Bernard F. Bragen, Jr. June 2021
The Close of the School Year
As this school year rapidly approaches its end, I am filled with several thoughts. The first is gratitude for the efforts of our students, teachers, staff, and parents for making this school year the success that it was. With the COVID-19 impact looming over this school year, our resolve and flexibility were significantly tested, and yet our school community rose to the occasion, providing our students' superlative educational programming across a variety of platforms. This ensured that school was at least one constant that the children of our community could count on during these uncertain times. I am very proud of the entire school community, and I do believe that we have emerged from this pandemic stronger than when we entered it.
We also have our high school graduations occurring at each of our schools on June 22, 2021. The graduations are scheduled for 4:00 pm at John P. Stevens High School and 8:00 pm at Edison High School. Both graduations are being conducted on each school's athletic field, with one ceremony for all graduates. Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors! We are extremely proud of these students and wish them continued success in all future endeavors!
As we prepare for the new school year, we anticipate a return to normalcy in September 2021, with our schools opening in the traditional manner with all students returning to in-person instruction. Our administrative teams are ensuring that the schools are fully staffed, stocked, equipped, and ready for the return to full capacity. I cannot wait to see all of our students and staff in our buildings and eagerly look forward to September. As with all things related to COVID-19, this depends on the status of the virus in our community and the regulations in place at the time, but our fingers are crossed.
I hope everyone has a great summer and is able to spend quality time with family members. And as always, continue to Shine Bright Edison!