As the school year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection on the past school year and where we are headed for in the future. On May 31st, we will celebrate our senior class and their accomplishments both academic and personal. The evening, and weeks leading up to it, are filled with mixed emotions. Many students, families, and staff are thrilled to see our seniors take the next steps towards realizing their dreams beyond HS but there is also a sense of impending loss. Our staff spend approximately seven hours a day for one-hundred eighty days at school cultivating relationships with students, some of whom have been with us for many years. It is hard not to think of our community as an extended family which makes saying goodbye so hard.
While we recognize the sadness, we try to focus on the excitement and pride that moving on from LPS can bring. Some of the changes that we have seen in our students over the years can’t be measured by an IEP. They are getting together with a friend for the first time, sharing laughter when there used to be only tears, finding a voice, discovering a talent, accepting help, showing compassion, and being in a play. These are the elements of growth that we remember when we think of students. Our seniors will be off having new experiences and adventures which give rise to new opportunities for growth. They have gained confidence and skills that they can take with them and will hopefully look back on their time at LPS with fondness. Success has different meanings from different perspectives but happiness should always be part of that equation. For those moving on from LPS, we will certainly miss you, but we hope you see this ending as a new beginning.