As the Class of 2018 received their diplomas last night, every member of our community who has supported these students had reason to be proud.
Their families and friends who watched the graduates grow from toddlers to preschoolers, who said goodbye as they kissed them and dropped them off at school or the bus stop that first day of kindergarten. The bus drivers who watched over them and kept them safe not only to and from school, but to the zoo, sporting events, and everywhere in between. The elementary school teachers who helped them gain the very foundation of their education, who reinforced lessons from home about playing nice, being kind, and learning to share. The middle school teachers who helped them transition from their childhood years to their teens, who taught them to study, and made sure every student knows that working hard may not always be enough to find success, but it’s always a good start. Their high school teachers and counselors, who have spent the last several years watching them grow into the early stages of adulthood, while challenging them to engage even further with their education, to find their passion and to stoke the flames of service to their community and the world at large.
We’re all so grateful to have been a part of their journey, and we offer our sincerest congratulations on this achievement.
It is the goal of Silver Falls School District that 100% of our students graduate from high school. We’re not there yet, but on graduation day we feel the weight of that goal on our hearts. How could we settle for anything less?
And of course, we recognize the efforts of all those people in the graduates’ lives who don’t work for the school district and yet were instrumental in their success. Parents and siblings, yes, but grandparents, cousins, coaches, neighbors, church leaders, employers… the list goes on and on. Thank you for the support you’ve given these students, thank you for the support you’ve given and continue to give their teachers and all the employees of the Silver Falls School District.
Though we know many of you were at graduation last night and had the chance to take photos for yourself, we offer you this slideshow of photos taken behind-the-scenes at graduation, in the staging areas as the graduates prepared for their last walk together through the halls of Silverton High School. Enjoy!