Every year the MVGS PTO hosts a banquet for the graduating seniors (some of whom are actually juniors, but they’re finishing our program…and it’s complicated sometimes). We consider it a mini-graduation for our students, after all, we’ve asked them to work very hard for the last two years, and it just feels appropriate to honor that effort and diligence formally.
For the most part, the teachers don’t have to do much for this banquet but show up, which is a nice change of pace from our normal level of responsibility. The one thing we are responsible for, though, is creating a “laud” for each senior. A laud is a very brief message for each student where we try to highlight some of their strengths, and mention the things about them that we have found notable or enjoyable over the course of their time here.
While writing a specific laud for each student is a daunting task, we feel fortunate that our students have great individual personalities and that we get to spend the kind of time with them that allows us to say something personal about each and every one.
The model of our school was well-planned, and our curriculums are rich and varied, but it is the opportunity our program allows for us to develop relationships of substance with our students that is our greatest strength. We can only be as effective as teachers as they allow us to be, and we are grateful to have the chance to be a part of their school experience.