Mother Nature can be a calming influence amidst all the turmoil of recent weeks. Jeani Amacher snapped this sunset photo at Clear Lake last week as the ice came off the water, signaling that summer is right around the corner.
Schools Make Plans
Both the Britton-Hecla and Langford Area School are moving ahead with end-of-the-year plans.
Langford Area seniors are holding out hope of having a “normal” graduation this year, and the school has moved commencement activities back from May 16 to Saturday, July 18. The school has also rescheduled the junior-senior prom for Saturday, July 11.
Last week Britton-Hecla announced that it is planning a graduation parade to honor this year’s graduates on Sunday, May 17.
Both schools are also planning virtual awards programs.
Britton-Hecla plans to create a video presentation and share it on Monday, May 11. Any organization wishing to be part of the video should contact Sheila Anderson at sheila.a.anderson@ k12.sd.us by May 4.
Langford Area plans to hold an end-of-the-year awards program for students and the public on Thursday, May 7. Superintendent Monte Nipp was not sure of all the details on how the program will be made available but said the school is looking at a Zoom webinar feature. The event will be recorded and also available to replay on Facebook or the school web site.
“Despite everything going on, there have been a lot of student accomplishments during the year,” said Nipp. “We will give out academic awards, each of the coaches will present athletic awards, and Mrs. Wieser will present music awards.”
Langford Area decided to postpone its graduation after input from the senior class.
“We met with the seniors on a Zoom meeting and what we heard was the two most important things to them was being able have family and friends join them to celebrate graduation day and to have graduation receptions,” said LA Superintendent Monte Nipp. “And they also wanted to try and have a prom.”
Nipp said students were asked to talk over plans with their parents and the school then surveyed parents as to their preferences.
“We had two or three people that just wanted to get it over with, but most of the others said, ‘What if?’ What if in July we could all be in a room together and be on stage with caps and gowns on. With only 14 seniors it wouldn’t be too tough to spread out.
“That’s what drove our decision,” Nipp added. “We’re just trying to give them a graduation ceremony where they can celebrate with friends and family. We pray that will happen, but only time will tell.”
Nipp said that if social distancing restrictions were still in place on July 1 there probably would not be a prom and graduation may have to take on a different look.
“July 18 is about as late as we can go,” said Nipp. “Some of the students will have to begin reporting to college. But at the end of the day we want to be able to look our seniors in the face and know we did everything we could do to try and give them the best graduation