Dear School Superintendent,
I wanted to take some time to let you know how thrilled I was to attend my son’s graduation from the middle school last night. The teachers and staff made sure that the ceremony was one I’ll never forget, in ways that only a bureaucracy like the school system could.
First of all, I thought it was wonderful how the school demonstrated its commitment to the environment by turning off the air conditioning system in the gym. It was only 85 degrees outside yesterday – no need to waste energy in the name of comfort! Once hundreds of people filled the gym and the indoor temperature reached more than 100 degrees, it was obvious how much our schools care about carbon footprint reduction. I know you could have opted to use the football field for the ceremony, but instead, you okayed the use of the gym to show that our schools care about Mother Nature! That means a lot to me as a parent.
Right after the ceremony when the ambulance, fire department, and rescue squad had to come help the people who passed out, I marveled at the educational opportunity the school provided. Even during a celebration, it’s so important for our kids to keep learning! Why read about CPR or smelling salts in a book when you can witness them firsthand? It also inspired a discussion about heat stroke and dehydration on the drive home. I’m proud to know that my son’s school cares enough to provide its students with real-world applications for the lessons taught in the classroom (or in the gym, in this case).
I also want to thank whoever scheduled graduation for the night before the last day of school. Since the entire week has already consisted of nothing but watching movies and going outside, it’s important to maintain a sense of routine for the students. I was so excited for the chance to explain to my son that he had to go to school even though he already graduated! It provided some much needed parent/child bonding time, as well as giving both of us a chance to practice using our outdoor voices. The scheduling for the event was so thoughtful; I’d love to know who came up with the idea so I could give them a more personalized expression of my gratitude.
Finally, I want to let you know how much I appreciate the school’s decision to relax the dress code for graduation, even after an automated phone call telling parents that it would be enforced as usual. Not only did my son find out that the real world is unpredictable, but he also got to experience tons of attention from his peers since he was one of the only boys in dress clothes. I also see the immense value in giving the other male students a head start on their high school wardrobes of camo shorts and Tapout t-shirts. And all the girls in miniskirts, strapless tops, and hooker heels were probably overjoyed to prepare for futures full of underage drinking, one-night stands, and plastic surgery!
Overall, the graduation ceremony was remarkably well-executed. The middle school’s motto, Excellence Without Excuses, was evident in the care with which the event was planned. Thank you so much for allowing me to attend a ceremony I’ll remember for the rest of my life. If I were any more enthusiastic, I’d have to come to your house and punch you in the gut!