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Dear Scituate High School Administration and Faculty:

Upon hearing about the changes that have been made to this year's Class Day, the senior class and a majority of the high school feels strongly about allowing Class Day to be an ALL school event, as it has always been in previous years. As underclassmen, Class Day was hands down one of the most exciting days of the year to watch the senior classes celebrate their completion of high school and each other in front of the whole school. For the past three years this was a day that we have looked forward to as we sat in the audience watching our upperclassmen celebrate. It has inspired us to continue to work hard so that we could one day participate in Class Day ourselves. As administration often says, spirit week and other events throughout the year divide the classes, but this is one event that has brought the school together and allowed the Scituate High School student body and faculty to experience a final bonding time together and to celebrate what we are at Scituate High School for: to be part of a close-knit community of individuals that work hard in order to experience that glorious moment up on stage in front of everyone, just as classes before us have. We should not be stripped of a Scituate High School end of the year tradition and celebration once again. Many of us feel as though we have been deprived throughout this school year of Scituate High School traditions due to the actions of a few students last year who have more than paid their dues for one mistake from nearly a year ago. The members of our class feel victimized by the administration and rather than being sad about leaving the place where we have spent our last four years, we will be leaving Scituate High School hurt and bitter if we have another experience, typical to senior year and end of the
year celebrations, robbed from us. Walking across the stage to look out to an
empty auditorium would take away the excitement of the event and would be
inadequate. After all the hard work, we deserve to share one last moment with our high school as a whole.

We understand that due to many snow days and superfluous amounts of standardized testing this year, that underclassmen have lost time in the classroom to learn. However, we do not feel as though it will truly impede on their studying time for final exams, which is said to be the issue at hand. If necessary, a parent permission slip for students to attend Class Day can and should be administered. We are also afraid that if allowing students to attend Class Day is left to the teacher's discretion only, that students will miss out on a supportive, all-school, positive celebration as many students did during the in school unified game. Switching around the periods of the week, to make students miss period 9 rather than an academic period could also be a simple solution, as it is for Pep Rally and a variety of other events throughout the year. Considering that Senior Seminar is no longer necessary, period 8 from Tuesday could also be moved to Friday to ensure that if Class Day runs longer than planned, students would not be missing out on academic class time.

We sincerely hope you will reconsider this unfair and unnecessary alteration that has been made to this year's Class Day.


The Senior Class of 2015

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