Commons announces slate of fall events


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Members of the senior class convene at a table to eat during lunch.

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President Rick Commons provided updates on the status of several fall events and urged the school community to take precautions against COVID-19 in an email sent Sept. 3.

Commons said Back to School Day will take place virtually for middle school parents Sept. 18 and upper school parents Sept. 25. Meanwhile, the school will host the Senior Ceremony and Homecoming events in-person Sept. 12 and Oct. 2 respectively. It will also live-stream the State of the School Address on Sept. 14 with the option for parents to attend in-person at the Middle School.

Commons said he encourages members of the community to remain vigilant about COVID-19 in order to promote a safe environment during the upcoming months.

“The virus is still a serious threat, so I ask that you continue to be cautious in social situations, especially over this coming Labor Day weekend, so that you don’t compromise your own health and by extension the health of our school community,” Commons wrote in the email.

Kara Yoon ’23 said she is unsure about which Homecoming events she will attend and will wait to decide on participating until the school provides more logistics.

“Personally, I don’t quite know how I feel about Homecoming because I’m not really sure if I want to go to the dance,” Yoon said. “I think that it definitely will be a better experience than if it was online or didn’t happen at all. On the other hand, I’m not sure how the school is going to handle COVID precautions.”

Donna Yang (Konnie Duan ’23) said while she recognizes the possible safety risks of an in-person Back to School Day, the thought of yet another virtual event is unfortunate.

“I am a bit disappointed that Back to School Day will be online,” Yang said. “Being in-person not only allows us to connect better with the teachers, but it also allows us to meet other parents. I understand why there are limitations, though.”

Gisele Stigi ’22 said she believes it is important for students to be physically present at the Senior Ring Ceremony following more than a year of remote learning.

“Even though it’s so strange to think that this time has finally come, I am really excited for Senior Ring Ceremony,” Stigi said. “After such an abnormal junior year, I think that an in-person ceremony is exactly what my grade needs to make us feel more comfortable with the idea of us being seniors. I’m so grateful that we are all beginning to return to some form of normalcy for our last year of high school.”


Upcoming events for seniors:

Colorado Consortium College Event — Wednesday, Sept. 8 (Zoom)

Senior Ceremony — Sunday, Sept. 12 (in-person)

Senior Family College Night — Tuesday, Sept. 21 (Zoom)