‘Tis the season to celebrate our graduating seniors | Mukilteo Schools

By Dr. Marci Larsen, Superintendent | Jun 07, 2017

The end of the school year is an exciting time for all of our students, who are looking forward to taking a break from the classroom to enjoy many summer activities. It’s especially exciting for the high school seniors and their families.

For many of us in the schools, it’s hard to believe that those fresh, young faces who showed up as little kindergarteners in the fall of 2004 are now grown up and ready to transition to a new phase in their lives. With that change will come a multitude of events to help them celebrate.

The activities are already underway, with senior proms for all three of our high schools already behind us. The calendar also includes awards ceremonies, as well as senior breakfasts and barbecues. For our seniors, it all culminates with graduation, the arrival of family members to mark the special occasion, and saying goodbye to friends who will now be going in other directions.

Members of the community can also take part in the graduation ceremonies if they would like. Those attending would find that each of the events is very different, reflecting very much the nature of their school. The Kamiak and Mariner graduation ceremonies are quite large with each holding to the traditions of those schools, while the graduation at ACES High School is much smaller and very family orientated.

A favorite of mine is the graduation ceremony for our Community-Based Transition Center (CBTC), a program that may not be familiar to many in our community. It’s a program that serves special education students who are between the ages of 18 and 21.

The program provides the students with the life skills they will need to become an independent member of society. They learn daily living skills such as how to count money, read instructions, complete forms and use technology. They also learn interpersonal skills such as maintaining relationships with others and what it’s like to hold a job.

The students in the CBTC program learn how to use public transportation, shop for groceries and cook a meal. They learn self-grooming and to be an advocate for themselves while on the job and in the community. In the process of this learning, they go to the library and to restaurants, and visit parks, stores and other community sites.

By the way, we are thankful for the generosity of the local businesses who welcome our students as they learn these skills. If you run a business and would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you.

As you might expect, the graduation for the CBTC students is a very heartwarming event filled with a great deal of pride and excitement. This year, 13 students are scheduled to be honored in ceremonies that will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13 at our Teaching and Learning Center. If you’d like to come, please call 425-356-1275 to let them know you will be attending.

As for the other graduation ceremonies, you’re welcome to attend those, as well. The graduation for ACES High School will be held in the school gym at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. Both the Mariner and Kamiak graduations will be held at the Xfinity Arena in downtown Everett on Friday, June 16. The ceremony for Mariner will start at 4 p.m. and the Kamiak graduation gets underway at 8 p.m.

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