“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”–we are fairly certain that back in their sophomore year when we read A Tale of Two Cities together and spent a full class period discussing the universal application of the first sentence of Charles Dickens’s tome, our students were not thinking how closely their senior year would mimic this sentiment. We, as their English teachers, certainly didn’t.
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Once we found ourselves forcibly separated by the pandemic, the class leaders immediately brainstormed ways to re-connect everyone and remind them that no matter the separation, they were all still members of the mighty Class of 2020. Kahoot-filled class meetings began almost immediately with students competing over how much they know about one another. These meetings celebrated lively competition, good-natured teasing, and much-missed class bonding. These moments of joy allowed everyone to come together and be appreciative of one another and forget for just a bit that things this year were different. These difficult times also saw the birth of the Instagram account celebrating seniors and their choices for the future; the Class of 2020 once again proved that CA students adapt to all circumstances.
As we say a fond farewell to our seniors, our hearts are selfishly heavy with our own sense of loss but filled with excitement for what this class will achieve. This group of young people truly knows the most valuable life lesson there is: when confronted with the worst of times, turn things around and make them the best of times. Congratulations Class of 2020!