Sun, May 17, 2015
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Friends of Herron High School,
First of all I want to thank everyone who emailed and talked to me about last week’s newsletter. I feel as though the “only at Herron High School” will remain our mantra many years into our future. I appreciate everyone’s kind and generous words.
I have been giving much thought to this coming week. In so many ways it is a victory. We are graduating 162 seniors this Wednesday night! The vast majority of our seniors are on their way to four-year colleges and universities, a few are taking a gap year to do service, and a few are joining the military. When I spoke to them at their senior breakfast, I challenged them to savor the remaining time they have to together.
Graduation is always a bittersweet time for teachers and staff. On one hand, we are so proud of what the Class of 2015 has accomplished over these past four years and eager to see what these young adults will accomplish in the decades to come. On the other hand, we are sincerely going to miss their presence within the walls of Herron High School.
This graduating class is particularly close. They have supported one another personally and academically, and they have lived out our Core Values. One of our Core Values is particularly applicable to this graduating class. It states: Herron High School Builds A Culture of Respect and Trust Through Relationships with People and Ideas. It is clear that these seniors have built lasting relationships with their fellow classmates and teachers, and they have served as mentors to our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. Their engagement in internships and community service will serve as inspirations for years to come.
We are reminded that graduation is not an end, but the beginning of a new journey for these graduates. Before them lies new challenges and we say our farewells with the confidence that we have prepared these students with an exemplary education that will help them fulfill their dreams and aspirations.
As we send the class of 2015 off to their next adventure, we wish them safety, love, and the rewards of intellectual pursuits. We hope that someday they will return to Indianapolis and work to make our city better. We especially hope that some of them will return to teach at our school, or become community leaders in our neighborhoods.
Class of 2015, we wish you well. Please keep in touch and remember that we are only an email or phone call away.
All my best,
Janet H. McNeal, Head of School
Complete newsletter here: 5.17.2015 HHS