Instead, I will clear a few things up since they were apparently not made clear.
Seniors get released an entire week early from school days to do what? Have fun. I for one am very excited. I have been looking forward to this all year. An entire week put aside for my class to enjoy our last high school moments. It’s sentimental and it’s nostalgic.
Personally, I paid for senior week early in the school year, as soon as I could.
Other students obviously didn’t. For countless days now, we have heard Ms. Scott say on the announcements to come by the ASB window and talk to her or Laurie about paying for senior week because senior week was still on sale.
About one-two months ago, seniors got a green sheet of paper that outlined all the events that they could participate in before graduation; everything from prom, to the talent show, to senior week. In big italic letters above where senior week was planned out said, “*The Following Dates Are MANDATORY and ATTENDANCE will be taken*”.
This idea of going to something that some of the seniors were just not “into” didn’t settle right with them. On top of that seniors were being mandated to pay money.
Word got around, and before I could rant about how illogical this was, I had to get more information.
I had a conversation with Ms. Scott to gain further clarification on the matter. Ms. Scott would be much more knowledgeable about senior week than most of my peers. She let me know that there are seniors who don’t want to pay, and there are seniors who can’t pay.
Ms. Scott said, “Every senior who has come to see me, we have made arrangements for them to be included.”
I was not aware of the fact that there are donations coming in from different sources to fund senior week that also contributes to helping those seniors who can’t come up with the money.
The Costa Mesa community, including teachers and parents, have donated to senior week. Bonnie Aden, and the rest of the ladies who help in the cafeteria are coming to school this Sunday morning (Father’s day) to prepare all the breakfast casseroles that will be served at the senior breakfast in the gym on Monday.
She also let me know that senior week is in place of school. The only event that is not during school hours is the lock-in. This should not be another excuse for seniors to ditch there last days of high school. Ditching would be marked as “cuts” or “truant” and the students ditching would be the ones who don’t care about school in the first place.
“Senior Week is a Costa Mesa tradition that has been in place for five years. It was generated by me and I gained the Board of Education’s approval in replacing these instructional minutes with fun activities,” Ms. Scott shared.
Lastly, I was told that every senior who participated in senior week did not regret it. The Activities Office could recall one instance where a senior was hesitant about going and didn’t think they would have a lot of fun or if it would be worth it. This senior went to the ASB Window afterwards and said how much fun she had and thanked ASB for pushing them to go.
Saturday-Sunday: Senior Lock-in
Monday: Bachelorette, Breakfast, Speeches/Reflections
Tuesday: Senior Bowling @ the District
Wednesday: Graduation Practice
Thursday night: Grad Night
Written and Photo by Kelsey Armstrong