SI Graduation Summary: Here’s What Some Schools Have Done For Seniors And How Graduates Spent Their Time During The Pandemic
Staten Island schools have dramatically stepped up efforts to make their seniors feel special in the place of the pandemic and the way it has wreaked havoc in the last three months of the school year and affected graduations.
From photos of graduates posted on the wall of buildings outside the school to putting up signboards in homes for the elderly, school administrators have tried to make their seniors feel special.
Below is an overview of what some schools have done for their graduates and what some students have done during the pandemic.
CSI High School
The CSI High School for International Studies posted photographs of each graduate student (124 in all) on one of the exterior walls of the building to show their love and support for their departing students.
On Friday Memorial Day weekend, the school also gave each student a poster on the lawn with their photos so they could display in front of their own residence. In addition, the school delivered a sports bag for seniors, a t-shirt for seniors as well as their caps and dresses.
“We did the ‘Celebrate the Elders Wall’ and other personalized touches like the panels on the lawn with the portraits of the graduates because our school is like a family, every child and every family deserves individual recognition,” said said Annette, CSI HS Parent Coordinator. Lentini. “We also wanted to let every student and senior know that he’s special. Our seniors, like all graduate students, missed several important milestones.
“While we can never replace them, we can pay tribute to the achievements of the Class of 2020 and honor them in the most special way possible. We have also created a video with posts from some of our staff to share with the students. “
When the pandemic began and closed schools, Lentini said school principal Joseph Canale personally hand-delivered laptops to any student who did not have them.
“Not wanting them to wait for the long process it takes to request a computer online, he drove straight to their house the same day they requested! Lentini said.
In total, Canale visited 31 homes across Staten Island.
“He wears a mask, protective gloves, calls the parent and, in front of the house, disinfects the computer with Clorox wipes and gives it to the parent,” Lentini said. “This week alone he visited the homes of three students.
And to keep sanity during the pandemic, Lentini said staff organized “Masked CSinger,” a weekly student show that mimics the TV show.
“Parents and students were thrilled to see the (last episode) to see the unveiling of the Masked CSinger! “
ADVANCE NEWSPAPER CARRIER GETS A NICE PARTY
Advance newspaper delivery man Joey Cina himself threw a graduation party last month at his parents’ house.
The Monsignor Farrell graduate invited some of his closest friends and family to a party to celebrate his great achievement.
Of course, the revelers wore face coverings and attempted to obey social distancing measures.
Ahead of the party, Cina was seen delivering the Staten Island Advance to his customers, which he is very proud of.
GATEWAY ACADEMY HOSTS AN OUTDOOR DIPLME CEREMONY FOR 8TH GRADE PUPILS
Gateway Academy in Richmond Valley hosted an outdoor graduation ceremony for its 17 graduates on June 12 at the school grounds.
“It was a ‘Drive-In’ style where families (limited to one car per child) could park, with an appropriate distance, and watch the ceremony,” said Stacey Bacenet, executive assistant to the director of the school at Gateway. “The students and staff were in our seat, all seated 6 feet apart and wearing masks with their caps and dresses. “
According to Bacenet, Congressman Max Rose was present. He addressed graduates and their families and presented awards.
Gateway will open a high school in September, which means some of the current 8th grade graduates will be part of Gateway’s first HS class in 2024.
A FISHERMAN IN PROGRESS
Nick Venditti, who is a member of the Saint-Pierre Class of 2020, has spent a lot of time fishing during the pandemic.
The result paid off well last week with a catch of this 5lb fish at Silver Lake Park.
“Thanks to social distancing, that’s how he spends a lot of his time,” said his mother, Marie Venditti. “He becomes a fisherman!