On Friday, May 23, the community celebrated the East Aurora High School’s 148th commencement. That day, 608 students walked across the stage and took the first steps toward their futures. As a community, we take great pride in the work of our students. As educators, we thank the parents, staff and community organizations that offer so much support to our students as they pursue their goals.
As a learning community, we cannot be satisfied until all of our students hold their diplomas proudly in their hands, knowing they have many more doors of opportunity open than if they do not complete their high school studies. Our work in the years to come is to motivate all students to cross that graduation stage. As educators, guardians and people who care about our community, we must instill in our students that high school graduation is an essential part of their lives.
This summer, please make sure to encourage students to take time to read, along with taking time to relax and play. Students who read regularly in the summer will be better prepared for a successful start to the next school year than their peers who do not read regularly. Please also take time to talk to your students about their goals, talk about their plan for achieving those goals, and reinforce the need to stay actively engaged in the classroom at least through high school graduation so they can have a brighter future.
I thank all of you who have worked hard in support of our students, and I thank you in advance for the work we will do together in the service of learning.
Dr. Michael A. Popp
Superintendent, East Aurora School District 131