Grizzlies say nontraditional goodbye to close school year


On March 13th, Paul Kinder Middle School staff and students left for what they thought would be a one-week-long Spring Break. What they got was eight weeks of distance learning and no proper goodbye after spending the year together.

Thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak, students spent their Spring receiving instruction through Teams and a number of other digital platforms. Teachers recorded videos of their instruction, held class meetings, and collaborated with colleagues – all online.

Our custodial staff and P.E. teachers worked hard to bag up invidual locker contents and on Tuesday, May 19th, students had the opportunity to pick up those bags, buy yearbooks, and return any school property they had such as textbooks or library books.

Many teacher, students, and parents visited and said their goodbyes through masks. Those 8th graders that didn’t attend the farewell parade later in the week said goodbye to PKMS for the last time.

On Thursday, May 21st, teachers and administration lined the PKMS parking lot with signs, balloons, and lawn chairs to wave at Grizzlies as they drove through for a final goodbye to the 2019-2010 school year.

Thanks for a great year, Grizzlies!
See you in August!