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Palo Verde Celebrates Their Graduating Eagles

Palo Verde Elementary held its first 5th Grade Zoom Promotion Ceremony last week. Current and former staff, as well as family and friends from and around the world, logged on to celebrate the 2020 graduating Eagles. The ceremony opened in proper fashion with "Pomp and Circumstance," which had been prerecorded by the 5th grade music teachers. After opening remarks and introductions from Principal Annora Lee, each teacher shared heartfelt words about their students. Students then had their names called and faces "spotlighted" on the Zoom screen. The ceremony ended with closing remarks from the principal, and a lovely rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

To uphold a Palo Verde tradition, teachers facilitated each 5th grader in composing a 45-second promotion speech. Once the students' speeches were approved, parents videotaped them presenting their speech. A Palo Verde parent made a compilation video to share with each 5th grader and their family.

The Palo Verde teachers, staff, and parents worked incredibly hard to create something that would feel special and unique for the students. Congratulations, 5th grade Eagles!

Teacher joyful at 5th grade promotion event
 
Student dressed up for remote 5th grade promotion
Student family + dog at remote 5th grade promotion
 
Teacher appreciating remote 5th grade promotion