NEWTON, MA — Like every other school in the state, Newton South, and Newton North high schools have been physically closed since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. In an effort to help seniors mark the end of four years in high school, officials came up with the amended way to celebrate, even as they hold out hope for an in-person graduation later.
"As we honor our graduates this week, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we can have in-person, cap and gown graduation ceremonies to award diplomas later this summer, pending public health guidance," said Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.
Beginning at noon Sunday, the seniors and their families will travel through “Celebration Lanes” at Newton North and Newton South High Schools. Superintendent David Fleishman, teachers, School Committee members, City Councilors and Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, all physically distanced and in masks, will flank the roadside as graduates and their families drive, bike or walk along the routes in decorated vehicles or bikes.
Check out the livestream thanks to NewTV:
Then next week, the schools will hold virtual celebrations. Class of 2020 seniors will be featured with individual 5 second clips of each as well as reflections from guests and dignitaries on Wednesday online for Newton North and Thursday for Newton South.
Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 pm
Video link from the Newton North HS Website here: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/nnhs
Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 pm
Video link from the Newton South HS Website here: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/nshs