CIS students enjoy pizza during a weekend bowling outing at the J. Smith Young YMCA earlier this school year.

CIS students from Lexington Sr. High School enjoy pizza during a weekend bowling outing at the J. Smith Young YMCA earlier this school year.

It is so hard to believe that the 2013/14 school year is coming to an end. I have had such an amazing first year. I have become really attached to my 91 students and I am so proud of the accomplishments they have made.

In addition to all the hard school work they have done we have also had the chance to have some fun outside of the school setting. We went bowling, to a corn maze, roller skating, had pizza parties, and participated in parades, theater performances and college trips. We also just participated in the annual Multicultural Festival at Finch Park. I have been so impressed with the way all of my students come together as a group and love going places.

The mentors have been incredible; they really hold their students accountable for their actions and together we have made great strides (but) we aren’t done yet.

The prom is coming up on May 10, Relay for Life is May 16, and we are participating in the Spring Clean Up on May 17 at Charles England Elementary School. What an exciting time of year!

This year our seniors will be wearing something special during their graduation ceremony on June 13; during a special banquet held just for them on May 8 they received their very own CIS honor cord to proudly wear with their caps and gowns.

Someone asked me what the hardest part of my job is and I have to say that saying goodbye to all 21 of my seniors will definitely be the hardest. I am so proud of them and can’t wait to see what their future holds. (Yes I will be the one with a box of tissues at graduation).

Happy end-of-year from CIS and from LSHS! Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done to help these kids have a brighter future! They appreciate it more than you will ever know.