News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 7, 2021
School graduation plans set
Returning to tradition

by Leslie Landrigan

School graduation will look closer to normal than it did last year under plans approved on May 4 by the Community School District board.

Deer Isle-Stonington High School graduates will march on Sunday, June 6, in front of their families and households. Their audience will be seated in the gym according to a plan that complies with the state’s looser gathering limits. Last year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, limited numbers of family members rotated in and out of the gym to watch their student receive a diploma.

“We can accommodate everybody on their wish list,” high school science teacher Jessica Talbot told the board during a Zoom meeting.

After picture-taking, the students will form a motorcade and drive around the island. On June 7, they plan to go to Kittery for paintball, a ropes course and shopping or the beach, depending on weather.

Seventh grade promotion

The seventh graders said they want a live, traditional promotion event, and they want it recorded, elementary school principal Tara McKechnie told the board.

So the ceremony will take place on the softball field on Monday, June 14, the last day of school. Dana McGraw, the school’s physical education teacher, will speak. Students will sit in the bleachers and families will sit on the field in physically distanced pods. Afterward, the seventh graders can have their pictures taken in a photo booth decorated with flowers, McKechnie said.