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5/22/19

Dear Rockwell community,

With the graduation of the class of 2019, we appreciate the frustration of limited space for family and friends. The reality is that there are no mid-level venues that allow us to have open seating. We have done tickets for at least 8 of the 11 graduating classes, so while we feel for the frustration, it is also a huge undertaking on various levels to have this milestone in the lives of our graduates be as great as possible. We do everything in our power to get as many people in for these dignified proceedings. Some quick Math says that with 125 graduates who walk, they get to have 750 ticketed guests with roughly 50 administration, board members, community reps, faculty, and support staff, so we are at 925 with a capacity of 1000 at the Show Barn, the largest place we can get to accommodate us. Where can we move next? The largest possible option is UVU’s Event Center and that makes our efforts kind of like a BB in a boxcar. We won’t fill up the space for the cost associated, so we are just a unique size that makes it tough to satisfy all demands. We opt to focus on the graduates themselves and we do our best to keep everyone happy by not having an overly lengthy event, while still making it a memorable one. So, again, while we more than appreciate your frustration, our primary concern is that each graduate knows how much we love them and that we want this to be an enjoyable launch into their adult lives. We look forward to spending that time together on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm.

Speaking of numbers, we need a formal piece of paper or two filled out as soon as possible. One is called an Intent to Reenroll (could be be an Intent to Enroll) and this lets us know how we can best plan for next year. The other paper is a course request where students request the classes they need or want so we can best plan a schedule. Both of these things are crucial in our planning efforts for the new school year. Our concern is that if we only have so many teachers and then a huge influx of students in the first term of the school year, we won’t be able to take care of students to the best of our ability. Please get these forms filled out before we get too far into summer when all email seems to die without much of a read. We know some students are leaving for the new schools in the area and genuinely wish them well. We know others are moving out of the area completely, even out of state, and we wish them well. Teachers and support staff simply need to know who will be here so we can work at planning over the summer for the 2019-20 school year.

To repeat myself a bit, I am grateful for this current graduating class and those from the past as well as those to come. These young people, even the ones who challenge us or seem to choose poorly, represent myriad reasons to keep working hard and having hope in an increasingly confusing world. While even the ones who struggle have potential, the concern becomes the increasingly hard issues to deal with daily. I am grateful for the people who work here and try to engage students in learning, in owning their preparation for the future. It is not an easy job, but it can be so fulfilling, if we choose to have it be so. I’m grateful to parents and guardians who have entrusted us with their students. I am sorry that trust is sometimes tested, but when we are all working with the same objectives in mind, it is also rewarding. Lastly and most essentially, I am grateful for our students who are perfectly imperfect and the majority still seem to have a hope about a better world. That is so often what sustains me and others in our efforts. When all is said and done, without students, we don’t have a school.

I genuinely appreciate you entrusting your students to us. Not a day goes by that we don’t worry about honoring that trust. Thank you for your time and consideration of my comments here. Please stick with us and help us help your students be successful for the longest possible term in their lives.

Enjoy summer, Marshals!,

Darren Beck,
Executive Director
Rockwell Charter High School

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