Families lined up waving to Baty ES staffTo close the school year, DVISD schools found new ways to celebrate students and say goodbye to 5th-grade students heading on to middle school through socially-distanced parades, recognition events, and videos.

Baty, Creedmoor, Gilbert, and Del Valle Elementary Schools each organized a parade for teachers and staff members through neighborhoods surrounding their schools. Students lined the streets while staff passed along the routes sharing cheers and waves with families. The parades were summer send-offs for students, staff, and family members while also giving students the opportunity to share gratitude with their teachers and school staff.

Car with Thank you Popham Teachers/Staff signCollins, Hillcrest, Hornsby-Dunlap and Popham Elementary Schools celebrated with drive-in recognition events. Parents were invited to honk, wave, clap, and cheer as they passed the staff in the school parking lot. Teachers and staff also cheered with signs and noisemakers to recognize students. Many families decorated their cars with signs showing appreciation for the teachers.

Students from the Ladybug Pre-K class at the Del Valle Child Development Center enjoyed a private promotion ceremony where each student was visited at home and presented with a completion certificate and t-shirt.

Hornsby-Dunlap staff lined up waving at passing vehiclesAt the Del Valle Middle School and the DAEP, teachers created a video featuring messages of inspiration and positivity moving into the summer.

“Being able to see the faces of our students, in person, for the first time since March was such an exciting and emotional experience,” said Baty Principal Laura Carlin-Gonzalez, “Everyone was emotional, and it was the best way to close out the year. We love our kids and miss them so much!”