Cancel Aquinas’ Senior Exit Project for 2021 Graduating Class

Cancel Aquinas’ Senior Exit Project for 2021 Graduating Class

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We, the parents and students of the Aquinas High School graduating class of 2021 do hereby petition that the Senior Exit Project for this year be canceled.  Our reasons for this request are as follows:

1. This is the first and only class to ever have been 100% distance learning. This has caused our students to focus on self-motivation, self-organization and in many instances, autodidactic learning which has presented challenges no other graduating class has had yet to face.

2. Our children are bombarded with assignments, sometimes as many as 20 per day which, in addition to the college admissions and scholarship applications has caused an undue amount of stress in their lives as they struggle to maintain their GPA.

3. Our children have had no social or athletic outlets with which to vent frustrations and minimize stressors. They have stated to us, their peer groups and vicariates that they are overwhelmed. 

4. In addition to all of the above, they have had to deal with the unparalleled fears, stress and uncertainty that this virus has caused not only in regard to the rites of passage of children their age, but also concern for their health, the health of their friends and families and the worry that comes with  not knowing what their future as college students or as adults holds. Many of us have lost loved ones during this pandemic which our children have also had to deal with.

5. We would rather our children spend their time, attention and energy on their coursework that will actually prepare them for college rather that a project that has little bearing on their collegiate success.

6. As of today’s date -2/26/2021 - many of our children  do not have approval for their topics/projects in spite of revisions made and submitted several times.

7. Finally, we feel that simply graduating this year in these difficult and uncertain times and under these trying circumstances, has been project enough.

We implore the administration to waive the Senior exit project requirement for this year’s graduating class and hope that our voices are heard.

Respectfully, the undersigned parents of 2021 graduating seniors and seniors of the graduating class of 2021

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