As last days of school go, this one had it all—happy, hugging students, silly T-shirts, a driveway full of waiting cars, and the traditional playing of Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out.”
But the students weren’t the only ones saying good-bye last Tuesday, June 11, when school ended in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Most of the teachers and staff at Snoqualmie Middle School were also leaving the school, for new positions at Chief Kanim Middle School and Twin Falls Middle School. The building will re-open next fall as a freshman campus of Mount Si High School, so its last day was one of mixed feelings for everyone who called it home.
To mark the moment, the teachers donned special black-and-white T-shirts, with a tombstone for SMS on the front, a dead dinosaur and the words “School of Extinction” on the back.
The commemorative shirts were “everybody’s idea,” said Lynn Bradwell, watching out for students after the final bell. “We just needed to poke fun at it.”
Despite the excitement of no more classes, some of the students were also aware that the day marked an end to their school.
“It’s kind of sad to see that SMS is closing down,” said Kamryn Smith, who will be a seventh grader at CKMS next fall. “This is a really good school.”
“We’re free!” one eighth-grade boy announced, “until next year, when we’re back here again.”
Allie Urbasich, also an eighth grader, will miss SMS, but is looking forward to coming back to her school as a freshman. There’s just one thing, though.
“Everything’s blue,” she said, of the school mascot and color scheme. “If it all stays blue, it’s just not going to feel like this is high school.”
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One of Cascade View Elementary School’s fifth grade students makes his way through a procession of faculty, graduating to middle school, on the final day of school.
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Above, Makyla Egan celebrates the last day of school on the North Bend Elementary School playground.
Disappointed students trail after music teacher Dan Ray, denied the chance to try out his air horn. Ray's comical send-off for the last day of school at Snoqualmie Middle School includes a blast from the horn, followed by Ray shouting "Go away!"
Bringing it in for a hug, classmates Chaija Olsson, Steven Walters and Scout Turner celebrate the last day at SMS.
Allie Urbasich, left, and Kamryn Smith wait for their rides on the last day of classes at SMS. Urbasich will be back at SMS next year when the school opens as a freshman campus, and Smith will be going to Chief Kanim. Both are sad to see the school close, and Urbasich is excited to come back as a freshman, but she hopes the school will be repainted over the summer. "Everything's blue," she said.
Gabe VinWagoner gives a funky farewell handshake to Chaija Olsson when school lets out at Snoqualmie Middle School.
Loaded down with a year's worth of stuff, SMS students stop their rush to the buses for one last hallway photo.