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The Rivermont schoolyear concludes in the most extraordinary way.

With final exams finished and classroom instruction concluded, the final week is filled with memorable events and valued school traditions. I am so excited about next week.

Competition between the school's two houses, the Imps and the Tigers, goes back more than a century. Tuesday morning will be filled with relay games, Braveheart, and a dunk tank - all part of the friendly rivalry between the Green and Orange. After Imp-Tiger Day, lawn chairs and blankets cover the circle as families and students enjoy Lunch on the Lawn. Students continue to play while parents share plans for the summer.

On Wednesday students are recognized for their achievements at the awards assemblies. Our Rivermont students are stellar in so many ways, and the morning serves as an opportunity to showcase accomplishments in intellect, character, and creativity. In between the awards assemblies, there will be a Headmaster's Reception, and the cookies are always so tasty!

Over the course of the past several weeks, members of the senior class have served internships at various businesses throughout the Quad Cities. Next Wednesday evening our Rivermont seniors will deliver presentations about their experiences and the lessons they learned from the process. The event is followed by a special dinner with family and friends as we honor the Class of 2016.

Adventureland! Thursday is the annual Middle School and Upper School trip to Adventureland theme park. The students always have a great time hanging out with their friends and enjoying the rides - the Tornado, the log ride, the Outlaw, the Raging River, and my favorite - the Splashover.

Finally, there's Friday - the day long awaited for ten seniors. Graduation at Rivermont highlights the benefits of a personalized education, one in which we know the students as unique individuals. Every teacher is present and awards are duly bestowed. Dr. Rives will deliver an intriguing address. Their names will be called, their hands will be shaken, and their diplomas will be awarded. Graduation can sure seem like the end, but Commencement is more aptly the beginning.

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