Dear Simons Spartans:
On behalf of the teachers, staff, tutors, and mentors, I extend sincere congratulations to the Class of 2020. Typically, the Promotion Ceremony is a day where families, friends, staff, and the student body celebrate the hard work, dedication, and growth that you have accomplished. Despite these unprecedented times, your achievements will still be honored. You have acquired new knowledge and skills, gained new experiences, and grown as individuals. As you embark upon the next phase of your journey, I urge you to passionately apply your skills and knowledge with compassion, honesty, and integrity.
The graduating class of 2020 from Simons Middle School will leave with some uncertainties but will enter high school with the power of education in their hands. In a time when we must all remain flexible, the Class of 2020 is pliable and prepared for the challenges of high school. The Class of 2020 has learned strategies and content from our dedicated teachers. The students of Simons Middle School are creative, who can think critically while collaborating and respecting the thoughts of others, and are capable of expressing themselves through multiple mediums.
We celebrate your many achievements this commencement season. This milestone also marks the fulfillment of a promise from the incredible faculty and staff who have inspired and challenged you to be your best self. Even when faced with obstacles, you remained committed and focused on your goal – completing your education. I have every reason to believe that the support from your families, loved ones, and friends contributed to your success. Savor this accomplishment with them as you lay the foundation for great successes in the years ahead.
As you prepare to leave Simons Middle School, we welcome all of you as our newest alumni. The staff members, many who are also alumni of Simons and/or PUSD, take great pride in knowing that you will proudly represent our great school, district, and city. We wish you continued success and happiness.
Roddy Layton Principal