COVID 19 changes Reitz Class of 2020 experience
EVSC schools closed March 13. Soon after, Indiana Governor Holcomb closed the state and extended all IN school closures through June 30, 2020. With apprehension and maybe some nervous energy, students left the Hill on Friday, March 13 and met the COVID 19 international pandemic with grit and resolve. (Friday the 13th — can you believe it?)
Salute to our educators, support staff, parents and students for doing the work necessary to teach, to reach out (albeit virtually or on an old-fashion phone call), to feed, to support and to hit the marks for grades, goals and graduation.
The Spring Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” ran just one night, March 12. Click for cast list. or her to see a tidbit of the show in practice!
Spring sports were cancelled with grief and loss bearable only when we ponder that lives were saved by state and national lock-downs.
FJ Reitz Big Blue Boosters cancelled March and April meetings.
Prom was cancelled. Another hard hard hit for so many students. But photos and virtual gatherings assured the color and flair of seniors was on display.
Many traditional senior activities were set aside, replaced this spring by new commemorations — Tik-Tok, Zoom, Facebook and Instagram stories to name a few. These are the 2020 National Honor Society inductees. Throughout our lives, the COVID 19 year of 2020 will not be forgotten: by history books or ourselves.
EVSC plans to hold official commencement ceremonies in the summer using each high schools’ outdoor stadium.
So graduation in The Bowl will continue.
COVID 19 will pass — Please know that everyone at Reitz is looking ahead to 2020-2021 PANTHER Academic Year. Click here and you can take a look at the courses offered at your FJ Reitz High School.
May 2020: Century Campaign. See this page!
May 2020: We have funds for Bowl Visitor Entrance Gates and for Main Entrance Gates (at Austin and Dreier). We need funding for Tick Booth and lighting. Soooo — donations to the Century Campaign are still helpful. Even in these tough times, take a stand for tradition and community. Show Panther Nation strength. Click here to Send your restricted donation to Big Blue Boosters.
What is Century Campaign Supporting? Big Blue Boosters has professionally designed plans for two impressive entry gates. Draft plans can be seen on the News Page of this website. We are short of goal. Initial goal was $100,000 for 100 years. But to complete the gates — due to generous in-kind donations from Alumni Business Owners/contractors we only need $9,000 more to build both sets of gates. Contact us with questions.