SMSD Celebrates Post-High Students

SMSD Celebrates Post-High Students
Shawnee Mission School District

A group of nine individuals marked the conclusion of their education in the Shawnee Mission School District during a ceremony on May 17. These celebrated students represent those who have completed their time receiving Post-High School services.

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Joe Gilhaus, Board President Dr. Mary Sinclair, and Board members Jessica Hembree and David Westbrook joined an audience of family, friends, and educators who were there to cheer the student honorees.

Gilhaus delivered the commencement address, highlighting how much the students have grown as well as all of the gifts, talent, laughter, and joy they brought to school every day. He reflected that during his time as an educator, some of his favorite times have been spent with students receiving these services. Gilhaus expressed that he was confident the skills the students have gained while in the Post-High Program would support a bright future.

As the ceremony continued, each student was presented with a diploma and Amanda Wade, special education coordinator for high school and post-high transition services, shared reflections on each student. During their moment in the spotlight, the crowd heard about student interests, talents, and accomplishments. As the ceremony wrapped up, the students received a collective round of applause from all who were there to celebrate them.

Shawnee Mission’s Post-High program provides services for individuals ages 18-21. While in the program, students continue activities that prepare them to live and work in the community. They are able to develop employment skills and also may be involved in recreation and leisure activities, community college classes, and volunteer projects.