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2020 Celebration of Achievement

8th Grade Celebration of Achievement
This drive-thru celebration event will take place:
When: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Alphabetical by LAST NAME
  •   9:00 - 9:30       A - Ca
  •   9:30 - 10:00     Ce - Gam
  • 10:00 - 10:30    Gar - J
  • 10:30 - 11:00     K - M
  • 11:00 - 11:30     N - R
  • 11:30 - 12:00     S - Z
Where:  Atwater High School stadium lot
  • One car per student
  • Access Fruitland from Winton Way and enter lot; exit lot by turning right on Winton Way
  • Each 8th grader will write their first/last name on a piece of paper to hold up to their window (use marker to make name easy to read from 10 feet away)
  • DO NOT get out of vehicles - please practice social distancing
  • No walk-ups; students must arrive in a vehicle
  • Certificate of Promotion, awards, pins, cords, program in envelope to be picked up at table at end of lot (trunk can be opened to place envelope in)
  • Students may decorate their car windows to show school spirit and celebration
  • Atwater Historical Society is opening up the Bloss Home for pictures on June 5th from 9 am to 4pm
Mitchell Senior Elementary School  
1753 Fifth Street, Atwater, CA  95301 
Main Office: (209)357-6124   FAX (209)357-6506
Principal – Diana Dietz
Assistant Principal – Pati Fishback                   Assistant Principal – Brandi Thompson
COVID-19 Update:  Graduation
May 14, 2020

Dear 8th grade parents/guardians,
As we near the end of the school year, we realize many of you have questions regarding the traditional 8th grade graduation event.  Below is a short FAQ to help address the common questions that have been asked in regard to COVID-19’s impact on our graduation ceremony.

Will there be a ceremony?
Based on recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Merced County Public Health, Atwater Elementary School District and Mitchell Senior Elementary School have made the difficult decision to not hold the traditional 8th grade graduation ceremony and instead proceed with a 2020 Celebration of Achievement of all 8th grade students during a drive-thru event at Atwater High School parking lot on the morning of Friday, June 5, 2020.  Details of this event will be shared with you soon via Parent Square.

Mitchell Senior will be providing all 8th graders with a Certificate of Promotion and a program including the names of all Mitchell Senior Elementary School 8th graders and recognition of award and scholarship recipients, along with a gift from the Atwater Elementary School District and Board of Trustees.  

We are proud to be sending this outstanding and resilient future high school Class of 2024 off to our local schools in the Merced Union High School District.

Can I still purchase a gown?
Some have asked if they can purchase a gown for photos at home.  Jostens is the company we historically have you purchase gowns from, but school closed before these were ordered this year.  You may inquire online at to purchase on your own.  Students would have worn blue gowns.

How will my child receive the promotion certificate?
Students will receive an envelope during the drive-thru 2020 Celebration of Achievement on the morning of Friday, June 5th.  The envelope will contain the Certificate of Promotion, any awards, pins, cords, or scholarships earned, and a 2020 Celebration of Achievement program.  If you do not attend the drive-thru event, the envelope may be picked up at the school office on June 8th    between 9am to 2pm.

Diana M. Dietz
Principal, Mitchell Senior Elementary School