MontClairVoyant: Montclair High’s Class of 2020 Went Through Plenty

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I realize your deadline was yesterday afternoon, but any reflections related to last night’s virtual commencement for Montclair High’s Class of 2020?

Sincerely,
Brad the Grad

Much respect, admiration, and sympathy for those seniors. During 12th grade, they dealt with remote instruction and many canceled activities due to the pandemic. During 11th grade, the staircase debacle. During 10th grade, the epic battle over which small learning community (CSJ or CGI) has more letters in its acronym.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
WHO won?

Sincerely,
Marie Curie-Osity

The World Health Organization did not compete in that epic battle.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Was 9th grade also challenging for the Class of 2020 during their year in the George Inness Annex?

Sincerely,
Wherever Young

The tree in Inness’ “Hazy Morning, Montclair” painting turned out to be an Ent from “The Lord of the Rings,” which led to Montclair High’s soccer team putting Gollum in the nets as goalie.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I see. Anyway, another reason to be impressed with the Class of 2020 was the way many of those seniors participated in Montclair’s huge June 6 and 7 protests against racism and police violence. Agree?

Sincerely,
Black Lives Matter

I do. And there was another march on June 19 that included 1,000-plus students from Montclair High, Montclair Kimberley Academy, and other public and private schools. Not there was Anne of Green Gables, who was busy whacking Gilbert on the head with a slate after he insulted her.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
June 19 is Juneteenth, the day marking the end of horrific slavery in the United States. Isn’t it also the title of a posthumously published novel by Ralph Ellison?

Sincerely,
Emancipation Commemoration

Yup, author of the amazing “Invisible Man,” which came out in 1952 — when parents wanting to take photos at that year’s Montclair High commencement couldn’t find their smartphones.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I understand you’re not a fan of private schools, which contribute to racial inequities in Montclair and elsewhere. So, were you surprised at MKA students’ heavy involvement in June 19’s protest?

Sincerely,
Lloyd Rhode

Some private-school students have their heart in the right place. Of course, if an MKA upper-school student entered MKA’s middle school by mistake, their heart (and the rest of their body) would not be in the right place.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
There was one final jolt this week for Montclair High’s Class of 2020 — the June 23 announcement that their principal, Anthony Grosso, is leaving to head the smaller/less-diverse Cedar Grove school district. Acronyms for Grosso?

Sincerely,
Pompton Circumstance

CSJ (Captures Superintendent Job). CGI (Cedar Grove, Incoming).

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Cedar Grove should have waited to announce the hiring of Grosso until after Montclair High’s graduation. That said, why is there lots of principal and superintendent turnover in our school district?

Sincerely,
Churn, Churn, Churn

Let me check with my mass-exodus coach and get back to you.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
That’s a bit strong; amid the too-many departures, we also have great long-tenured administrators such as principals Jill Sack of Buzz and Naomi Kirkman of Bradford. Anyway, when was Cedar Grove High School’s graduation?

Sincerely,
Pomp and Circumstance

Don’t know and don’t care. It’s hard enough driving up and down steep Bradford Avenue to get from Montclair to Cedar Grove, though it’s always a treat seeing Julie Andrews at the summit singing “This hill is alive with the sound of music.”

 

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

 

 

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