To the editor:

It is customary, when making small talk with teachers in May, to ask if they are ready to be "done" with their students. And though we are human and looking forward to travels and some of the more engaging summer routines, we are often not as ready to say goodbye to the students that we have invested the last nine months of our lives with, as they might be ready to say goodbye to us.

It has been our pleasure and responsibility to help educate the just-finished school year’s seventh-grade class, a responsibility due in part to our contractual obligations, but a pleasure, as it is every year, due to the wonderful character of the students themselves. This year’s class was no exception as they are a fun, intelligent, grateful and hard-working lot. They are for the most part good sports, gentlemanly, sincere, honest and forthright.

While some possess more charisma than is seemingly possible to contain in one individual, some are handsomely shy and others elegantly reserved. Nearly all were polite, generous and considerate, not only to their teachers but to their classmates as well. During the working day, they made for great company.

Which is not to say that everything was perfect. It was not. So, lest we be accused of robbing our eighth-grade teaching colleagues of their own gainful employment for the next school year, these wonderful children came to us with much to learn and they leave us the same. Which is as it should be for the lifelong learner.

But no matter where they fall on the grading scales and the grids of the Iowa Assessments, they are all, every single one of them, assets to the Nevada community.

Karl Corbin

Kate Borton

Karen Waline

Bev Shipley

Suzanne Thacker

Arlyce Kroese

Lauri Netz

and Patrick Sullivan

The Nevada Middle School Seventh-Grade Teaching Team