By LAURA HAMMACK, guest columnist

The publication date for this column finds Brown County schools enjoying a week off for spring break. The clocks have jumped forward and spring has officially started.

Spring break marks an exciting point in the evolution of a school district calendar, as we are now in the final nine weeks of this school year and the whirlwind of spring activities begins.

The capstone event for our final nine weeks of school takes place during the commencement ceremony at Brown County High School. Graduation is taking place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9 in the Larry C. Banks Memorial Gymnasium at Brown County High School.

We will be very busy preparing for this very important event over the next few weeks and are excited to honor our students and their families for this achievement.

Our district college and career readiness team began working together at the beginning of the school year to develop ways in which we can ensure that every student who graduates from Brown County High School has a plan for what they are doing on the day after graduation.

This team also expressed a desire to make graduation from Brown County High School a district event, as opposed to one where only educators from Brown County High School attend.

We have invited all educators who have touched our graduating seniors from kindergarten through high school to attend graduation and be recognized for all that they have done to get the graduating seniors to this momentous event.

Another event that we are adding to celebrate our graduates from Brown County High School is the implementation of a “victory tour.”

All of our graduating seniors will be boarding a school bus on their last day of school wearing their caps and gowns. The seniors will travel to the elementary school that they attended (students who attended what was then Nashville Elementary School will walk across the parking lot to Brown County Intermediate School) and will be greeted by the students, teachers and staff who attend or work in these schools with high fives and fist bumps.

We want our young students to see our seniors in their caps and gowns so that they can aspire to this level of achievement.

We also want our teachers and staff to see that their role in the lives of our graduates made a significant impact.

Students who may not have attended an elementary school in Brown County will get to choose a school to visit and all students will stop at Brown County Junior High School on their way back into town.

We are very excited to make the last grading period of school one that is very special for our graduating seniors and the rest of our boys and girls in the county. We have a lot of special activities taking place during the next few months.

Several highlights include our spring musical, “Annie.” Doc Godfrey and her students are actively preparing for this very special performance. “Annie” will be presented at Brown County High School on April 7, 8 and 9 and April 14, 15 and 16.

Brown County Schools is hosting a regional National History Day competition Saturday, April 1. We are very excited to see our student projects and witness what promises to be great success in this competition.

Our high school band is performing on April 28 and our high school choir is performing May 10.

All of these events are open to the public and we invite you to attend!

The schools are always busy during the school year; however, there is something special about the last nine weeks of school.

We are excited to continue to provide the highest quality educational experiences for our boys and girls as we head toward the summer break. We hope that our community joins us for the activities taking place during this time.

I promise that there is nothing like being at a spring athletic event on a warm afternoon when the sun is shining. Please join us!

Laura Hammack is superintendent of Brown County schools. She may be reached at 812-988-6601 or lhammack@browncountyschools.com.