Oh, how time flies! The 2016-2017 school year is rapidly coming to an end, and that means saying goodbye to the incredible Class of 2017. This class has gracefully embodied their theme “Fam17y” by reaching out and touching the lives of many members of the younger classes. As members of the Class of 2018, we hope that our class will follow suit and continue to emphasize the familial atmosphere on this campus.
Along with the Class of 2017, we bid farewell to a number of faculty and staff members who have left their mark on Deerfield through their commitment both in and out of the classroom.
Among these departing faculty members is History Teacher Mr. Thomas Heise, who is retiring from Deerfield after 28 years of riveting discussions and thought-provoking assignments. Throughout his time here, he has deeply impacted the lives of his students and has shaped them into thoughtful citizens of the world. This year, both of us have had the tremendous privilege of taking his Honors U.S. History class. Without a doubt, we and all his former students will deeply miss his “good for you’s”, witty sense of humor, and unwavering commitment and compassion.
To all members of the Deerfield community, we know that goodbyes can be difficult. As Commencement grows ever nearer, we urge you simply to enjoy these last few days and thank everyone who has made a positive impact on your life, no matter how big or small.
To the Class of 2017, we thank you for leaving a positive mark on this campus and wish you the best as you pursue your passions and embark on new adventures.
All the best,
Kevin Chen and Jillian Carroll
P.S. We would also like to thank Karen Tai for her tireless work during layout week and helping the new board smoothly transition into their roles. 🙂