During a ceremony held this morning, family members, friends, teachers, and school staff cheered inside the crowded multipurpose room of Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School as nine members of the 2018 graduating class proudly accepted their high school diplomas.
Principal Lauren Roth was assisted in presenting diplomas to the students by Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon, Deputy Superintendent Al Rogers, Special Education Director Michael Kast, and County Board of Education Vice President, along with Sacramento County Board of Education Trustees Al Brown, Bina Lefkovitz, and Jacquelyn Levy.
"As you leave our school, please leave knowing that consistency and hard work help you reach your goals. While today might be a high point, do not let this be your highest point. Reach higher," Superintendent Gordon told the graduates.
In addition to hard work in the classroom, the graduates were also involved in community service projects, which provided them with valuable life experiences. Many participated in Mock Trial, WorkAbility, Friday Night Live, the Sustainable Environments Learning Academy, or were members of the team that took second place in this year's Academic Bowl competition.
Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School educates special needs students with the primary disability of Emotional Disturbance (ED) in grades 7–12. The students are referred directly by local school districts unable to provide the more highly structured behavioral support program available at Palmiter. Students are provided a standards-based educational program supported by a strong vocational/transitional/school-to-world emphasis.