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Friday is last day of school year
Graduations will begin over weekend
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Forsyth County News

Public high school graduations:

FORSYTH ACADEMY — 6 p.m., Today
Lambert High School

FORSYTH CENTRAL — 10 a.m., Saturday
Cumming Fairgrounds

NORTH FORSYTH — 2 p.m., Tuesday
Arena at Gwinnett

WEST FORSYTH — 7 p.m., Tuesday
Arena at Gwinnett

SOUTH FORSYTH — 2 p.m., Wednesday
Arena at Gwinnett

LAMBERT — 7 p.m., Wednesday
Arena at Gwinnett

Today will be Cindy Hanserd’s last day of school — ever.

She’ll wave goodbye for the final time, give her students another hug and then drive away from the campus she’s called home for nearly three decades.

“I really don’t know how I’ll feel,” Hanserd said. “I’ll miss the people I’ve worked with — you become like a family — and I’ll definitely miss the kids.”

After 30 years in education, 29 of which were spent at North Forsyth Middle School, Hanserd said she’s looking forward to retirement.

“My summers have always been packed,” she said. “But it will be interesting to have that time in the fall. That will be different.”

Education has changed drastically since Hanserd’s first years, when she’d be covered in yellow chalk from using a chalkboard.

Hanserd will join hundreds of seniors who will wave goodbye to the Forsyth County school system as they graduate in the coming week and start the next phase of life.

“High school graduations are around the corner, which is always an exciting event for students and their families,” said Superintendent Buster Evans. “We look forward to celebrating the success of our seniors at these events.

“As the year winds down, I would also like to thank the community and local businesses for their support of our schools ... I am continuously impressed with the outstanding work our teachers, staff and parent volunteers are doing in our schools.”

Forsyth Central High School kicks off the graduation ceremonies Saturday, followed by West and North Forsyth on Tuesday and South Forsyth and Lambert on Wednesday.

For Mary Claire Powell, today will be the first of many goodbyes.

Having taken a 15-year hiatus to raise a family, Powell returned to education this year in the early intervention program at Mashburn Elementary.

“It’s just a great family environment. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to go back for the first year,” Powell said. “Transitioning back to the work force, there was learning to juggle and learning to put on two different hats.

“You felt like you were treading at times, but Mashburn has just had a great and supportive staff.”

Powell worked for the Gwinnett County school system for one year before having children of her own 15 years ago. During that year, Powell said e-mail addresses were just debuting.

“That was a huge, huge, huge learning experience to see how everyone integrates technology into the classroom,” she said. “We’re a Bring Your Own Technology school, so all of the kids have their own technology. That was the biggest difference.”

Next year, Powell will be a third-grade teacher at Mashburn, which means, like many others, her summer will be a busy one.

“Although we might be done on Friday, we’ll be going all through summer,” she said. “For me, I’ll be switching grade levels, so I’ll be pulling resources all summer.

“I’ll be taking training classes and brushing up on more common core math curriculum and just getting ready for the new school year.”