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Letter to the editor: Let's have graduation at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Fireworks at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, on July 4, 2019. Photo by Sadie Stinson.

Graduation at Shoreline?

I had filled out a pretty cool graduation “solution” on a high school survey feedback form. I also sent an email to the principal at Mountain View High School. I’ve never heard a reply nor had I heard the idea brought up in any forum, which leads me to think the idea was just dismissed.

So what is the idea?

Shoreline Amphitheatre:

• With this venue, we could have at our disposal a very large facility that can seat an abundance of people (preassigned seating for a set number of attendees, for social distancing).

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• We already have a precedent of local school systems getting fantastic deals for renting the facility (Mountain View Whisman School District uses Shoreline for a multi-school choir event).

• The facility’s schedule is going to be wide open, since no concerts are allowed.

Shoreline would be so much better: There are no parking issues, no people standing up blocking your view, sun in people’s eyes, etc. – a real graduation memory!

Please consider this option. Our graduating seniors have had so much pulled out from under them and deserve something special like this.

James Klazura

Los Altos

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Letter to the editor: Let's have graduation at Shoreline Amphitheatre

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Uploaded: Sat, May 30, 2020, 9:07 am

Graduation at Shoreline?

I had filled out a pretty cool graduation “solution” on a high school survey feedback form. I also sent an email to the principal at Mountain View High School. I’ve never heard a reply nor had I heard the idea brought up in any forum, which leads me to think the idea was just dismissed.

So what is the idea?

Shoreline Amphitheatre:

• With this venue, we could have at our disposal a very large facility that can seat an abundance of people (preassigned seating for a set number of attendees, for social distancing).

• We already have a precedent of local school systems getting fantastic deals for renting the facility (Mountain View Whisman School District uses Shoreline for a multi-school choir event).

• The facility’s schedule is going to be wide open, since no concerts are allowed.

Shoreline would be so much better: There are no parking issues, no people standing up blocking your view, sun in people’s eyes, etc. – a real graduation memory!

Please consider this option. Our graduating seniors have had so much pulled out from under them and deserve something special like this.

James Klazura

Los Altos

Comments

Le Dude
Blossom Valley
on May 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Le Dude, Blossom Valley
on May 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm
20 people like this

I'm sorry but it's just embarrassing to be asked to believe that high school seniors deserve anything other than to shelter in place and follow social distancing guidelines. Their lives are not over. Hopefully they've learned even greater lessons during this pandemic as well and their schools have taught them to be responsible and thoughtful citizens willing to sacrifice a few things for the greater good and empathize with the need to protect others. They've only asked to stay at home for a few months. There's no shortage of food or entertainment or lack of internet. They haven't been asked to go fight for their country and put themselves in harms way in a foreign land. Surely they are as strong as previous generations. Hopefully stronger.


J's Mum
Blossom Valley
on May 30, 2020 at 11:41 pm
J's Mum, Blossom Valley
on May 30, 2020 at 11:41 pm
4 people like this

I think it's a great idea. We are not returning to normal any time soon and this is a reasonable solution for our young adults to enjoy this rite of passage. The author is acknowledging safety by stating the amphitheater can limit the attendance and seat people apart. How many of us cried for our seniors when the graduations cards arrived from Jostens?


one more idea
North Bayshore
on May 31, 2020 at 9:25 am
one more idea, North Bayshore
on May 31, 2020 at 9:25 am
2 people like this

Related idea for any MV school doing graduation ceremonies would be the concert parking lots. Several local schools have done lovely car-based graduation for immediate family in their cars, cars all decorated, graduates cheering from on top their cars, with traditional speeches, and all.


Alice - Cooper
Waverly Park
on May 31, 2020 at 11:36 am
Alice - Cooper, Waverly Park
on May 31, 2020 at 11:36 am
8 people like this

Good students will be getting other degrees. For now, SCHOOL'S OUT (1972). Going forward, the more serious question is whether schools and football games and celebrations and ceremonies should ever resume as before in the face of the coronavirus and other viruses and threats that have been downplayed for decades.


reader
Waverly Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:03 pm
reader, Waverly Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:03 pm
4 people like this

Agree, that's a great idea to use Shoreline Amphitheatre for school graduations! Huge stage to walk across, plenty of wind, ample seating and parking. I disagree with Le Dude who says they should just suck it up. This year's seniors have lost out on Prom, Graduation, end-of-year award ceremonies, and the all-night Grad Night party that parents have spent the last year planning. Excellent idea to use this huge, safe, vacant outdoor space right here in Mountain View.


Not an old fart
Sylvan Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:25 pm
Not an old fart, Sylvan Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:25 pm
2 people like this

This is a great idea with one extra - wear face masks. Le Dude is missing the point, as it is a safe way to social distance and celebrate - and not everyone is an introvert who likes to sit in front of their computer or tv; and trying to equate it to war (I presume the draft of the historical Vietnam war [many are still called to foreign lands to fight for our freedoms]) is nonsequitur.


Alice - Cooper
Waverly Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 6:13 pm
Alice - Cooper, Waverly Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 6:13 pm
2 people like this

Alice Cooper is still singing SCHOOL'S OUT. Catch it online. If you want your 2020 high school graduate to walk across a stage, rent or buy one yourself. It could be good exercise for the whole family.. Keep it within the family and you can even skip the masks.


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