EVENTS & TRADITIONS
Back to School Picnic
The annual Back to School picnic is a great way to kick off the school year! Held in the first few days that school is back in session, this event gives families a chance to relax together and get to know families who are new to the Sullins community. This annual event is sponsored by our PTO and always provides a fun time for children and parents!
Annual BBQ & Auction
From the first BBQ to raise money for books to the 50th Anniversary Gala, each year Sullins hosts a fundraising event to raise unrestricted dollars for the school. The BBQ was originally hosted at the home of Bill and Ruth King in the 1970s. While the event may have changed over the years, the essence of school spirit and generosity continue to ring true. In the '90s, we began silent and live auctions at the BBQ.
Primary School Thanksgiving Feast
The Monday before Thanksgiving is a very special one for our Primary school students in Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. They share a feast with their families and perform special songs they have learned. Kindergarten dresses up as Pilgrims while telling the story of the First Thanksgiving.
The first Grandparents' Day celebration at Sullins Academy was held in 1978 with a program and small reception. Traditionally on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, the program is still the main attraction of Grandparents' Day. We have added a bake sale, the Book Fair is open, and a breakfast or reception continues to be part of this school tradition. It is a wonderful time to welcome extended family and friends into our school and allows our students a chance to show off to some of their biggest fans!
Milk & Cookies with Santa
Ho! Ho! Ho! Open to the community for children up to 12 years of age, this evening event is a fun opportunity to enjoy milk & cookies, make a Christmas craft, and get their picture made with Santa.
Every year, our whole school participates in a field day during the last week of school. Parents and family members cheer their children on throughout the day. After relays, races, and games, the students enjoy picnic lunches before participating in bounce houses, silly string battles, and icees to cool off.
End of Year Ceremonies
Sullins ends the school year with several events. Our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students have ceremonies to celebrate the end of the year with their classmates and families. The eighth grade class is honored at an evening graduation where several longstanding awards are given: Friendship Cup, Citizenship Cup, Alumna Cup, and the Head of School Cup. Anna S. Morgan Award of Academic Excellence, the Sudie Wike Academic Award, and the Arther D. Adair Foreign Language Award are also awarded to graduating eighth graders.
On the last day of school, Awards Day is held for the 1st - 7th grade students. Awards are given for academics, related arts, character, attendance, and community service.