We “publish” a school newspaper at the end of the year so the prep work for that is often a looking back at the year.
A first grade tradition has been to hold a “Storybook Day” close to the end of school. We celebrate the fact that first graders can now read their own books after being in school only nine months. Students come to school dressed as a storybook (fiction or historical) character and bring their stories along. We spend a good part of that day reading their stories.
Our last day of school is a school community picnic along with the 8th and 12th grade graduation exercises. The last 15-20 minutes before the dismissal bell the students are all called back to their classrooms where they are handed their report card and given any last words from the teacher. Then school is officially over for the year!