One former student said it all about the 2006 reunion.
A Few Thoughts On Returning From the KCSS Reunion
People don’t fundamentally change. Our basic nature and personality are more or less set by age 15 or 16, and we spend the next however many years we’ve got left getting more so of the way we were. I find that comforting. We are, to some degree altered / tweaked over the years – our intensity, our recklessness, our altruism / naiveté … but essentially the way we were is the way we are. We’re a bit smarter, hopefully more mature, less self centered, usually somewhat damaged or perhaps just wilted, but I think overall more satisfied with ourselves.
The 60s were a good era in which to come of age. I don’t buy it that we were the ‘me generation’ no matter who says we were. The people I encountered on Saturday were givers, contributors, accomplishers … the values we all grew up with encouraged working for what we wanted and making a contribution in addition to embarking on careers, supporting family, participating in community/politics/church/projects of value. I didn’t meet anybody on Saturday I’d call selfish. The 60s were a time of great opportunity, great change in the world, shifting of consciousness – partly because we, the boomers, were contributing to the changing times.
Driving home after the reunion, I thought about the people not there. People no longer alive, and then people who chose not to attend. I had remembrances of some of the ones who have died, recalled the part of their lives I knew, and lamented their passing. The others I wondered, why would someone choose not to have such a wonderful, spirited and reminiscent time with ‘kids’ they grew up with? Some people never look back, never – and of course there is something to be said about looking to the future, not dwelling in the past. And some people had a lousy time in high school – reconnecting with their peers of the time may be too difficult to do. For those painfully shy, nothing is more painful than adolescence – and since I’ve already concluded that people don’t fundamentally change, they’re still shy and probably still embarrassed about something that happened in grade 10. Some had other commitments and some live in Timbuktu. So what about all the others that didn’t attend – because the categories I’ve listed don’t capture everyone, or even the majority. I don’t believe that they simply don’t care, I don’t. I think people who go to reunions have to be relatively okay about who they are and where they are in their lives – particularly at our age. We’ve been around the block a time or two, and even if our lives aren’t textbook perfect, we’re confident enough within ourselves to be able to reconnect with our former peers and chat, share, kibitz, and laugh. Perhaps the people who weren’t there are not able to do that right now, for whatever reason – no judgment about them, just a speculation. I know that 10 years ago when my son was delusional and psychotic with schizophrenia, I couldn’t bear going to my nursing class reunion. I couldn’t go and pretend my life was fine, and I couldn’t go and retell over and over how awful my life was. So maybe the people who weren’t there, weren’t there for some very valid reason. Dunno. But unfortunately for them, they missed a wonderful time.
As someone else said, I felt like I’d been transported back in time (sort of: my wrinkles didn’t disappear nor did the blush of youth suddenly reappear.) But physical appearances seem so unimportant now at this age – it’s the people themselves that interest me. Reliving the funny or crazy or poignant times put me back there, and made me feel youthful, made me feel almost like I was 16 again – only this time we really do have interesting stories to tell! – this time our hypotheses about life are grounded in experiences, and our philosophies are not just someone else’s theories –they’re ours and they’ve been time-tested, lived, digested (heartburn and all) and embraced. We’re much more interesting people now, AND we can still feel youthful and have fun. Not bad, not bad at all.
So it’s over, and all that planning and work are done. We’ve gone back to our ‘real’ lives now, having had this interesting, playful interlude. Did any of it matter? I choose to think it did, and I can’t really put into words why it did. Not everything needs to be defined, and not everything comes to me all at once … some things have to settle in awhile, lurk at the back of my mind and infuse into my consciousness until I’m ready for the light to go on. Regardless, it’s enough. I had a good time, a fun time; I felt satisfied. I came away feeling that it was worthwhile to see and reconnect with the people I did; I felt like it mattered to some of you that I was there. Just as “every man’s death diminishes me ...” I also believe that every (wo)man’s life enriches me: connecting with people is essentially what matters in life. I appreciate those who were there, for it gave me an opportunity to interact with, enjoy and value who you are. Thanks to all for the memories now, and then.
And a special thanks to Peter Kratzman, who orchestrated the dinner at Hogan’s for all of us 60s people (age and era). Your brainchild afforded us the chance to see the people we really wanted to. It was worth the effort Pete.
Susan (Perry) James 
(I didn’t intend for it to be this long – you can tell I never would have made it in the newspaper business where brevity is essential).
[to Peter Kratzmann]
Just a quick note to thank all the reunion committee for an outstanding job. I had a great time.
Paula Kennedy 
Just a short note of thanks for an enjoyable evening on Sat. It was really a treat to be able revisit with so many old and classy friends .Your many days of hard work have made such a single day possible.
Gary Allen [staff]
I look forward to every reunion and like Mary Jane, I am having a time to get the school out of my mind too. But, then I am trying to play the old school song every day so I can "teach" the new music teacher our first school song.
Sue Herring ___________________________________________________________________________
I just wanted to thank all of you for your reunion efforts. A great time was had by all. Pass my “thank you” on to the whole committee as everyone deserves a lot of credit.
I just wish to thank the organizers...of the recent reunion, where I walked in very hesitantly, but ended up having a superb time; didn't realize that seeing 'old' faces could be so much fun!! Thank you so very much.
See you all in 5 years!
Ron Gidge 
We really enjoyed the reunion, and I am planning to attend the 50th.
At the recent reunion the Alumni Association distributed a booklet which outlined the various activities which we are involved in and support. One such "cause" is the annual Commencement award which we present to a deserving student.
The individuals below deserve special thanks for donating to this bursary. Their assistance is very much appreciated
Teachers - Glenna Ross, Keith Carson, Ed Smereka, George Fligg, Ruth Hogg, Kathy Bell, Linda Thomson, Julie Morris, Larry Lubin, Cathy Nikolaidis, Jim Coupland, David Rosevear, Bryan Keizerwaard, Marion [Harvey] Specht, Duncan Fidler and Glenna Mitchell.
We thank Sean and Ann [Sheardown] Macey , for their generous donation as well.
Finally, to the former students who gave willingly to our "Donation Jar" at the hockey tournament, Open House and Pub Night, we appreciate your thoughtfulness.
The following staff, past and present, also made donations to the Case of Distinction:
Glenna Ross, Ed Smereka, George Fligg, Linda Thomson, Julie Morris, Larry Lubin, Sandy Ramer, Jim Coupland, David Rosevear, Bryan Keizerwaard, Stan Lindeblom, Glenna Mitchell.
All told, we were able to raise $1,023.13.
Susan McColl 
Leone [Graham] Scully 
I wonder if anyone else is a bit disappointed that more old teachers don't join us in the arena. I love talking to Keith Carson and Duncan Fidler, Sarge and Graham Creelman etc. There just has to be more of our teachers up there at those dinners above our heads. I am thinking of asking Mr. Fidler if he can impress upon the others how important they are to us (me) and see if we can get a big turnout for the 50th reunion. I guess we will lose a few more before 2011 but I can try.
Doug Ransom 
"For all who worked to make the 45th reunion a success, many thanks. All venues (the school, Hogan's, and the arena) each provided for lots of good meetings and much enjoyable chatter. It really is both pleasant and helpful to reunite and share our lives and reminisce about the past. Hopefully some of us will keep in touch and if not, we'll all meet again in 5 years in the same old familiar places. Stay safe and enjoy. After all, and incredible as this may seem, we really are heading into the autumn of our years."
John Wilson