The Shining Mountain school year begins with the Rose Ceremony, held on the first morning of school. This gathering includes an introduction of faculty and staff and a welcome to the 1st Graders. A High School Senior will present a rose to each 1st Grader and escort the student from his/her family to the new 1st Grade teacher. The teacher will welcome the class with a story. 2nd through 8th Grades will be seated with their teachers and return to class following the ceremony.
There is a complementary Rose Ceremony at the end of the school year, when the 1st Graders present roses to the graduating Seniors.