Just found some possibilities in
That's a Wrap: End of the Year Celebration by Brent Vasicek
The ideas include Academy Awards, Final Curtain Call, Year-end Inspirational Stories, Year-end Tokens, Memory Walks and an Auction. Looks like some fun stuff.
Any one else have cool links to share?
Our high school year always ends with an awards ceremony that includes all the students grades 9-12. The faculty selects recipients for many awards including each academic subject area, electives, attendance, athletics, and special honors. Some club members are recognized for outstanding contributions and achievements. Seniors receive scholarship notifications and monetary awards during the ceremony.
This is one of the main highlights of the school year. Faculty, students, parents, School Board members, City Council, friends, and guests attend the awards ceremony. The students sit together in the center section of the auditorium. They are very supportive of the award winners and look forward to hearing the names of those being honored. It's a very dignified and exciting culmination to the school year.
As to ways a teacher can mark the end of another year, I always enjoy having students evaluate the course prior to exam day. It is helpful and insightful to learn what they like about the class as well as suggestions for ways to teach the subject matter differently. Their thoughts result in some excellent feedback for me to use in planning the course for the following year.
Found another write-up of end-of-the-year activities. This one is for elementary students and also includes some resources for Mother's and Father's Days. I like the teacher's idea of sending kids off with a stamped envelope addressed to herself, so that students can write her during the summer if they want to.
One more blog entry with some great support for end-of-the-year activities: Planning a Productive Summer for You and Your Students. The activities include year-end reflections, cereal book boxes, and a book swap. Looks like some fun stuff for upper elementary students.