|Emma ready for the evening's events|
The ceremony was held in the Gym at the High School. All the parents sat in the bleachers on both sides and the 8th graders walked in in alphabetical order and sat in the middle. I was pleasantly surprised to see and hear the 7th grade band playing as we waited for the 8th graders and while they walked in. There were really good! It was also fun to see so many of our friends kids playing in the band. There was even an order of events for the ceremony.
|Program for the Ceremony|
The 8th graders all walked up individually to receive their going away remembrance. This was their name in a large font and individual sentences and words that friends and classmates had written about them. Apparently they did this on computers in their connect/counseling groups and within their cluster groups (three clusters for each grade -- about 100 kids in each group -- they only rotate classes within these smaller groups). An amazing amount of work must have gone into making these, getting the input, formatting them and framing them -- each one totally unique and different for each of the 280 some 8th graders. I realize you can't read the writing on Emma's but here's what it looked like.
The dinner was catered and paid for by the $10 ticket and then parents volunteered to bring in desserts (I brought brownies) and drinks. I'm just really impressed by how much time, effort and thought was put into this and am so thankful for the great teachers, and parent volunteers.
|Ticket for the dance|
|Mass of 8th graders|
|7th grade band playing as everyone arrives|
|Emma waiting to go up|