8th Grade Moving On Ceremony Update: Please note that tomorrow, June 7th, morning we will practice for the ceremony itself, so please make sure that your son or daughter arrives promptly so that they can be prepared for Thursday’s event. Afterwards, the team will be providing a catered lunch from Baja Bean for our 8th graders at no cost to them. This is a team social event that we hope will have all of our students in attendance. Later during 4th block, we will enjoy a Sundae Social, courtesy of Kirt’s Ice Cream.
On Thursday morning, students will need to come to school dressed in their planned outfit rather than changing once they get here. Shortly after the morning announcements, we will begin lining them up for the processional to the gym area for the Moving On Ceremony. As you can imagine, the parking lots are easily packed on this day, despite the staff parking on the blacktop that day. In order for us to start in a timely manner, please allow enough time to park and find a seat in the gym by 10 am.
As you know, this ceremony is a momentous occasion for our departing students. Numerous students have elderly grandparents who will be in attendance for this event. Since the ceremony is in the gym with bleacher seating, we kindly ask you to give these guests, and anyone using a wheelchair, priority seating on the bottom row of the bleachers, and the last row of chairs in the main section of the gym.
In addition to the certificate given to each student during the ceremony, we have numerous students who will be recognized for a variety of awards. In order to conduct the ceremony in a timely fashion, we kindly ask that you hold your applause until all names have been read aloud during instances where more than one student is receiving an award. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request, so that we can end in a timely manner.
After the ceremony itself, please plan on meeting your student out on the grassy area in front of the school so that we can avoid a bottleneck at the exits from the gym. Most of our 8th grade teachers will be out there, as well, to say our fond farewells, as students often leave with their parents after the ceremony. The entire Sutherland staff wishes all our exiting 8th graders the best of luck as they enter the world of high school!
IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON TAKING YOUR 8TH GRADE STUDENT OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS AFTER THE CEREMONY, please stop by the cafeteria on your way in, or out, of the building and sign them out on the sheets located on the tables.
IF YOU WANT YOUR 6TH OR 7TH GRADE STUDENT TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY WITH YOU, then you will need to come to the office and sign them out. After the ceremony, you will need to return to the office, and sign them back into the school, or take them with you for the remainder of the day.
Immediately following the ceremony on Friday, we will visit with you and the students on the front lawn prior to your departure. Please know that the cafeteria staff will be open that day, and will be providing pizza to students who stay at school for the day.