Friends Forever Special - Graduation Day Sept 18, 2015 8:02:21 GMT -5
Post by thejunkbucket on Sept 18, 2015 8:02:21 GMT -5
I too went to a 7-12 school (c. 1992-1998). Kindergarten was a separate entity, then elementary was 1-6. My town did an overhaul when I started 10th grade (c. 1995), so that elementary was K-4 (the old Kindergarten was turned into a police station, and the K's moved to the elementary school), a new middle school was built for grades 5-8, and the same high school was now 9-12.
I remember wishing they had done that years earlier, because it was a shock to go from 6th grade to high school. As a 12-year-old seventh-grader, I felt overwhelmed being among the big kids (17/18 years olds). I think middle school is a good idea, because it's a nice transition. That way, by the time you enter high school (age 14/15)l, there's not much of an age disparity.
Anyway, like wenonah4th, I too had a low-key ceremony for 6th grade/elementary graduation. No caps/gowns, either. In fact, it was held at the end of the last day of school. All the 3 sixth-grade classes met up at the auditorium, we were given computer-printed diplomas, and wished good luck in high school. But when my younger sister attended the new middle school (1995-1999), they had a big send off for 8th-grade graduation. Caps, gowns, the whole shebang. It was even held at the football field, parents/families attended, and it was after school hours. I was a wee bit jealous.
I'm from Massachusetts, by the way. Connecticut is our neighbor, so maybe it's a New England thing? My niece just graduated middle school this past June, and they too had a big ceremony on a Friday evening.