Post by oldhickory on May 29, 2013 13:30:18 GMT -5
my school district has two middle schools. one is 5-6th grade and the other is 7-8. the first middle school was to help us transition out of elementary school, and the other was to prepare us for high school. i didn't occur to me at the time, but the fact that everyone was within a year of each other meant that nobody had to feel intimidated. but we didn't graduate from either middle school.
Maybe it's just the fact that I didn't go to a middle school (rather a 7-12 school) but I can't imagine the amount of fuss over 8th grade graduation. There was a low-key ceremony for 6th grade, no caps/gown.
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.
yeah, this book was sad at the end but a bit boring to me. and kristy was a loser, she so needed to move on. it seemed like the BSC was her whole life. maybe i just dont like kristy too much.
and as for claudia failing her exam (was it the science one? i dont even remember), couldnt they give her a break, seeing as it was the last book ever. how was she gonna manage in high school if she couldnt even pass middle school?
and also, about stacey and the library book needing to be returned in order to graduate, does that actually happen? i live in australia so i dont know about the american school system but it sounded pretty odd to me.
Kristy IS NOT A LOSER HOW DARE YOU CALL HER A LOSER!!!! KRISTY LOVES THE BSC IF YOU DONT LIKE KRISTY THEN YOU ARE A LOSER NOT KRISTY!!!