A Second Family

June 07, 2015 by Bill Ivey

A poem assembled from the words of every single middle schooler and read at the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremomy.

Filed Under: Poetry, 8th grade, Moving Up

Moving Forward After Tremendous Growth: 8th Graders Move Up

June 04, 2011 by Bill Ivey

"Is it just me, or was that an especially emotional Moving Up Ceremony this morning?" I looked at my colleague Pete, who was himself moving on, to a school in New Jersey. I knew what he meant. Our 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt of the many rites and routines the school has developed to aid all of us in transitioning out of the year. The ceremony centers on tributes read to each 8th grader by her advisor, and they are all unique to each individual student, beautifully written and delivered as the soon-to-be high schooler stands beaming next to her advisor. Only this year, more students than ever before began to cry while they were up there. My voice usually catches a few times as I am reading, but I nearly lost it completely when I looked over and noticed twin streams trickling down one of my advisee's cheeks.

Filed Under: Middle School, Teaching, moving on, 8th grade, All Girls Education, In the Classroom, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, The Faculty Perspective, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Graduation, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School