2018 Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Closing Poem "Ready to Explore"

June 04, 2018 by Bill Ivey

When I first came to SBS,

Filed Under: Class of 2022, Moving Up, Closing Poem, Eighth grade

2018 Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Class Speaker

May 28, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Elizabeth Musselman '22

Filed Under: Moving Up, Eighth grade, StudentVoice, Class Speaker

2018 Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Address

May 24, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Written and delivered by Jacqueline (Jax) Morgan '19, the Head-Elect of the Student Body.

Filed Under: Moving Up, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Middle School, student voice

Annual Poem: Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony 2017

May 29, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Assembled each year from the words of the seventh and eighth graders, this poem is the last thing read at the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony.

Filed Under: Intersections, Moving Up, Poem

Address to the 2017 Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony

May 25, 2017 by Guest Student Author

written and delivered by Julia Thayer '18, Head-Elect of Student Body

1,578,240 minutes. That is how much time has passed since I was sitting in a chair at my eighth grade moving up ceremony. I remember the way I felt that morning as I hopped out of bed much earlier than I needed to, motivated by the thought of becoming an upper schooler. I remember walking past Lower Mary Burnham to get to the Capen Room and thinking, “after today, this will no longer be my hallway.” I remember too, the way my stomach dropped when I thought about the fact that I would have both grades and exams next year. But the most vivid memory of all was of Bill reading a poem composed of a sentence from every one of my classmates that summarized their middle school experience at Stoneleigh Burnham.

Filed Under: Middle School, Moving Up

Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Closing Poem

May 28, 2016 by Guest Student Author

Each year, we close the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony with a poem assembling the words of the middle schoolers as they look back on this year, and look ahead to the next. This year's poem follows.

Filed Under: Middle School, Moving Up

Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony 2016: Address

May 28, 2016 by Guest Student Author

written and delivered by Yena (Molly) Li '17, Head of Student Body for the 2016-2017 school year.

Good morning everyone! My name is Molly Li, and I'm next year’s Head of Student Body. I was surprised how, when I started writing this speech, the first thing that came up to my mind was not how I liked the more freedom and wifi I had in Upper School, but how I’ve changed throughout these years. I remember three years ago, I was sitting here and waiting to become a freshman. At that time, I was very different from who I am now. I was weird, awkward and extremely quiet. I would not talk unless I’m a hundred percent sure what’s about to come out of my mouth is grammatically correct. Also, I would pass away just by thinking about giving a speech. However, throughout these three years, I had a lot of opportunities in which I learned how to push myself and to accept imperfections. Throughout these opportunities, I realized how amazing life is and how much we can stretch our limits.

Filed Under: Middle School, Moving Up

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

Along the Light of Day

May 19, 2015 by Bill Ivey

By the time I got to our usual table for Monday’s Middle School Advisory Lunch, three of my advisees had already sat down and were deeply engaged in conversation. As new advisees arrived, they joined in, and as I listened in, smiled, and nodded, I couldn’t help but think that everyone was in a good mood today and also that through the year everyone had become really, wonderfully, comfortable with each other.

Filed Under: Middle School, Middle Level Education, Graduation, Moving Up, Education

This Beautiful Year

June 09, 2014 by Bill Ivey

Each year, the students of Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School respond to writing prompts as they reflect on the year. Their words are assembled into a poem that closes the Eighth Grade Moving Up ceremony. This year, the poem was entitled:

Filed Under: Middle School, community, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Moving Up