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.


When I first came to SBS, I was…

scared that I wouldn’t make any friends,

sad because I was leaving home.

I did not want to be separated from my Mom.

I was a timid girl with a mind full of worries,

a girl who didn’t know about other cultures and about having friends in America.


I was nervous, and excited -

excited for a change and a new start,

excited to go to school with my sister,

excited to be challenged and to experience new things.


Now, I am…

taller and stronger physically and mentally,

confident and outspoken.

I am so excited to be sharing my eighth grade year with such amazing people

I am still nervous. Every day is a first impression.

I am more comfortable with myself; I know that everyone here is accepting and loving.

I am more confident in learning in another country

I am proud of all I did and accomplished.


When I first came to SBS, I was shy and scared to be in a whole new environment. But now, I am confident and happy here.

When I first came to SBS, I was scared of not being home. But now, I am sad I’m leaving my new home.


When I first came to SBS, I was shy. But now, I am outgoing.

When I first came to SBS, I was uneducated. But now, I am educated.

When I first came to SBS, I was a very scared girl. But now, I am a girl that has a voice of her own.


My favourite part of the day was

getting to know new people,

when I found new friends in unlikely places,

having fun and learning about each other,

learning new stuff,

when something just clicked and I could understand it.

My favourite part of the day was

waking up to see smiles on people’s faces,











riding with my friends at the barn,

Lisa visits,

being with my friends and hanging out,

checking in with my parents,

when everyone would come into my room and just have a party.


My favourite part of the day was

getting to know girls from all around the world,

when I found friends in unlikely places,

when we could have fun and learn from each other,

enjoying everything, and

the way my face hurt from smiling and laughing so much with my classmates.


My favourite part of the day was



I’m looking forward to…

starting over, starting fresh,

learning new stuff,

broadening my learning and knowledge,

new classes with new teachers,

meeting new people,

bonding with the new eighth graders,

seeing everyone again, and

making more good memories.

I’m looking forward to soccer,



9th grade English,


Blue Key,

the play,

dancing more,

and new inside jokes.


I’m looking forward to keeping improving in everything I do,

to trying again what I couldn’t do this year,

to finding my dreams and starting to evaluate my dream.


I’m looking forward to being older with more responsibilities, and learning and trying new things, having even more independence.

I’m looking forward to moving up weekend,

to having upper school privileges.


I’m looking forward to using the tools I learned here in my daily life,

to applying everything I learned to the world and to face problems with an SBS voice.


Each year you are a little bit a different person. I am looking forward to seeing myself.


I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with everybody


But I will always remember the nervousness I felt when I first walked through the blue double-doors as an official Stoneleigh-Burnham student,

The first time found that it's so nice to share a room with someone else,

The first time we laughed and cried because we won a game,

The nights that turned into days, with friends that turned into family -

The people who always made me laugh, cry, smile, and be myself.

I will always remember

this year, these experiences, and these people,

this community of people who were always supportive, generous, and open to everyone.


I will always remember when they got us pizza just for fun,

how delicious the pizza was, and how fluffy were the waffles at brunch.

I will always remember the excitement about learning new things,

all the times I have laughed, and all that made me cry,

that we are all connected somehow, and when we are older and successful in life we will

remember each other


I will always remember the DC trip.


I will always remember always getting to see my beautiful sister, and

my amazing middle school teachers - without them I wouldn't be who I am now.


I will always remember the chances I took, and never regret because I didn't try something, and how every person here taught me that every struggle is worth it.

I will always remember to remember each other.

I will always remember the amazing and precious time with you all.

Written by Bill Ivey

A dedicated member of the faculty, Bill Ivey is the Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. He teaches Humanities 7 and the Middle and Upper School Rock Bands. Bill is the advisor for MOCA, the middle school student government, and he coordinates and participates in the middle school service program. Among his many hats, Bill also coordinates social media for Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

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