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.

This Community


When I first came here…

I was nervous,






I didn’t know anyone.

I was lost.


But now,…

I am happy.

I am wise.

I grew up a lot.

I am more confident in myself.

I am sad to leave the middle school.

I am excited for summer.

I love my friends to the moon and back a thousand times.


When I first came here, I was nervous.

But now, I am not afraid to speak out.


When I first came here, I was afraid of not fitting in.

But now, I am so included in this society.


When I first came here, I was well rested.

But now, I want more sleep.


When I first came here, I didn’t have a lot of friends and I wished everyone could speak Chinese.

But now, I have a lot of friends and I almost forgot how to write Chinese letters.


When I first came here, I only wore oversized sweatshirts and leggings.

But now, I love to wear dresses and flowery skirts.


When I first came here, I was scared and intimidated.

But now, I feel at home.


When I first came here, I did not know anyone.

But now, I am friends with a lot of different people.

I have so many friends and love them with all my heart.


My favourite part of the day was…

Meeting many people,

When in Morning Announcements what was for lunch was announced,

Science class,


Having class discussions,

Free period,

Going to lunch with all my friends,


Spending F period together,

Laughing in Spanish class,


Hanging out and spending time with my friends and roommates,



Riding lessons,

Having fun in the dorms,

Playing with my friends,

Making new memories.


My favourite part of the day was everything.


Next year, I’m looking forward to…
Seeing my friends,

Meeting new people,

New teachers and new friends;

Making new friends and taking advantage of every opportunity.

New faces.


I’m looking forward to…

More opportunities,

and learning more.

Humanities 8

Art electives

Meeting the new seventh graders


Not having electronics check-in.

More free periods.

Working hard, and...

Working hard.


I’m looking forward to…

Going back to Mexico.

Keeping learning and meeting new people.


I’m looking forward to…

Being my best self.


But I will always remember…

Not to forget the beginners’ mind.

Our bonding trips.

Being here on such a beautiful campus with such lovely people.

My sports teammates

That I am awesome, I win at everything, and that costumes really do get better as you age


I will always remember…

The storm of the school store.

Middle school hallway, and our Microwave, because we won't have it on DHC.


I will always remember to do my homework,

and that I don't have grades and I don't need to stress over tests as much as I do.


I will always remember...

The helpful and cheerful attitudes...

cheering like crazy for and supporting everyone in the concerts,

My friends and the laughter,

the spectacular friends I have made;

My lifelong friends.


I will always remember the memories we shared,

my time in the middle school,

the love that every one of you have given me in my wonderful middle school life,

And how much I loved this community.


I will always remember

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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