Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Henry Finishes Middle School


On the last day of school, Henry had a Moving Up ceremony which marked the end of his middle school career and the beginning of his high school career.

The ceremony was held in his school's auditorium and it wasn't easy to get photos.  (again.  I am ALWAYS apologizing for my terrible photos.)



The class marched into the room to Pomp and Circumstance, but they didn't have to wear caps or gowns.


 There was a musical performance by the eighth grade chorus and two student speakers, both of whom were terrifically impressive. 

After the students spoke, they made very humorous predictions about what each of their classmates would be doing ten years from now.  

Henry's prediction was that he would be acting as restaurant critic since he is an adventurous eater and will try anything.



I thought that was pretty appropriate.

Once again, my shots of the actual awarding of the diplomas came out blurry.  I had to stand up quickly and use my ancient telephoto lens which doesn't like any sort of movement or action.  If only they could stand still for a few seconds before moving on to the next student!


 Afterwards, there was a reception and a quick meet and greet.



 I was able to take some photos of Henry with his friends, but I try not to put other people's children on the internet (or at least I TRY not to).


Gordy had to go to work, but Henry had anther couple of hours left of school and then he and I were going to a reception at an eighth grader's house.  

I, very giddily, used the time to head over to Bloomingdales and do a little shop, during which time  "Gordy" bought me a birthday present.

He is so thoughtful.





And so now I have a high schooler.  

Here's an interesting fact:  next year I'll have a high schooler, a middle schooler and an elementary schooler.  If we could adopt a college student and a pre-schooler, we'd have a full set.

Henry is ready for high school.  He had a great Eighth Grade year.  He loved his new school, he had great academic success, and he did an amazing job of balancing all his school work with a long, long, long commute and playing on two hockey teams.  

His school continues on to high school and his class size will double.  Freshman year should be great.

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Owen can be your honorary preschooler! And maybe Brooke will volunteer to be your college student!

Guymons said...

You do NOT want to adopt a college student, they are expensive! We were so excited that SVU reduced their tuition costs....but they also took away some scholarships (NCAA now, so have less to offer)....so the cost for us really didn't change! And, William keeps needing shoes and underwear and socks and stuff and thinks that WE pay for those things still!

Martha said...

Girl! That's true!

Martha said...

diane - Good point!!! We are bracing ourselves for a the expense of a college student in four years. College is crazy expensive, isn't it? How many more years does William have? All four? Or did he do some college before his mission trip?

Cathrine Knol said...

I don't understand your school system, heck I can't even explain the dutch and norwegian one. It's all so different. Henry looked very handsome though! My youngest (10) is at regular school (no english yet, allthough he knows through his brothers)l, Jasper (12) is in a world orientated with 50% english at middle school and Christian (16) is advanced preuniversity school with 80% english (besides dutch, french and german). And to do that you have to do huge test before you get admitted to a school. Smart kids here, and less smart there... I don't like it ( lucky me to have smart kids... Sarcasme- it cost a lot money to have smart kids here) . In Norway everybody go to the same school until 16, and then they have to make the test. Funny how the schoolsystem is so different in every country. So sorry for the response...

Martha said...

Cathrine - that does sound complicated, but I'm jealous of how many languages your children will know when they are all finished with their education. Languages are almost an after-thought here in the US. Most children don't start learning a language until they are 12. It's embarrassing really - how Americans rely on everyone else in the world to learn English!!! The world is so connected now, it's more important than ever for US children to learn languages and yet it's still not a core subject. Thanks for leaving the comment, I always enjoy hearing from you!

Martha said...

Cathrine - that does sound complicated, but I'm jealous of how many languages your children will know when they are all finished with their education. Languages are almost an after-thought here in the US. Most children don't start learning a language until they are 12. It's embarrassing really - how Americans rely on everyone else in the world to learn English!!! The world is so connected now, it's more important than ever for US children to learn languages and yet it's still not a core subject. Thanks for leaving the comment, I always enjoy hearing from you!

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