PROGRAM TO HONOR 8th GRADERS AND "PROMISE TO GRADUATE" CELEBRATED AT STALEY MIDDLE SCHOOL On the last day of school, students and teachers were excited about the coming summer holiday break. However, this excitement was restrained as Principal Victoria Harris and her Honors Day program team maximized the recognition of students and their achievements at Staley Middle School.
Late vehicle arrivals to the May 23, 2012 celebration found little parking on the North Lee Street campus. All paved lots and many grassy landscapes were now covered with guests' vehicles.
The graduating 8th graders entered the gymnasium in complete reverence for the occasion. Prior to the 9:30 a.m. event, each student was monitored for proper graduation dress code of black slacks and dressed with white tops. The Program was divided into three areas of Clubs & Organizations and 3rd and 4thWeek / 2nd Semester Awards and End of Year Awards.
After the Pledge to the American Flag, Principal, Mrs. Victoria Harris reminded her students of the importance of behavior and representation of Staley Middle School and welcomed guests with some late-release information. Guests were informed that Staley Middle School had 179 students out of 485 passed all 5 parts of the CRCT. In addition, there were over 200 students that did not receive a discipline referral all year.
Part One of the program was the President's Award. President Obama had congratulated the top students in the class with a letter and certificate. The 25 book campaign and the cheerleader awards were then presented. In part two of the program, outstanding students were recognized for Connections, Accelerated Reading, Perfect Attendance and Academic Honor Roll distinctions. For maximum exposure and program time constraints, each 8th grade homeroom teacher approached the podium to highlight the many accomplishments of students in their classes.
In section three of the impressive ceremony, 8th Grade Superlatives were revealed along with the Panther Award and Perfect Attendance Awards for the year. Additionally, the year end academic honor roll and CRCT awards were presented. Nearing the end of the ceremony, Principal Harris presented rings to the students and shared the name of the Top 10 graduates for the year.
Very impressive was the Rose Ceremony for the top 10 Graduates. Under each chair was a red rose and a gift envelope. The parents approached the podium to receive a rose for the mother or female guardian and the envelope for the father. As the roses were presented, Mrs. Harris said, "Thank you parents, for being a rose in the lives of these children."
Closing the program, the graduates repeated their Promise To Graduate. After the reading, Mrs. Harris added," Anticipate your future and only do your best. Be ready to spread your wings and to meet every challenge. Pass every test and be ready for whatever life hands you. Use what you have learned for your success. The staff and faulty of Staley Middle School join me in wishing your all the very best in life!"
Here, the gymnasium is filled with students, teachers and guests as they welcome and celebrate the Promise to Graduate Ceremony of 8th graders and share accolades for student successes throughout the school year.