I will say, right at the get go, that I'm not a big fan of these 8th grade continuation ceremonies. I mean, okay... Have some sort of commemoration for leaving one school building and moving onto another school building, but other than that, I don't think finishing 8th grade is all that much more ceremonious from finishing say, 7th grade or 9th grade...
The last of these I went to was Chaco's, six years ago. It was long, overly dramatic, and a bit ridiculous. I missed Wolfgang's the following year because I was teaching a class that night. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for these things, missing Wolfgang's 8th grade continuation show will remain a source of everlasting Mom-guilt.
|When did he get taller than me??|
Anyway, I'm glad to say that Meego's shindig was not as long or dramatic or ridiculous as Chaco's. Maybe the school got feedback. Maybe I'm not alone.
It was, however, just as hot as I remember. With everyone and their grandma crammed into the non-air-conditioned high school gym, furiously fanning themselves.
So today was just the typical last day of school. Be rowdy, sign yearbooks, etc. I perused through Meego's yearbook, filled with various messages about how he's "nice" and "fun" and "nerdy" and "smart". I'm particularly proud of the "nerdy". *sniff* chip off the old blocks!
I'm leaving in a little bit to go tute. This student is a high school junior who also celebrated her last school day today. She's leaving tomorrow for a fun camping trip with friends. She's nice and smart, and not notably nerdy. If it were up to me, I'd give her a pass on this session, but I suspect her hard-driving parents want her to complete and not skip this after-the-last-day-of-school-before-going-on-a-fun-camping-trip tute.
I'm sure she'll be totally into it.