Let us first say that we are so sorry that this is the way your 8th grade year is ending and wish it wasn’t the case. The unexpected closing of school continues to leave us all sad and missing you, and our hearts are with you and your families at this time. And, although it is true that the 8th grade end of year activities such as the dance, Knotts Berry Farm trip, carnival, and promotion ceremony are all canceled, we want to assure you that you are not forgotten.
Some may tell you that promoting from 8th grade is not nearly the milestone that a high school graduation is, but it is still a milestone in your life and it is okay to feel sad and disappointed. However, don’t let that sadness and disappointment keep you from celebrating your success. We are discussing ways to honor you and your accomplishments, because promoting from 8th grade is a big deal. It is a stepping stone to your future, a future we know will be bright because you are Wolverines and Wolverines stay strong even when faced with tough times. Although the following “events” will not make up for what you are missing out on, we hope that they will help you realize that you should be proud of this accomplishment.
First, a banner supporting our 8th graders was hung on the school fence last week facing Sheep Creek Road. Please drive your 8th grader by it or view it on the school’s social media accounts on Facebook (Piñon Mesa Middle School), Instagram (pmmswolverines20), or on Twitter@MesaPinon. Second, closer to the end of the year, our staff will be doing a video tribute to you that will be posted on our website and shared with you all. Then, on June 3 (the day originally scheduled for your promotion), at 8:20pm (2020 military time), all outdoor lights, at Piñon Mesa, will be turned on for 20 minutes in honor of you. Also, during the day on June 3, we are hoping that we may be able to have staff line the parking lot, using social distancing standards, so that you and your families can drive through (while remaining in your cars at all times) and be applauded for your accomplishments. This is something that we are hoping to do and will keep you updated if this can happen. We know it isn’t even close to the same as a promotion ceremony but want you to see how we are all so proud of you.
Finally, it is our plan that at a future date, possibly sometime in August, we can find a day to have you all back to Piñon Mesa for a promotion ceremony and your dance. When that will be and what that will look like is something we are still working on and several factors still need to be looked at in determining how to make that happen. We will do our very best to keep you updated on these planned “events” should there be any changes and as plans are finalized. Please also remember that you can still order your yearbook, for this school year, at www.jostens.com. Those will be distributed sometime at the beginning of June.
In closing, let us, once again, say that you are not forgotten in all of this. In these difficult times, it is important to look at our blessings as well. We have had more than two and a half amazing years with you and those are times we, as a staff, will always treasure and this unprecedented quarantine ensures that the 8th grade class of 2020 will never be forgotten. Please know that the staff of Piñon Mesa firmly believes in you and wishes you well in high school and beyond. Always remember that once you are a Wolverine, you are always a Wolverine.
The Piñon Mesa Middle School Staff
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