Classmates, family, friends, and staff celebrated Sequim School District’s fifth and eighth graders finishing elementary and middle school last week.
Heavy rain on the afternoon of June 16 brought Greywolf Elementary’s fifth grade celebration inside. Teachers gave out certificates in their rooms and the school’s other grades lined the halls to give high-fives and fist bumps to the new middle schoolers. Snacks abounded for fifth-graders afterward.
Van Johnson, a fifth-grader in Josiah Sutherland’s class, said he’s excited to start middle school and he has good memories from elementary school, including going on a field trip in second grade to Salt Creek.
Later on June 16, Sequim Middle School teachers and staff held a drive-through for eighth-graders with certificates, dancing and cheering staff, and a photo booth. The school’s end-of-year dance for seventh- and eighth-graders was held earlier in the month, staff said.
Emma Gilliam drove through with her parents Glenn and Kecia Gilliam and extra passengers — two puppets and a rubber chicken — cheering her on. She said her dad originally wanted to drive up in an RV.
As for her time in middle school, Emma said there’s too many good memories to list, but said she appreciated “being able to have connections with people.”
Fellow eighth-grader Juan Moreno said he enjoyed making friends, and he’s looking forward to learning about automobiles and robotics in high school.
On Friday, June 17 Helen Haller Elementary teachers and staff handed out candy leis and certificates at their drive-through event for fifth-graders moving onto middle school, offering a photo booth where students could take pictures in fun outfits. Earlier in the day, the school held a “grad walk” for its fifth-graders in the courtyard.