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March 17, 2010
Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Guardians:
We are at the of close of our second trimester and as hard as it is to believe, it is time to start
thinking about Promotion and the activities associated with this rite of passage for our eighth
grade students. Please take time to read the enclosed information and do not hesitate to call us if
you have questions. More detailed information about the activities associated with Promotion will
be sent home in May along with a permission slip for participation. The purpose of this letter is to
give you dates and to ensure that you are informed of District and school policies associated with
Promotion Activity Dates:
Friday, June 4 – Eighth Grade Breakfast: The traditional Promotion Breakfast will take place
during first and second periods in Mustang Hall. We recognize that this is the morning of the
Carlmont High School graduation. Staff members will shuttle those students who have a sibling
graduating from Carlmont and want to attend our breakfast to CHS in time for the ceremony.
Monday, June 7 – Inflatable Games: Students will participate in this fun activity in our gym and
on the blacktop during their Physical Education class time. Students who take zero period P.E.
will participate during fourth period.
Monday, June 7 – Awards Night: Students receiving awards will receive an invitation letter to
this special evening event for students and parents.
Tuesday, June 8 – Great America Trip: Buses will leave Central for Great America at around
9:00 a.m. and will return to CMS at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 10 – Promotion Day: Students will come to school in the morning for their last
Promotion practice and will be dismissed from school at 10:00 a.m. They will return to school at
3:00 p.m. for the 4:00 p.m. Promotion Ceremony. The ceremony is held on the green and usually
lasts not longer than an hour. The Promotion Dance begins at 8:00 and ends at 10:30 p.m. and
will be held in Mustang Hall.
Suggested Attire for Promotion Events:
In the past we have heard that parents like knowing in advance what the suggested attire is for
these events so that you have time to shop and pick out something special for your child. We
have attached a list of suggested attire for your information.
San Carlos School District Policy on Promotion from Grade 8 to High School:
It is the goal to have every student maintain a cumulative eighth grade 2.0 grade point average in
order to participate in the eighth grade end of the year activities including the promotion
ceremony. In order to cross the stage and receive a promotion certificate, students must hold a
2.0 GPA, except in special circumstances. The GPA is calculated on a cumulative average from
all three trimesters of eighth grade. Students who are unable to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
due to special needs, language acquisition or social-emotional issues will be evaluated by the site
team on a case by case basis to determine whether it is appropriate to allow them to participate in
the promotion ceremony. One major criterion for promotion will be the evidence of consistent
improvement and effort spanning the eighth grade year.
Promotion activities will be earned through appropriate behavior. Students with a history of
detentions, suspensions or honor code violations may lose the privilege of participating in events
such as the eighth grade breakfast, any field trip planned or the promotion dance. The site team
will meet to determine appropriate action on a case by case basis. Students who do not
participate in some or all of the above mentioned activities must attend school.
The staff will make every effort to ensure that all of our students meet the 2.0 GPA requirement
for promotion including offering assistance to students who are struggling academically. Once
the second trimester grades have been posted, students (and their parents) who are
academically at risk of not being promoted will be invited to meet with the principal and/or
counselor in order to develop a plan for improvement. Similar meetings will occur for students
who are behaviorally at risk.
Included with this letter is a “contract” for expected student behavior. These guidelines will be
reviewed with all of our eighth grade students in class by the school administration and teachers.
Please help us by reviewing the guidelines at home with your student. Parent and student should
sign the bottom of the contract and return the contract to school by Monday, April 5.
The staff at Central Middle School, particularly the eighth grade team and administration, looks
forward each year to the excitement that builds prior to this very special time for our eighth grade
students. We have much to celebrate with them and want to make their last days (and yours)
with us memorable.
Again, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Ms. Lynette Hovland