MIDDLE RIVER – After the completion of an applause-filled Grade 8 celebration in the Middle River Middle school gymnasium, students gathered outside atop a grassy knoll.
They had permission to leave school grounds if a parent was there to pick them up. And yet, these teenagers lingered, sensing their Grade 8 celebration doubled as a farewell.
The 315 Grade 8 Middle River Middle students are headed to 28 different schools. While the majority (194) will start Grade 9 at Kenwood High next fall, some friends will be going elsewhere.
So there were hugs and more than a few cell phone selfies in front of a bright red Middle River Middle banner.
“Make sure you send me all those photos,” said Grade 8 student Seth Yu, one of those students headed to Kenwood.
Then Yu is asked about high school. And his eyes light up. He is genuinely excited about the next step. He talks about an eagerness to meet new classmates, a chance to play high school basketball, an opportunity to take more math classes. He enjoyed Algebra I at Middle River.
A few feet away, Mia Leandri was taking photos with her friends while clutching several student achievement certificates she received at the Grade 8 ceremony. She is on her way to Eastern Technical High School. Her focus: Computer networking. She credited her Middle River teachers for helping spark that interest.
Classmate Oliver Hall, dressed in suit coat and bow tie, will attend Chesapeake High, where he will be part of the ROTC program. He also has interest in joining the debate team and track and field.
Three students. Three different paths. All looking forward to high school.
In the official Middle River Middle Grade 8 celebration program was a quote from the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go:”
“You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way!”
For all our incoming Grade 9 students, this BCPS-TV feature will prove helpful. Hear from current BCPS high school students about what to expect next year!