The end of 8th grade is an important milestone. It's a sign that adolescents are now teenagers, that they are ready to take on a more active role in their own educational experience, and that they have mastered the basic skills of reading, writing, reasoning, and mathematics. In high school they will refine these skills and start their journey toward adulthood. But, before they dive into the new challenges and opportunities that high school will offer, they deserve to dive into a few pools this summer.
I truly hope the 8th graders of Walter S. Parker Middle School, the intelligent, funny, and talented young adults I had the pleasure to spend each school day with this past year, will enjoy a well-deserved safe and fun summer.
Here's a short video of their last days in middle school.