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Great Grade-School Graduations

Although not all elementary and middle schools hold graduation ceremonies for students being promoted to middle and (junior) high, such a ceremony (also called Promotion Day or Recognition Day ceremonies) can be an exciting and memorable way to commemorate this academic transition. The resources in this collection highlight creative ways to plan a graduation celebration of any size for younger students.
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Great Grade-School Graduations
  • mymassp.com
    mymassp.com

    From the Middle: Recognizing Rising 8th Graders

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Although geared toward 7th and 8th-grade students, the suggestions provided by Diane McMillan are excellent to use with both middle and elementary school students. Alternative terms for 'graduation' are provided along with great activities for celebrating and commemorating academic transitions are included, making this a great resource for classroom and school-wide celebrations.
  • nytimes.com
    nytimes.com

    Eighth-Grade Graduations: Balancing the Pomp With the Circumstance

    8 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Jan Hoffman offers an interesting, yet balanced examination of the significance of elementary and middle school graduation ceremonies in this NY Times article.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This infographic created by Children's Hospital Colorado does a great job of listing concrete ways that parents can support their student(s) in the transition from elementary to middle school. I recommend giving this useful, yet easy to understand resource to parents as part of the "graduation ceremony" program. A link for a similar infographic addressing the transition from middle to high school is also included!
  • k6educators.about.com
    k6educators.about.com

    10 Ways to Celebrate Elementary School Graduation

    7 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    K6Educator.com provides outstanding ideas for celebrating academic transitions. Although geared towards elementary graduation/promotion celebrations, the suggestions included in this article (for example, a Moving Up Day Dance or "graduation" journal) can definitely be used with middle school students as well.
  • Planning a 5th grade graduation

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    jyjoynercounselor.blogspot.com
    jyjoynercounselor.blogspot.com
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This blog post offers some great suggestions for planning grade-school graduation celebrations. The ideas are creative, concrete, and best of all, low cost! One of my favorite ideas is having students wear ribbons in the school years rather than more costly commencement robes.
  • chicagonow.com
    chicagonow.com

    Why elementary school graduation parties are a bad idea

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    I love that this article takes a complete different perspective on grade-school graduations. In this humorous article, Shannan Younger presents several valid reasons why grade school academic promotions are not cause for celebration in the way that high school or college graduations are. The best part of the article, however, are the insightful questions to pose to "grade school graduates" as they finish one part of their academic career and begin another.
  • educationworld.com
    educationworld.com

    Make Graduation Day Special

    7 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    The tips and ideas included in this EducationWorld article are excellent! From traditional whole-school graduation ceremony ideas to ways to celebrate within the classroom, the ideas provided here help make planning graduation/promotion celebrations both meaningful and memorable.
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