8th Grade Moving Up Packet

Dear Parents and/or Guardians of Eighth Grade Students,

The end of the year is fast approaching and, as unbelievable as it seems, the eighth graders are wrapping up their time here at Cocopah Middle School. It has been a wonderful school year for all of us, and three years filled with great experiences for many of our students. I am writing to you now to share with you the exciting end-of-the-year activities we have planned for the eighth graders. This will be a time of camaraderie and celebration as we send our students off to high school.

We are expecting our eighth graders to continue to be role models and to demonstrate exemplary character through the end of the school year. We do not expect any major discipline referrals, however, we will be paying close attention to behavior during this final quarter. Teachers and Administrators will be reviewing discipline records as we get closer to the end of the school year. Any student who receives a major infraction will receive consequences in accordance with the SUSD Code of Conduct, and they will also lose eligibility to attend and participate in the end-of-year activities.

As the weather starts to warm up and students start to feel older and more mature, they may feel the temptation to challenge the dress code. Let me assure you that the dress code will continue to be enforced and will apply to all school events. This will include the moving-up ceremony, which will be held on campus this year.

The moving up ceremony will be held on the morning of May 26. The purpose of this ceremony will be to celebrate as a Cocopah community the accomplishments of the eighth graders. The primary focus will be on the teachers and 6th-7th graders celebrating the 8th graders as they move on. It is not a graduation, but a “sending off.” Parents will be welcome, but seating will be extremely limited. We would suggest that, if you would like a celebration with family and friends, that you hold that celebration during the evening that day or during that following weekend.

I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am to see these young men and women move up to high school. We are all looking forward to the celebrations – the day at Big Surf, the dance, the breakfast and the ceremony. Please share with your promoting eighth graders our pride in them. And, in that sharing, remind them that they represent in their behaviors the character and community of their families at home and their family at Cocopah.


Lance Huffman


Click here for the 8th Grade Moving Up Packet

Click here for the Big Surf Permission Slip

*As a reminder, all checks should be make out to Cocopah APT.

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