8th Gr. Promotion and Activities

Promoting Class of 2017

Promotion will be on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Promotion Dance Donation Letter - April 18, 2017

Dear 8th Grade Parents

With less than 55 days to go, we are in full promotion mode! We are excited about hosting the 8th grade Promotion Dance on June 2, 2017 in the MPR at CMS from 7:00-9:30pm.

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8th Grade T-Shirts

Eighth Grade T-Shirts are a fun way to celebrate the promotion class.  The shirts may be paid for on the CMS RevTrak web store until 11:55 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, or by submitting cash or check in the CMS office before 3 p.m., Friday, April 21.

All t-shirt orders must be prepaid; and whichever form of payment is used, a Class of 2017 T-Shirt Order Form must be returned to the CMS office no later than April 21.  For additional information, please see the attached order form or download the form from the 8th Grade Promotion and Activities page of the CMS website.

Thank you.

March 1, 2017 LETTER

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

It is never too early to provide information about 8th grade activities.  With this in mind, we need to inform you of specific information about the Great America trip and other promotion activities.  It is our intent to continue to inform families with the hope of avoiding any last minute confusion.

Please save this letter to refer to throughout the upcoming months.


Panoramic Picture

March 13   Panoramic picture order forms to students in Core class.

March 16   Panoramic picture will be taken in the afternoon.
                    The price for the picture (not framed) is $22.
                    The price for the framed picture is $40.

Promotion Gown

March 20    Promotion ceremony gown form due.

8th Grade Great America Field Trip

April 21       Great America permission slip, field trip emergency form, and money due.
                    ($72 for ticket and transportation or $40 for transportation
                     only for students with a season pass).

Great America Field Trip Date 

June 5        Students will report to school at their regular time and go to their
                    first period class to wait for instructions to board the buses.

Promotion Dance and Ceremony Dates

June 2         Promotion Dance in the Multi-Purpose Room from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

June 8         Promotion Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the CMS Courtyard.

Please see the back of this letter for detailed information about these upcoming events and complete the enclosed permission forms by the set deadlines.



Pat Avilla


8th Grade Panoramic Picture

The 8th grade panoramic picture will be taken on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Order forms will be distributed on March 13 and must be returned with the exact amount (either $22 or $40) on the day of the photo if you wish to purchase a picture. The office cannot make change.

8th Grade Promotion Gown Form


The promotion ceremony will be held in the outside courtyard area on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 6 p.m. In an effort to enhance the promotion ceremony and limit clothing cost for families, all promoting 8th grade students at Christensen Middle School will wear royal blue promotion gowns. Students will borrow a gown for the event and return it following the ceremony. Students may wear a gown from a previous year if they have access to one. The attached gown form is due Monday, March 20, 2017. In order to attend this activity, students must have passing grades in all of their classes for the third trimester.

Great America Trip Paperwork


The Great America trip is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2017. Students will report to school at the regular time, go to their first period class and be called to board the bus at approximately 8:45 a.m. All students attending the trip must ride the bus to Great America. They will return at approximately 5 p.m. the same day.  Please be advised that if any student is caught by park security breaking any rules/regulations, he/she will be detained by park security and parents will be responsible for their child's transportation home from the park.

For a limited time (March 17 through April 21), the 8th Grade Field Trip items (park entry and transportation or transportation only) will be active at our online RevTrak web store for families wishing to charge their donation. Families may also remit money orders, cash, or checks with the attached Great America permission slip and field trip emergency form to the office.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to "C.M.S." Students with season passes are free to use them but must notify the office by April 21. If a pass is being used, remit only the cost of the round-trip bus fare. No refunds will be given for passes purchased at a later date. Field trip forms must be turned into the school office with either a copy of the online payment receipt, cash, check or money order by April 21.

Any student who has one or more F's at the end of the 3rd trimester will not attend the trip. Any student who does not attend the trip is expected to attend school on the day of the trip.

8th Grade Promotion Dance

The promotion dance will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In order to provide an opportunity for family and friends to celebrate together, all of the Livermore middle schools will be hosting their celebration the Friday before the June 8 ceremony. To participate in this activity, students must have passing grades in all of their classes by Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Please be on the lookout for more information regarding this event as there is a parent committee dedicated to coordinating the details. In order for your child to have a memorable night and fantastic experience, we need your input when planning this event. Parent volunteers are crucial to this event's success. This celebration is hosted entirely by 8th grade parent volunteers.  If you are interested in assisting the 8th grade promotion parent team or have contacts that could supply donations, please contact the CMS PTA.

Promotion Ceremony Gown Form
8th Grade Great America Field Trip Form
LVJUSD Parent Authorization For Field Trip Form

March 1, 2017 Letter

PTA 8th Grade Promotion Committee Letter - February 2017

Dear CMS 8th Grade Parents

Can you believe we are in the home stretch towards the promotion of our students?  To give our 8th graders a good send off, we are organizing the annual 8th Grade Promotion Dance which will take place on Friday, June 2, 2017. This event is a CMS PTA program and it aims to be a memorable celebration for students as they prepare to enter high school.

We are asking 8th grade families to consider a “Flat Donation” towards the cost of this event. This year’s committee is grateful for any dollar donations and would like to stress that participation in this donation is completely voluntary.  Our budget is limited to $3,500.00 and our funds raised will cover the cost of the DJ, photo booth, food, décor, prizes and entertainment.

Currently, we have 247 promoting students and if 80% of our families donate $15 or more, we can raise the total needed without depending on other fundraising efforts. Any money raised that exceeds the budget will be gifted back to the school.

Ready to make your donation? GREAT! Here’s how:

  1. Mail your donation using the enclosed pre-addressed envelope.
  2. Deliver your envelope to the CMS office marked: “Attention: PTA Treasurer/8th Grade Promotion”.  Please make checks payable to “CMS PTA”.
  3. Make an online donation via the Webstore on the school’s website

If you would like to help with the dance, please feel free to email Heidi Campher on The more the merrier! 

CMS families with businesses can sponsor this event and receive public recognition on our CMS PTA Facebook Page and on the marquee outside the school. This is a tax-deductible donation.

In advance, we thank you for your donations and support in making this a memorable night for our 8th grade students.

Best wishes

CMS 8th Grade Promotion Committee

CMS PTA 8th Grade Promotion Committee Letter.pdf

December 6, 2016 Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Eighth grade activities are just around the corner. We are looking forward to a celebration of the culmination of three years of hard work on the part of your children. ...more

PTA 8th Grade Promotion Team News

For more information regarding the activities of the CMS PTA 8th Grade Promotion Team, please email the 8th Grade Promotion Committee Chairperson at

2016-2017 Forms

Please print the writable forms, sign and return them to the CMS office by the due dates. 

8th Grade T-Shirt Order Form
(Due April 21, 2017)

Promotion Ceremony Gown Form 
(Due March 20, 2017)

2017 8th Grade Great America Field Trip Form 
(Due April 21, 2017)

LVJUSD Parent Authorization For Field Trip Form for 2017 Great America Field Trip 
(Due April 21, 2017)

8th Grade Panoramic Picture

The 8th grade panoramic picture will be taken on March 16 in the afternoon. Ordering information will be distributed to students closer to picture day. Orders and payment are due on March 16, 2017.