8th Gr. Promotion and Activities

Promoting Class of 2015

Promotion will be on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

December 12, 2014 Activities 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.  Hopefully, the information included in this letter will assist you in your planning. 

  • This year the Promotion Dance will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room on Friday, June 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  In order to attend this activity, students must have passing grades in all of their classes by Monday, June 8th.
  • Please remember before you purchase clothes for the promotion dance, this event is NOT a formal affair and the middle school dress code applies.  Long formals, halter/spaghetti straps/strapless dresses, dresses with low necklines, etc. are appropriate for formal high school dances. However, they are NOT permitted at the middle school promotion dance or promotion ceremony.  We want to ensure that all students dress appropriately for eighth grade promotion activities.
  • This year the eighth grade trip to Great America will take place on Monday, June15th.  In order to take part in this activity, students must have passing grades in all classes on their report card at the end of the second trimester, March 11, 2015.  Students must continue to maintain passing grades during the third trimester to attend.
  • The promotion ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 18th.  In order to attend this activity, students must have passing grades in all of their classes for the third trimester. We encourage our eighth graders to see this event as one for which they “dress for success.” Jeans, flip flops, and hats are not appropriate for this event and are not permitted at the ceremony.  Note that it is possible for students not to have the grades for the Great America trip but still be able to participate in the other two promotion activities.
  • An eighth grade student may advance to high school with one failing grade on his or her report card at the end of the third trimester. However, the student may not take part in the promotion ceremony or dance.  According to District policy, a student with two or more failing grades at the end of the third trimester must attend and pass summer school classes before advancing to high school.  A student with three failing grades may be retained.  Final decisions regarding students’ advancement to high school will be made by the administration in August.

Please see the following important dates and save this information for your reference.

Panoramic Picture
March 16       Panoramic picture order forms will be passed
                     out to students in Core class.
March 19       Panoramic picture taken in the afternoon
                     (Money due on day of picture.)

Week of March 2nd:  Additional information packets will be sent home
                                   with permission slips and further details.

Promotion Gown and Great America Trip Monies Due
March 23       Promotion ceremony gown sizes are due.
March 23       Great America permission slip, field trip emergency form,
                     and money are due.
($67 for ticket and transportation or
                     $38 for transportation only for students with season
                     passes). The Great America trip is on Monday, June 15th.

Promotion Dance and Ceremony Dates
June 12         Promotion Dance in the Multi-Purpose Room from 7:00 p.m.
                     to 9:30 p.m.
June 18         Promotion Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. in the CMS Courtyard

In May, we will compile a list of students who are at-risk of failing the third trimester and in danger of not participating in both the Promotion Dance (6/12) and the CMS Promotion Ceremony (6/18).

We look forward to successful second and third trimesters for all of our eighth grade students.



Pat Avilla                                                                   Erik Taylor
Principal                                                                    Vice Principal

November 10, 2014

Dear 8th grade parents,

Our Promotion Planning Committee is working hard on the promotion dance scheduled for Friday, June 12th. This party is a CMS PTA program and a celebration for our students as they conclude their time in middle school and prepare for high school. The goal of this event is to provide a memorable and fun experience for all in attendance and we need your help to make this happen.

We are asking 8th grade families to consider a monetary contribution called a “Flat Dollar Donation” towards the cost of this event in lieu of running fundraisers throughout the school year. Below you will find suggested amounts and how each impacts our fundraising efforts. Our committee is grateful for “Flat Dollar Donations” in any amount and wants to stress participation is voluntary. 

Our budget for this event is approximately $3,200 and will fund the following:

  • Building supplies
  • Decorations
  • DJ
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Invitations
  • Photo booth
  • Printing
  • Prizes

We have 222 promoting students and if 70%, or 155, of these families donate the amounts listed below we will either raise the total needed or reduce the amount of fundraising necessary for this event. Any money raised which exceeds the budget will be “gifted” back to the school and students decide through voting, which CMS project to fund. Previous class gifts have included contributions towards murals in the gym and MPR and the marque at the front of the school.

Make your Flat Dollar Donation TODAY!

Please make your donation by January 16, 2015.

Flat Dollar Donation Amount

70% of 222 Families


Total Raised





Budget covered and

$1450 for a class gift




Budget covered and

$675 for a class gift




Only $100 left to fundraise




Only $875 left to fundraise




Only $1650 left to fundraise









DELIVER Envelope provided to office marked "8th Grade Promotion"

Attention: 8th Grade Promotion

5757 Haggin Oaks

Livermore, CA 94551


Please attend our meetings and join the fun. Our next meeting is in the CMS Library at 7PM on December 11, 2014. Volunteer by contacting our committee chair, Monica Baucke, at or at 925-548-3305.

Here’s to the promoting class of 2015!

CMS 8th Grade Promotion Committee

PTA 8th Grade Promotion Team News

For more information regarding the activities of the CMS PTA 8th Grade Promotion Team, please visit their website at

8th Grade Panoramic Picture

The 8th grade panoramic picture will be taken on March 19 in the afternoon. Ordering information will be distributed to students closer to picture day. Orders and payment are due on March 19, 2015.