8th Grade Promotion: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 1:31pm

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Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents:  Save the Date - June 19 is the 8th Grade Promotion!

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Time: Doors open at 12:45 pm; program begins at 1:15 promptly

Place: Long Reach High School – Auditorium

Tickets: Tickets will be distributed (2) per family and are required for admission to the auditorium at Long Reach High School.  We apologize for the limit on the number of tickets allowed per family; LRHS has limited seating available. Please do not forget or lose your admission ticket.  If you do not have your ticket the morning of the Promotion, you will be admitted 15 minutes after the start of the ceremony pending available seating.

Students:  Students will report to the LRHS gymnasium at 12:45 p.m. to prepare for the procession. Student who are late may not be able to process and/or walk across the stage.   

Note:   June 19th is a half-day for students.  Students will be dismissed from school at 11:45 am. and you will need to transport your child to Long Reach for promotion


Photos Needed! 

We would like to have a slide show featuring each of our eighth graders.  We are looking for two pictures per student, one photo when your child was a baby/toddler and one photo that is more recent.  Please send the pictures to Ms. Hutzell electronically at loretta_hutzell@hcpss.org no later than June 10. Thank you!

2 Ticket Limit per Student

Two tickets to the Promotion will be sent home with your child on Monday, June 17.  These are required for admission.  Please be sure to check your child’s backpack for these documents. Tickets are numbered and each student will receive 2 tickets.  The auditorium at Long Reach seats 693 people and we need to accommodate 711 people.   Staff members will be asked to stand.  We wish we had more tickets to offer families, but unfortunately we have no extra tickets.  Once your tickets are received, be sure to keep them in a safe place.  Due to the strict ticket limit described above, please do not forget or lose your admission tickets; you must present them in order to be admitted to the auditorium at Long Reach.  If you do not have your ticket the morning of the Promotion, you will be admitted 15 minutes after the start of the ceremony, pending available seating.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Guidelines, Policies and Information


The Eighth Grade Promotion is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2019.  Attire should be "Dressy Casual". Although this is a celebration, we still regard this as teaching and learning experiences. We want our students to recognize the following: fashions that are “in” may not always be appropriate.  Appropriate attire is determined by the occasion and the time of day it is to occur.  Please understand that the HCPSS Dress Code is enforced at all school events.

Items to Wear:

  • A dress, skirt, slacks, khakis or a suit that may be worn to a house of worship, a nice restaurant, or a special occasion is suitable. It may have long or short sleeves.
    • Shirts can be button-down, open-collar, or polo styles.
    • Students will be required to walk up and down steps and across the stage at Long Reach HS so please consider shoes with a low or medium heel.
    • If you have purchased a dress, and it has a very low neckline or spaghetti straps, your student should wear a jacket or sweater with the dress for the entire event.  Shoulder straps should be at least one inch wide.
    • Jacket and/or tie are optional.

Items to Avoid:

  • Semi-formal or formal dresses
  • A tuxedo or other formal attire
  • Dresses with very low necklines or that show midriff
  • Very short or tight dresses
  • Strapless dresses
  • Shoulder straps less than one inch in width
  • Jeans
  • Tennis Shoes
  • T-shirts


Students must be in school on June 19 in order to attend the promotion ceremony.

The following policy applies to all events during and after school hours.

HCPSS policy PR-2050 defines absences as:

  • Full Day Absent: A student is counted absent for a full day if the student is present for less than one hour of the school day.
  • Full Day Present: A student is counted present for a full day if the student is absent for less than one hour of the school day.
  • Half Day Present: A student will be credited with a half-day present if the student attends an hour or more of the school day, and/or is absent an hour or more of the school day.
    • Students should be in the building and accounted for by 8:00 AM in order to attend the Promotion Ceremony.
    • Any student tardy to school without a physician’s note will be considered unexcused.

 Please note that these guidelines will be enforced during all end of year activities for the 8th grade.


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How can I get an additional ticket to the ceremony?
Only two tickets per student are available per student, due to seating limitations at LRHS’s auditorium. Please ask a neighbor or friend who may not be using both of their tickets.
I lost my ticket. Can I get a replacement?
Students will be given students tickets in school.  Please speak to your child about keeping these tickets in a safe place until they get home from school.  If your child loses their ticket, contact Ms. Bradley immediately so we can try to help locate it.  Replacements may not be possible due to capacity restrictions at Long Reach.  
If I have a younger sibling can they attend if they sit on a parent's/adult's lap or if they are in a car seat?
Everyone needs a ticket due to capacity restrictions.  As long as a young child has a ticket for admittance, they can attend.
Does my child have to wear the clothes that are listed on the suggested guidelines?
No, these are just guidelines for the ceremony.  We hope they are able to attend and uphold the tradition of appropriate dress for this type of occasion.  If you need assistance of any type with securing items to wear, please let us know.  We will do our best to assist you or direct you to the proper resources in the county.
I plan to get to LRHS early to secure my seat. How do I enter?     
The doors outside of the auditorium will open at 12:45 pm for admittance to the auditorium.  Tickets will be required for each individual.
What time does my child need be at Long Reach?
All students should be at Long Reach by 12:45 pm if they want to participate in the promotion ceremony and walk across the stage.   Arriving late could prevent students from sitting with the 8th grade class and walking across the stage.