William Mendenhall Mustangs

8th Grade Promotion Newsletter - December 2018

2019 Promotion News

Now that the second trimester has begun, it is time to plan for the end of the year and your child's transition from middle school to high school. It is an exciting and critical time for students as they anticipate the next phase of their school life while maintaining their focus on schoolwork and doing their best. This newsletter includes information on promotion events and the requirements for students that must be met in order for them to participate in the activities. We look forward to our students' continued academic excellence during these next two trimesters and hope that these final months of their middle school years are enjoyable and productive. Please save this guide to refer to in the coming months.


Tammy Rankin, Principal

Ravi Prabhala, Vice-Principal

8th Grade Events

Promotion Robe Orders

Orders due by April 14, 2019

All students who participate in the William Mendenhall Middle School promotion ceremony must wear the school's designated promotion robe. The school has a number of previously worn robes that may be borrowed for the ceremony. If you prefer, you may purchase a new robe for $23.00. Cash or check only, please. Checks should be made payable to Mendenhall Middle School and can be combined with the payment for the Discovery Kingdom trip.

National Anthem Auditions

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

room 41 @ 1:45PM

Vocal or Instrumental

  • Soloist/Group for promotion ceremony
  • Soloist/Group for awards night
  • Music and/or lyrics must be memorized

Awards Night

Monday, May 20, 2019

Gym @ 6:30PM

By Invitation Only

The purpose of this ceremony is to recognize academic achievement and excellence. Award recipients are determined based upon set criteria. Invitations will be

mailed to those parents whose child will be recognized.

Promotion Dance

Friday, May 31, 2019

7:00PM - 9:30PM

Cost - $20.00

This event is sponsored by the PTSA. Cash or check only, please. Check should be made payable to Mendenhall PTSA.

Eligibility: Students must receive a grade of "D" or better in all classes on their second trimester report card in order to sign-up. In order to attend, students must also continue to maintain passing grades and have no suspensions during the second and third semesters. Students must attend school on the day of the dance in order to participate.

Dress Code: LVJUSD dress code applies to this event.

Food and drinks will be provided. This dance is only for WMMS 8th grade students who have met the eligibility requirements. Students must be picked up promptly at 9:30pm!

Discovery Kingdom Trip

Monday, June 3, 2019

8:30AM - 6:30PM

Cost - $33.00 DK admission plus $37.00 bus fee

For season pass holders, only bus fee applies.

Cash or check only, please. DK payment can be combined with robe payment, if applicable. Check should be made payable to Mendenhall School and is due by April 19, 2019.

Students will report to the blacktop, outside the gym at 8:30AM to line up by bus number. No food or drinks are allowed. Students must ride to/from the park on the bus.

At the park: Students may not leave the park boundaries. If a student gets into trouble at the park, the parent will be asked to come to the park to get his/her child. All school rules apply at the park. Students should bring money for food (DK does not allow outside food).

Returning Home: Buses will leave Discovery Kingdom at 5:15PM. Students must meet the chaperones at the entrance to the park at 4:45PM. The buses will arrive in Livermore at approximately 6:30PM. Students should have transportation to their homes from school arranged prior to the trip.

Eligibility: In order to sign-up; students must receive a grade of "D" or better in all classes on their 2nd trimester report card and have no suspensions during 2nd trimester. In order to attend, students must continue to maintain passing grades during the third trimester and have no suspensions during trimesters 2 and 3.

No Refunds! Tickets are valid only on June 3. The school cannot refund your ticket or bus fee for any reason, including disciplinary exclusion. The last day to pay for the trip is Friday, April 19.

Promotion Rehearsal

Thursday, June 6, 2019
8:30AM - 12:15PM

Please do not make any appointments for your child until after 12:15PM. Students must attend the rehearsal in order to participate in the ceremony. Breakfast will be available to those 8th graders participating in the ceremony.

Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, June 6, 2019

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginning at 4:00PM, the campus will open for early seating. To ensure that all students' names are heard clearly and to maintain the health and safety of all guests, airhorns are not permitted.

Dress Code: Robes must be worn during the ceremony. MMS achievement pins are the only accessories allowed to be worn on the robe. Families should hold flowers and/or leis until after the ceremony. No sunglasses, hats or other headgear, please.

Important Dates

January 2019

15 - High School Intra-district transfer window opens

February 2019

7 - Granada HS Mat Chat with the Principal

20 - Livermore HS Expo 6:00PM - 7:30PM

March 2019

1 - High School Intra-district transfer window closes

- Pathways to a Bright Future

7 - End of 2nd trimester
21 - Granada HS Expo 5:30PM - 8:00PM

April 2019

1 - First day of Spring Break

5 - Last day of Spring Break

19 - Promotion robe orders due

19 - Last day to pay for Discovery Kingdom trip

May 2019

3- 8th grade panoramic picture

8 - National Anthem Auditions

20 - Awards Night by Invitation Only

31 - Promotion Dance

June 2019

3 - Discovery Kingdom trip

6 - Promotion rehearsal

6 - Promotion Ceremony