925 graduating in Westside’s 5th, 8th, 12th grades

       Between May 18 and 26, close to 925 students in the 11 Westside public schools will mark milestones in their educational lives, moving up from 5th, 8th and 12th grades.
       The following lists dates, times and numbers of students being recognized at each school's celebration. (All these events except the two high schools' graduation ceremonies will be at the schools themselves.)
  • Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning charter school (AACL), 2510 N. Chestnut St. According to Principal Nikki Myers, AACL does not hold a fifth-grade promotion because under the school's format those students are in the same “division” with sixth- graders and are also staying in the school.
           AACL, whose longer school year ends June 2, will hold a “celebration ceremony” including recognition of eight eighth graders Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., Myers said.
  • Bristol, 890 N. Walnut St. - 40 students... Monday, May 23 at 10 a.m. (Note: Beforehand, starting at 8:30 a.m., Kids on Bikes will present nearly 40 free bikes, locks and helmets to fifth-graders who achieved educational goals during the school year.)
  • Buena Vista, 24 W. Pikes Peak - 25 students... Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St. - 52 students... Friday, May 20, at 9 a.m.
  • Jackson, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave. - 45 students... Friday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Midland, 2110 W. Broadway St. - 27 students... Monday, May 23, at 10 a.m.
  • West, 25 N. 20th St. - 63 students... Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m.

           Middle schools

    While staff, students and parents cheer them on, Zander Scott (right) and Lizbeth Calderon race to the finish line in a second-grade 4x100-meter mixed-relay race May 5 during West Elementary Track Day activities on the track the school shares with West Middle School.
    Westside Pioneer photo
  • Holmes, 2455 Mesa Rd. - 225 students... Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m.
  • West, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave. - 97 students... Thursday, May 26 at 9 a.m.
           High schools
  • Bijou Alternative - about 30 students... Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Ave. (Note: Beforehand, starting at 6 p.m., will be a dinner for each graduate and two guests.)
  • Coronado - 312 students... Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at the World Arena, 3185 Venetuccio Blvd.

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