Schools celebrate end of year with ceremonies

       A total of about 945 students will graduate or be promoted in ceremonies at 12 Westside public schools during the coming week.
       (The word “about” is necessary because of typical uncertainty about the academic status of a few students, mainly at the middle and high schools).
       Coronado High, District 11's flagship Westside high school, will graduate its roughly 330-member Class of 2008 at the World Arena Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will include performances by the Coronado Jazz Band, the Coronado Shomber Choir and the Coronado Orchestra. Speakers will include class valedictorian Nicolas Mahoy, salutatorian Mollie Wolf (introducing the podium guests), senior speakers Cody Brevik and Parker King, faculty speaker Darin Smith and D-11 Board of Education member John Gudvangen.
       The Bijou School, the alternative high school on the Westside, anticipates graduating 17 students Monday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. 1150 Panorama Drive. Guest speakers will be District 11 Superintendent Terry Bishop and board member Tami Hasling. Because of meal considerations, reservations are requested. For more information, call 328-7900.
       The middle schools feeding into Coronado are Holmes and West, which will have separate promotional ceremonies.
       Holmes expects to promote 220 eighth-graders Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the school courtyard. Speakers will be Brenda LeBrasse, the outgoing senior principal who is ending 30 years at the school; Dr. Brenda McBrayer, executive director of middle schools for D-11; and five students.
       West's event, which administrators are calling a “passage ceremony,” will be Thursday, May 22, at 9 a.m. in the school gym. Approximately 160 eighth-graders will be honored. Speakers will be Coronado Principal Susan Humphrey; D-11 board member Tom Strand; and two students.
       Here are the Westside D-11 elementary-school promotion numbers, dates and times (all are at their schools unless otherwise indicated):
  • Bristol, 33 students, May 22 at noon.
  • Buena Vista, 24 students, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Howbert, 45 students, May 21 at 9 a.m.
  • Jackson, 30 students, May 20 at 6 p.m.
  • Midland, 19 students, May 21 at Tesla (dinner & ceremony) at 5:30 p.m. (Call 328-4500.)
  • Pike, 16 students, May 22 at 1 p.m.
  • Washington, 30 students, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Whittier, 21 students, May 22 at 9 a.m.

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