Student promotions/graduations punctuate school year’s finale

       Westside public schools are promoting/graduating an anticipated 997 students from the 5th, 8th and 12th grades this month. The total exceeds last year's 942.
       Leading the way is Coronado High School, with about 330 students (exact total pending final grades this week) set to don mortar boards at ceremonies Tuesday, May 22 at 9 a.m. at the World Arena. District 11 Superintendent Terry Bishop and Board of Education member Jan Tanner will be on hand.
       Bijou, the Westside's alternative high school in its second year of awarding its own diplomas, graduated 29 in a ceremony this week.
       West Middle School will promote 124 students Wednesday, May 23 at 9 a.m. Coronado Principal Susan Humphrey and Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small are the scheduled speakers.
       Holmes, which let out a week early because of construction activities at the school, promoted 238 students May 16.
       Bristol and Washington elementaries, which ended their years May 4, promoted 37 and 36 fifth-graders, respectively. Like Holmes, they also face extensive summer construction and their students had longer days during the school year to get in enough academic hours.
       Here are the upcoming elementary-school promotion dates, times (all are at their schools unless otherwise indicated):
  • Buena Vista, 31 students, May 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Howbert, 38 students, May 23 at 9 a.m.
  • Ivywild, 24 students. No formal ceremony.
  • Jackson, 35 students, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Midland, 23 students, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Tesla (dinner & ceremony).
  • Pike, 20 students, May 22 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Whittier, 32 students, May 23 at 9 a.m.

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