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End-of-the year activities planned for 8th grade

End-of-the year activities planned for 8th grade students
Posted on 06/01/2018
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Outlined below are some of the exciting end-of-the year activities planned for our 8th grade students.


8th Grade End-of-Year Trip - Tuesday, June 5th from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm to Splash Kingdom

Students will be visiting Splash Kingdom in Redlands to enjoy the water park attractions for the day.  Signed permission slips are required to attend.  There is no cost to this event.

  • Lunch is included; however, students may want to bring money for snacks

  • All Sierra rules apply and students are responsible for their own belongings

  • Students who plan on using the water park should bring appropriate swim attire

***Please note:  Participation in the 8th grade dance and field trip is a privilege.  Students who violate school rules may be denied participation in these events.


8th Grade Dance - Friday, June 8th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Sierra’s MPR:

This semi-formal dance is a celebration for our 8th grade students.  The theme of the event is “Dancing with the Stars: Hollywood”. Girls cannot wear strapless, low-back or dresses/skirts that are too short; collar shirts/ties are appropriate attire for boys.  Signed permission slips are required to attend.  There is no cost to this event.  There will be a photo booth available for $1.00 per strip.


8th Grade Promotion - Thursday, June 14th at 9:00 am at Sierra Middle School back field

Students who have met the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Promotion Criteria are invited to participate in Sierra Middle School’s 2018 Promotion Ceremony.

  • We will have the ceremony on the Sierra’s athletic field

  • Students should dress nicely, but not too formal.  Girls cannot wear strapless, low-back or dresses/skirts that are too short; collar shirts/ties are appropriate attire for boys.  

  • Students may leave campus with parents immediately after the ceremony.

  • Students who have not met the RUSD Promotion Criteria will not be able to participate in the promotion ceremony and will be notified by their counselor.

  • Horns, or loud noise makers are not allowed at the ceremony


Promotion Ceremony Safety Procedure - As promotion grows ever closer, we wanted to take one more opportunity to remind you that the Riverside Unified School District and Sierra Middle School put student, staff, and visitor safety first and foremost, not only during the school day, but also at special events such as graduation.  This year the District has taken two major steps to enhance and standardize safety and security procedures at all high school graduations and middle school promotions. These steps include:

1.   Increasing and standardizing the number of Riverside Police officers and District security staff present at each middle school promotion and high school graduation

2.   Conducting bag checks for all visitors, similar to checks that take place at amusement parks, major sporting events, and large concerts


We also want to remind you that promotion ceremonies are a special time not only for the students, but also for family and friends gathered in the audience to participate in this major milestone.  Every student is special. Each student’s accomplishment is to be celebrated as their name is read and as they cross the stage. Because the students are the focus, in addition to letting you know about security measures that have been put into place for graduation, we also want to remind you that the following are prohibited at promotion:

  • No – Food or Drinks (unopened water bottles are ok)

  • No – Alcohol or Drugs

  • No – Smoking or Vaping

  • No – Noise Makers

  • No – Ez-ups

  • No – Ice Chests

  • No – Balloons

  • No – Umbrellas

  • No – Signs


Individuals who do not comply with these rules or who pose a safety concern will be asked to leave the school grounds.  Again, promotion is a special time for students, family, friends, and staff. Thank you for being partners with us to make the 2018 promotion ceremony the safe and orderly celebration our students deserve.