I know that a lot of people dislike preschool, elementary, or middle school graduations because they seem to celebrate mediocrity. But, I enjoy them because it is a moment for me to recognize my child's accomplishments thus far and focus in on that child for a few minutes.
I was very proud of Jesikah today, so let me brag on her for a minute. She has always gotten good grades and done her best in school, but she worked especially hard this year. She has had a great, but hard, teacher, and the standards have been raised this year which made it even harder. In preparation for the TCAP writing test, she worked hard and improved a lot in her writing. Through this, she developed a new love for writing. She has been very responsible and always had all her schoolwork done on-time without any help or reminders from me throughout the year and always did a good job too. Even though she's been at 3 different schools in the past three years, she has kept a good attitude and been a friend to everyone.
At graduation, she received the presidental academic award. She also was recognized as the D.A.R.E. essay winner for her class and received a medal. In addition, she was voted the best citizen in her class for the year by her classmates.(she didn't know about this) She was awarded a $50 US savings bond which she was very excited about. She was in art club the first semester and honor choir the second semester this year. She enjoyed both, but she especially enjoyed singing. They sang, "Lean On Me" for graduation, and she loved it. She was also part of Jr. Beta Club. She has accomplished a lot this year, and I'm glad she got the chance to be recognized.
Jesikah graduated from 5th grade on Monday. It was a very nice ceremony with a great slideshow before the program.
Jesikah walking in
Jesikah's teacher calling her name as she is ready to walk out.
Jesikah with her teacher, Mrs. Watson
Jesikah and a friend, Skylar, after graduation
I got a little teary-eyed a couple of times during the ceremony. I don't think I'm ready for this girl to go off to middle school. She has always wanted me to be a part of her school experience and her life. They are growing up all too fast. Even though I don't want her to have to grow up, I do think she is mature enough to handle it and that gives me some solace. I love you Jesikah.