Chicago Heights 8th Grade Graduation No Longer Held at Bloom High School

Eighth grade graduations will no longer be held at Bloom High School. Reason given: because the parents of the kids yell and scream when their names are called during the ceremony......lol, but true

Well the school board has made a decision to not hold the 8th grade graduations for Chicago Heights students at Bloom High School any longer.

They will now be held in the gymnasium of their perspective schools........how you feel 'bout that? 

how can the school board make that decision without informing the parents of the schools? What sad is some parents didn't know about it until they read my post on Facebook. And when they asked their child about it, the child responded, "The teacher just told us today."

No written notification from the school board, no phone calls from the school, just happen to read it on face book and ask their child, "Ohh, by the way, the decision was made during a 'closed door' session/meeting".......lol

With no parental input at all. Why isn't there someone on the school board to represent the parents?

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Susan Finnin Edwards February 04, 2013 at 01:29 PM
We don't have that problem in Steger for our 8th grade graduations. The families are told to withhold their applause until the last name is called and then they can go crazy. If they cheer or yell for their student during the ceremony, they receive a police escort out the door. My daughter graduated from Bloom Trail last year and it was so out of control that I wanted to get up and walk out. Classless.
vanessa logan February 04, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Tom you just rub me the wrong way. Therefore, I just diss what you have to say. I have a life and my life does not exist just waiting for you to reply to something on the PATCH. Fully understanding what other have stated about these graduations, I respect what they have said, however, since I no longer live in the Heights, I will keep my opinions to myself because I don't have those type of problems. While talking to a close friend, he shared that the graduations are out of control. All I was trying to share is that the Board should not be having closed meetings. Is that in their bylaws? And I liked where if a parent hollered at graduation, they were escorted out as should be.
Doug February 06, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Didn't know that graduating from the 8th grade was such a hurdle. Milestone maybe, hurdle?
Doug February 06, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Maybe the Board was trying to avoid the same kind of behavior that has cause them to discontinue the ceremony to begin with.
EducatedMomof3 February 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Is this really a news article? I feel like I just read a note straight out of one of these eighth grader's back packs. I realize you are an online newspaper, but a little proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation would be appreciated.


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