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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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lori January 24, 2013 at 02:52 AM
As a parent of an attending 8th grader... IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE FINALLY REALIZED HOW RIDICULOUS IT WAS TO ONLY ALLOW 2 PEOPLE TO ATTEND ONE OF THE MANY HURDLES IN A CHILDS LIFE! THANK YOU FOR THE CHANGE! :)
Lester Scanland January 24, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Why does it matter where its held? And why wouldnt/shouldnt it be held at the perspective schools? And why is 4 months notice, not enough for the parents? Its not like graduation is tomorrow! Its in May!
Mahdee January 24, 2013 at 09:45 PM
The issues here is that not all school in the Height have a gym that will hold the numbers or even look nice.. You can take a school like Kennedy, where the gym is not big at all and it looks like a dump.. Now; this was some way of saving money on the board part. I have been told that the High School graduation this year might not be at Bloom High School; however somewhere else; as it will also save money and time.. The board is saying that they want and need to save money; however they go off and spend money on things that waste more but they still want more in taxes.
EvaM January 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM
In the past few years, I have had two children graduate from Roosevelt and the graduation was held at Bloom. I have never seen parents act like such complete idiots. I couldn't believe how disrespectful some of these people were. They had no regard for anyone's kid but their own. I would fully support the ceremonies being held at the respective schools if I still had a kid there.
Michael Bowman January 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I agree with you Mahdee, They save money but spend it on some other senseless project. And all the schools are not as nice as Blooms auditorium, At keast at Bloom all of the graduating classes are done at one time in a nice environment and comfortable seats. And for them to use the excuse that. "Parents/family memebers scream and shout when thier childs name is called" UMMMM, NO ONE SAYS HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE WHEN THEY ANNOUNCE THE BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER OFFICIALS AND THATS WHEN IT SHOULD BE DEAD SILENT...... The school board made this decision during a "CLOSED DOOR" session. Why weren't the parents allowed to voice thier opinions? Why weren't the parents even informed about the meeting that was taking place? IS THE VOICE OF THE PARENTS UN-IMPORTANT?
Michael Bowman January 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM
@ Lori: Due to the sizes of the gym, they may not allow 2 people to attend and at Bloom the auditorium is almost packed during the graduation. They have security, and its a well ochestrated event. Now they will have to perhaps hold several graduations at several diffrent times and in several diffrent locations
Michael Bowman January 25, 2013 at 02:03 AM
ITS GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING HOW THIS PLAYS OUT THIS YEAR
Michael Bowman January 25, 2013 at 02:04 AM
WHETHER THE CEREMONIES ARE HELD AT BLOOM OR THEIR PERSPECTIVE SCHOOLS, THE PARENTS ARE GOING TO YELL AND SCREAM OUT OF EXCITEMENT FOR THIER CHILD
Michael Bowman January 25, 2013 at 02:07 AM
I AGREE WITH YOU Mahdee, BLOOMS AUDITORIUM IS MUCH NICER AND THEY HAVE SECURITY AT THE GRADUATING CEREMONIES. AND THE BOARD DOES CUT EVENT TO PERHAPS SAVE MONEY, ONLY TO SPEND (WASTE) IT FRIVOLOUSLY ON SOME OTHER PROJECT.
Michael Bowman January 25, 2013 at 02:11 AM
THE GRADUATION IS IN MAY, AND THE DECISION WAS MADE DURING A CLOSED DOOR SESSION/MEETING AND ONLY A FEW PARENTS WERE/ARE MADE AWARE OF IT. ONE PARENT HAD NO CLUE UNTIL SHE READ MY POST ON FACEBOOK AND ASKED HER CHILD ABOUT IT AND THE CHILD REPLIED, "THE TEACHER JUST "TOLD" US TODAY. SOME SCHOOLS SENT THIER STUDENTS HOME WITH WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF THE CHANGE AND OTHER SCHOOLS DIDNT EVEN BOTHER TO INFORM THE STUDENTS OR PARENTS...... THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE NOTIFICATION METHODS OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. IF I WE A PARENT AND HAD A CHILD ATTENDING ONE OF THOSE SCHOOLS, "I WOULD WANT TO KNOW" IMMEDIATELY TO PERHAPS VOICE MY OPINION TO THE SCHOOL BOARD REGARDING THIER DECISION
Michael Bowman January 25, 2013 at 02:13 AM
I BELIEVE THAT ONLY ALLOWING 2 PEOPLE TO ATTEND SUCH A MILESTONE IN A CHILDS LIFE IS REDICULUS ALSO. WHEN WE GRADUATED, THE ENTIRE FAMILY COULD ATTEND (AND BROUGHT LAWN CHAIRS IF NECESSARY).....LOL
Tom January 25, 2013 at 03:38 AM
When I graduated from 8th grade and from high school here in the south suburbs, our ceremonies were held outside on the grass. As far as parents and family screaming out or hollering, the crowds were TOLD to hold their applause and cheers until the completion of the ceremony. As far as I'm concerned to do anything less than this does nothing but show ignorance and disrespect for the students and people attending the graduation.
Andrew January 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Since when have they only had two people attend their child's 8th grade graduation. I've graduated in 2004 and they allowed 3 people at the time.
vanessa logan January 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Those are the appropriate questions that need to be answered. Why so hush hush! What's really up. Every parent should have had the right to be heard if they so desired and have been notified properly. If yall don't stand up now, it will only get worse. What's the next step?
vanessa logan January 25, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Apparently, grandparents are not allowed to attend or just one of them. Utterly ridiculous. Its been almost 40 years since I graduated, however, when I graduated from Washington Jr. High School, there were at least 5 of my family members in attendance. It seems like they are scare of what will happen with too many people in attendance at BLOOM or they have had problems that have not been disclosed to you all. There is obviously something they do not want to share if there was a closed session along with not wanting your input!
Bridgett Exton-Stewart January 25, 2013 at 11:45 PM
If the board would get a parent liaison on the board, this person could inform the parents of what's going on in the meetings. They should also have a graduation committee to plan early enough in order to avoid any problems.
vanessa logan January 26, 2013 at 06:29 AM
Bridgett, those are very good suggestions. Hope everything works out. Keep me posted. Thanks!
Tom January 26, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Bridgett and vanessa, If you and the others showing all of this indignation worked as hard to improve the EDUCATION of the students as you do over the graduation things would be a lot better. I can't believe you want parent liasons over things of this MINOR importance but not a word about the quality of education. This is what is wrong with the system, people like you turning away from a real issue to something that isn't the least bit important in the education of the students. Give me a break and don't bother posting again until you get your priorities straight.
vanessa logan January 26, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Tom, your the ignorant one. Obviously, you don't have a clue. Please read carefully and maybe your little pea brain might be able to absorb the conversation. The Liaison would be able to share a lot of other problems, but right now, this is the only one shared on the Chicago Patch which I just joined. It is people like you that should learn when to speak and when to shut the hell up with stupidity. If a problem of education was before us, we would share ways to improve and not critize people trying to offer suggestions to improve. Get some rest and you can write something more positive. Additionally, I will not be answering anymore of your nonsense. Learn how to talk to another adult, please.......
Gammie January 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM
It's "respective" schools, not 'perspective'.
Linda A. January 28, 2013 at 04:37 PM
As a parent of a 7th grader in the 170 district, who has been through a 170 8th grade graduation with one of my other kids, I am elated that the change has been made. I understand concerns about not sharing or allowing input from the community, but to be honest it seems like parents in our district have allowed school boards to be used to making "closed session" decisions for quite some time, so this is what they're used to. School Boards who have never been challenged are going to continue paving their own paths. Do we have a new wave of parents that finally care? From these posts it seems like a possibility.... Also, I understand the whole "out of excitement for your kid thing" but to be honest, some of these parents acted like this would be the ONLY time they were going to see their kids in a cap and gown (cough, cough). The Bloom auditorium is a nice setting (having all the schools their makes it a tad long), I just wish the enforcement of "save your applause" was really enforced, or maybe have an announcer who's timing is geared around applause so everyone can hear their childs name.
mr lahey January 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM
a whole lot of these parents show little interest in their kids schooling until the end of grade school...they cant show up and yell and now they're interested? please... if you don't believe how out of control this is i dare you to go to one of these graduations..they just want to shout like mr. bowman .. lets not even talk about how the do at the next level
Tom February 01, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Vanessa, there have been several discussions about education and the seeming indifference by the parents, ( simply put they figure they have done their part by giving birth and now it's up to the teachers and school boards to raise them and teach them proper values). Apparently you saw fit not to involve yourself in those discussions though. I guess that if the parents don't know how to act and react in a public ceremony that we really can't expect anything better from their offspring. As far as your reference that I should learn how to comunicate as an adult, I dare you to go back and reread what you wrote, do your mommy and daddy know you are writing to the Patch?
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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