Friday, 22 June 2012

Eight Grade Graduation

I did it!  We did it!  Tyler did it!  He successfully completed elementary and middle school and will begin high school in the September.  I officially have a child in high school.  WOW!  I've been thinking back over Tyler's "educational career" and what a ride it has been . . .


Tyler began Kindergarten at Kyiv International School in Ukraine.  He missed the first week of school because we were still in the process of moving from D.C. to Kyiv.  How strange it felt to be sending my baby off to school for the first time in a foreign country.


We were still in Ukraine . . . still at KIS.  Tyler was learning to read/write in both English and Russian.  He was in a split 1st/2nd grade class.  The memory that stands out the most is not showing up for his end-of-the year Russian play because I didn't understand the note from the teacher.  I felt terrible about it.


A new year, a new school.  We moved to Manila, Philippines and Tyler began 2nd Grade at Brent International School.  Brent is truly one of the most amazing schools I have ever seen.  Tyler loved it and still begs to return.  One of my favorite 2nd grade memories is the 2nd Grade Bazaar.  We made tons of homemade playdough for Tyler to sell.  When it was all said and done, Tyler made the most profit in his class.  I'll never forget the smile on his face as he counted all his money.


Tyler also enjoyed his 3rd grade year at Brent.  Favorite "proud mom" moment?  Watching Tyler perform the role of Joseph in the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.


Tyler attended fourth grade at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington.  It was great to be back in the U.S.A.  He had a great year - and especially enjoyed working on his "moon crater" science experiment with his dad. 


Hola Mexico!  Tyler attended 5th grade at Instituto San Roberto in Monterrey, Mexico.  He had classes in both English and Spanish. By the end of the year, he would be reading, speaking and writing in Spanish.  Que Bueno!


Tyler remained at ISR for his sixth grade year . . . it was during this year that he began competitive swimming.  At the end of the year, the school held the MOST OUTRAGEOUS sixth grade graduation you can imagine. 


Tyler began middle school in Toronto, Canada at a small private school called The Yorkland School / North Toronto Christian School.  He had a great year.  The biggest challenge was learning French alongside students who had studied the language since 2nd grade.  We were so proud at the end year of the year to learn that Tyler had been selected by his teachers for both The History Award and The Nehemiah Award.  So proud!!


What a great year! Tyler won THREE 1st place ribbons and one 2nd place ribbons at the ACSI swim meet.  He won 3rd Place in the school creative writing contest.  He scored in the top 25% in a national math contest!  At graduation, Tyler won the Computer Studies Award & the Bible Studies Award. The most exciting part is that he was awarded the night's top honor - The Spirit of the Apostle Award. We are so proud!!!

Happy Graduation Tyler!! 
We can't wait to see you shine in high school!!!

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