Hayley’s 8th Grade Promotion

Hayley is done with middle school! Thursday evening Hayley was promoted from 8th grade into Thornton Academy at a ceremony held in the Thornton Academy gymnasium. There was a dance following at the Saco Parks & Recreation facility.

I took Hayley to see Cassie Shaw to get her very long hair trimmed Wednesday afternoon. Cassie is amazing, and it was fun for Hayley to get her hair shampooed, combed, blow dried, and straightened. I enjoyed being with her and talking to Cassie. Being an active dad is my favorite role!

We had a small promotion celebration at the loft before taking Hayley to the ceremony. Tonya and the girls prepared chicken salads and got balloons to decorate Hayley’s chair. Skye put together a creative scavenger hunt that Hayley enjoyed.

After dinner Tonya gave Hayley some nice Thornton Academy swag.

The entire ceremony lasted about an hour. We had good seats near the aisle where the promotees walked after the ceremony. Tonya gave Hayley a high-five as she passed.

Hayley reported having a fun time at the dance. She spent the night at a friend’s house after.

I’m excited to have Hayley move on to high school, where she will flourish. She’s excited to be out of middle school and all its myriad frustrations. I’m glad her school will be closer and that she’ll go with Jenna. My children are all growing up and moving on; I’m excited to witness and be part of their individual journeys.

Cassie combed out Hayley’s long locks before giving them a trim and blowdry.
Cassie blows out Hayley’s hair.
Hayley got her hair trimmed, blow dried, and straightened.
Jenna and Skye
Tonya got Hayley Thornton Academy swag for her 8th grade promotion
Hayley and Tonya hug after Hayley opened the gifts Tonya gave to her for promotion.
Skye does Hayley’s hair while Jenna looks at old yearbooks.
Jenna and Skye work in tandem to style Hayley’s hair and do her make-up for 8th grade promotion.
Jenna curls Hayley’s hair
Tonya screws gems into Hayley’s braid crown.
Hayley is all ready for her 8th grade promotion.
Everybody worked to give Hayley a beautiful bejeweled braid crown for her 8th grade promotion ceremony and dance.
Tonya applies final touches to Hayley’s hair before the ceremony
Hayley is officially done with middle school, after receiving her certificate.
Tonya gives Hayley a high-five after receiving her certificate.
Hayley with the flower bouquet Tonya gave to her.
I’m so proud of Hayley. My youngest kid is now in high school!
In our family, everything is a team effort. Hayley is fortunate to have two incredible older sisters.
Hayley and Tonya at Hayley’s 8th grade promotion.
Skye was very proud of her little sister promoting from 8th grade.
Jenna is glad her younger sister will be joining her at Thornton Academy next year.

2 thoughts on “Hayley’s 8th Grade Promotion”

  1. Sweet post, Brent! I’m so happy for Hayley and excited about her future at TA. Thank you for sharing.

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