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Old 05-01-2006, 10:36 AM
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I had another thought about the prom thing early in the high school years. At first I did think it was a silly thing. My dd1 didn't go at first to the 7th grade one becasue she was so shy. She complained about the popular people, only they went. She went to the 8th grade one though and saw that everyone can have a good time, that it is not just the rich and famous. She sat out the 9th grade one (same reasons), but went to the 10th grade one and had such a good time again. She recently went to the 11th grade one. A date is not necessary, she just asked a male friend and a female friend to go (bookends!). My dd2 went to her 8th grade one with a group of 5 girls. In fact, our school discourages dates for the dances. And they must check in and check out.

These dances give the students the opportunity to practice being social so that by the time they get to 12th grade, all h*** doesn't break loose!
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:24 PM
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Is your 8th grade high school, I know your year groupings are different to ours but
when the kids leave primary school in gr 7 they have a graduation formal-ish dance and presentation and when they leave high school at the end of year 12 they have a proper formal at a lovely venue (the equivalent to your snr prom) most schools that I know of only do these 2 events, both my boys went to both and loved them, boys are easier to dress due to suits being cheaper.
I went to both of these events when I was in school so I wouldn't deny my boys the fun of it all and honestly you have to trust them at some stage in their life at least this would be a little more controllable, I agree with Melanie pick your battles.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:46 AM
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My daughter also had a formal prom in 6th grade, then again her senior year. The school looks at it this way because they also have a 6th grade graduation , that if the kids do not graduate at least they got a chance to have one .
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:13 AM
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Our middle schools (grades 6-8) do have dances usually at least two times a year. All grades attend. They have a "Spring Gala" and it's not formal so to say but the girls wear a nice summer/Easter type dress, and boys have to wear khakis and a polo type/dress shirt, one or the other. Then Christmas dance of course where it is dressed up a notch. At both of these they serve light snacks and drinks, finger foods, etc. and is held in the gym. It is always well organized, and you sign your child out when they leave. I too think that it is a good way for the kids to connect to their social lives. My "baby" graduates next month and he attended his first prom this year, as he didn't want to go to the Jr. prom... He looked so handsome and grown up and had so much fun. And while it was costly he had a once in a lifetime experience, his senior prom
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