Monday, May 21, 2018

8th Grade Promotion - On to High School!

This morning was Parker's last day of 8th grade. 

For comparison, the picture on the left is the first day of middle school in 2015 vs today! 

Carver Middle School held their 8th grade Promotion Ceremony in the gymnasium at school. They really did a great job with the organization and the whole ceremony today. 

Processing into the gym. 

The current principal Mrs. Kelley-Truitt, introducing the former retired principal, Mrs. Cunningham, who came back to share a few words with the students. 

Parker received the President's Award for Academic Achievement for having maintained a 3.5 GPA and getting a 4 on both of his FSA tests.

Parker also received an award from his Culinary teacher Mrs. May for passing the Food Safety Service Professionals Exam earlier this year.

Here he is with his promotion certificate and pin! 

One final chance for all the graduates to share their Raider Nation pledge together. 

Parker with Lexie and Bellamy - friends from church and band. There were 9 kids total from our church who graduated today - we just couldn't find everyone in the crush of people afterwards. 

Parker with one of his favorite teachers, Mrs Morton (History) 

Proud parents! 

So happy that Grandmommy and Grandaddy could come up to share in Parker's special day. 

We went to lunch in The Villages at VKI Japanese Steakhouse. 

Bella was super glad to see Grandmommy and Granddaddy too! 

Congratulations Parker! Next stop Leesburg High School! 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Band Picnic

Because of all the forecasted rain for the weekend, the annual End-Of-Year Band Picnic was moved from Lake Griffin State Park to the school cafeteria. Still lots of great food and people to hang out with. And Parker received his certificate and medal for participating in three years of Band.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


The Cokesbury catalog came this week and it was super interesting in our house. While my name is not listed on this book cover (just the editors), one of my devotionals will be published inside this volume. Coming this September!!!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Focus Mentors

Over the spring semester Daryl has volunteered every Tuesday afternoon as a FOCUS mentor for 4th grade boys at Fruitland Park Elementary, along with several other gentlemen from our church. 

Last week, the mentors along with all of the other volunteers at FPE for the year, were celebrated with a special Hawaiian themed appreciation breakfast. Even the school hours came out to sing. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Last Band Concert

Tuesday night was also Parker's very last band concert of middle school. He played one piece from the MPA Band, which competed at a recent competition, and two pieces with the Concert Band. And then one last song with just the graduating 8th graders who had played all three years of band - they played Mission Impossible that they had played way back in sixth grade at their first concert together. 

MPA Band  - Song of Hope 

Regular Concert Band - The Great Locomotive Chase 

And the final piece - just the 8th graders - Mission Impossible 

Band has been a great experience for Parker in middle school, but he is hoping to try out for sports instead at high school next year. Loved seeing you learn and grow over the last three years Parker! Great job!