8th Grade Promotion Letter and Details
Letter must be signed and returned to school front office by May 7, 2018.

Promotion Letter (English)
Promotion Letter (Spanish)

8th Grade Gown Distribution: May 25, 2018 Students will receive their promotion gown on this day. Students are expected to take them home to hang up over the weekend to remove wrinkles. Gowns are not required for the promotion rehearsal.

8th Grade Dance: May 25, 2018

The 8th grade dance will be held in the ZCMS gym from 6:00-8:00 PM. Students will be dismissed on this day at 1:20 pm in order to get ready for the dance. Students should arrive promptly to the dance and will not be able to enter the dance after 6:30 pm. Students will not be allowed to exit the dance prior to 8:00 pm and must be promptly picked up following the event.

Appropriate for the school dance attire is listed below. If a student is found to be in violation of the dress code, a parent will be called to pick up the child or bring appropriate attire to change.

  • Clothing and jewelry must be free from obscene, profane, dangerous, and drug/alcohol related messages
  • Shorts, skorts, or skirts including slits, must be at mid-length and/or with arms extended, fingertips must touch shorts, skorts, and skirts
  • Shirts with bare midriffs, see-through garments, bare backs, halter tops, low-cut tops and tank tops are inappropriate. All shirts must cover the shoulders.
  • Clothing must be worn in the appropriate manner (ex: pants above the hips, no undergarments exposed)
  • Jeans may not have holes on the upper thigh or buttocks
  • Shirts or blouses must not reveal bras, bra straps, or camisole
  • Dresses or tops with spaghetti straps are not permitted. Straps must be at least 3 fingers in width
  • No wallet chains, sharp objects, safety pins, sewing needles, etc.
  • Students shall not wear clothing or footwear deemed unsafe
  • Students shall not wear hats, hoods, or bandanas, except for medical or religious reasons

8th Grade Promotion Rehearsal, Awards Ceremony and Early Dismissal - May 29, 2018

The 8th grade promotion rehearsal will be May 29th at ZCMS at 8:20 am. It is imperative students are ON TIME to school this day. At 10:00 am following the rehearsal, we will hold our 8th Grade Awards Ceremony in the ZCMS gym. Parents are welcome to attend the event. Students will be dismissed early at 1:20 p.m. in order to have time to get ready for the ceremony.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - May 29, 2018

Your promotion ceremony is scheduled for, at 5:00 p.m. at Zion Benton Township High School.  It is a formal ceremony to honor you, the student, for completing all of the promotion requirements and a privilege established by the Zion Elementary School District 6 Board of Education. Each student will be provided 4 guest tickets. If families do not need all 4 tickets, we ask that you return the excess tickets to the front office so that larger families may request additional tickets on a first come first basis.

Participation is contingent on your successful completion of the required credits and your adherence to all school regulations, procedures, and policies for student behavior and attendance, and the behavior expectations outlined in the Promotion Letter above. Please make every effort to ensure that you make progress towards your promotion requirements and that you help us maintain the proper learning environment.

8th Grade Promotion Items and Costs

ZCMS will be providing all students an autograph book as a commemorative keepsake. Autograph books will be distributed to all 8th grade students during homeroom on or before May 23rd.  

Students are responsible for payment of their gowns, diploma and cover. The costs are identified below.

Gown (mandatory): $16.00

Diploma and Cover (optional): $12.50

Payment Options

This year, three forms of payment are available to purchase a gown, diploma and cover; cash, money order or credit card.

Cash/Money Orders:

  • Make money orders payable to ZCMS; no personal checks will be accepted. Cash/Money orders should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name to Mrs. Herriman in Student Services.

Credit Card Orders via RevTrak (Open starting April 27th):

  • Visit the ZCMS website. Select online payments, then select ZCMS from the SHOP dropdown menu in the top corner.

Payment due by 5:00 pm, May 24th. If payment is not received on or before this date your child will not be issued a gown.  If you have any concerns please contact Suzy Peterson, Principal. If your child has a brother or sister’s gown from the past few years (maroon one not red) they may use it so the cost of an additional gown is not incurred.  Please call 847-746-1431 if you have questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Money will be returned to you if your child does not meet promotion requirements.


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