Important Information for 8th Grade Students and Families

Important Information for 8th Grade Students and Families
Posted on 05/23/2017

Dear Putnam Ave. 8th Grade Students and Families,
The end of 8th grade is only weeks away! We are very excited and will be very busy getting ready for our end-of-year activities. Below are some important reminders for students and families:

Cap & Gowns

All students have been measured for their caps and gowns. There is a cost of $20 per student that is due Friday, May 26th. Students must return all books (classroom and library) and have a $0 balance with food services in order to receive a cap and gown.


Portfolio presentations will be held from June 1st - 9th. All students have been given their assigned presentation day and time. Please check with your student or your student’s advisor for more information. Students should have all of the written components completed by Wednesday, May 24th. We will spend time that week putting all of the pieces together and practicing for presentations.

Red Sox Game

We still have tickets available for the Red Sox game on Tuesday, June 12th. The cost per ticket is $20. Because space is limited, permission slips will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Permission slips and money need to be turned in by May 31st.

Awards Ceremony

We will have an 8th Grade Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 14th at 2:15PM in the auditorium. All families are welcome to attend.


The Putnam Avenue Upper School Graduation will be on Friday, June 16th at 2PM. This is an early release day for all 6th-8th grade students with a 12Noon dismissal. Students should arrive at school no later than 1PM. Doors will open to guests at 1:30PM. Due to the large class size and limited space in the auditorium, each student will be given four tickets for the graduation ceremony. All persons over two years old attending the ceremony will need a ticket. Requests for additional tickets must be in writing and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating in the auditorium is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Six Flags

The 8th grade class will go to Six Flags on Wednesday, June 21st. We have been able to get the cost down to $25 per student. Because we need to pre-order the tickets, permission slips and money must be turned in by May 31st.

Other Upcoming Trips and Events

  • Friday, May 26th - Science Showcase at Harvard University 
  • Wednesday, May 31st - Rowing at Cambridge Boathouse
  • Thursday, June 15th - Nine Who Dared performance at the John Quincy Adams Courthouse

As a reminder, in order to be eligible for participation in end-of-the-year activities students must meet the following requirements: 

  • Students are expected to successfully complete an 8th grade portfolio.
  • All Putnam Avenue Upper School students are expected to abide by the school rules as outlined in the Cambridge Public Schools Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and the Putnam Avenue Upper School Student Handbook.
  • School administration reserves the right to exclude any student who is deemed to be a safety concern.

All payments can be submitted as cash or check, payable to Putnam Avenue Upper School.


The 8th Grade Team