837 Westside students to move on up
Total for grades 5, 8, 12 is lowest for this part of D-11 in at least 9 years

       Promotion/graduation ceremonies for District 11 students on the Westside are scheduled over the next two-plus weeks.
       The last day of classes will be May 22 for elementaries and May 25 for middle and high schools. The exception is the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning charter, whose K-8 students will stay in school through June 1.
       Coronado High School, the flagship school for the Westside, will graduate 270 students in a ceremony at the World Arena May 22 at 9 a.m. The event will feature performances by the Coronado Orchestra, Shom-ber Choir and Jazz Band 1, with speeches/comments by D-11 Superintendent Dr. Nick Gledich, CHS Princi-pal David Engstrom, Val-edictorian Jenna Humble, Salutatorian Jasmine Kemble, Faculty Speaker Doug Hugill, Board of Education Member Nora Brown, Student Body President Drew MacMillan and Senior Speakers Morgan Harvey and Anna Denning.
       The total number of Westside students moving on from grades 5, 8 and 12 - about 837 - is the lowest in nine years, reflecting overall enrollment levels that District 11 officials have attributed primarily to minimal growth and an older population.
       (Note: The word “about” is used, because at this point some students are still not certain of passing.)
       In 2004, when the Westside Pioneer started recording such data, the total was 1,017. The previous five years have showed 925, 940, 880, 945 and 997 (in 2007).
       Coronado High School's graduate total is 270 this year, compared with 380 in 2004 and these numbers in each of the last five years: 312, 270, 300, 330 and 330 (in 2007).
       Below are listed the ceremony dates for 5th, 8th and 12th graders at the D-11 Westside schools, along with the numbers of students moving on.
       Fifth grade
       Bristol, 890 N. Walnut St. - 43... Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m.
       Buena Vista, 24 W. Pikes Peak - 17... Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m.
       Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St. - 45... Monday, May 21, at 9 a.m.
       Jackson, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave. - 43... Monday, May 21, at 10:15 a.m.
       Midland, 2110 W. Broadway St. - 17... Tuesday, May 22, at 10 a.m.
       West, 25 N. 20th St. - 58... Monday, May 21, at 1 p.m.
       Eighth grade
       AACL, 2510 N. Chestnut St. - 11… Tuesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m.
       Holmes, 2455 Mesa Rd. - 208... Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Coronado gym. (Engstrom will be guest speaker.)
       West, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave. - 105... Friday, May 25 at 9 a.m. (Engstrom will be guest speaker.)
       12th grade
       Bijou Alternative, 2904 W. Kiowa St. - 20... Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Ave.
       Coronado, 1590 W. Filllmore St. - 270... Tuesday, May 22 at 9 a.m. at the World Arena, 3185 Venetuccio Blvd.

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