Middle School News
8th Grade River Trip on the Colorado - 2017
Black Canyon/Hoover Dam - November 2016
Grand Canyon Trip - September 2016
8th Grade River Trip - April, 2016
8th Grade Speeches
Uncertainty… Uncertainty and fear. These emotions, among other things, are the first thoughts I had going into Skyview. Unbeknownst to me this would be the place where I shape the next four years of my life. I would never be the person I am today without the guidance, influence, kind atmosphere, and nurturing attitude that Skyview has to offer. I have had so many memories throughout my years at Skyview, it would be nearly impossible to fit four years into a simple speech.
I have had so many memorable moments here at Skyview. However, looking back, the first day of this adventure has forever been etched into my mind. I was greeted with a huge smile… This smile became a part of my Skyview experience and was constantly plastered on Mr. Alex’s face. He showed me around the classroom, how things worked, and reassured me it was going to be ok. Surrounded by ugly yellow-green walls and lots of energy, we sat down in a circle. There were so many different faces, so many different personalities. How would I fit in? But I was accepted with open arms.
Being an expeditionary school, the field trips really embody the true nature of Skyview. Even more than that, some of my more illustrious moments at Skyview were either outdoors or on a field trip-- the 8th grade Grand Canyon trip is one such. It was this trip where I reflected on my time at Skyview, being able to connect with nature and the people I’ve built a connection with was the highlight of that trip. But in my opinion one of the most beautiful moments of that trip was Travertine falls. Climbing back into the canyon and discovering a new world, seemed special... almost as if it belonged to us.
Although some of my most cherished memories take place outside the classroom, I can sincerely say the absolute best thing about Skyview is the community! I have experienced a lot of change in four years, however through it all, no matter how many teachers I've had, each one has accepted me. I want to give a special thanks to Mr. Alex, Miss Kate, and Mr. Scott for being here at Skyview and supporting me from the beginning and will also be with me till my final moments here at this wonderful school. I would also like to thank Miss Kathryn, Miss Lisa, and Miss Bree for stepping into Skyview and being able to teach me and help me progress my skills, whether that's writing, dance, or art. Every single teacher has mentored me and has done something I would never be able to do alone. Teach.
Skyview… I don't believe my experience has come to an end, this speech does not represent me tucking Skyview away and gearing up for new experiences. No. It's quite the opposite: this speech marks the beginning of my Skyview experience. For my time spent here won't end. I'll carry on all I’ve learned, all I’ve experienced, all I’ve loved. The Thursday pizza, random dance parties, Mr. Alex’s smile and Mr. Scott's encouragement, all my success and all my failure. Most importantly I’ll carry on my passion for the Arts and the relationships I’ve built with so many great people.
Uncertainty… Uncertainty and fear is what I feel going into high school, but this time... I’ll be carrying Skyview with me, the whole way.
Picture this, an eighth grade student... fresh out of seventh grade... in a new town and state. She left Orange County, California where she lived for all 14 years of her life. Her school there was great, she had many friends, and her theater family was home. California was her world and she never planned on leaving… In the summer of 2015 she left the Golden State and entered the Grand Canyon State. Prescott was definitely a change, and it was very different from her fast-paced California lifestyle. With no friends, close neighbors, or extended family to hold, she was left feeling crushed. School was her only hope for finding community and building new friendships.
So, off to Skyview I went.
On my first day at Skyview, I was greeted by a girl whose name, I thought, was “Slay”. Slay introduced me to a wonderful group of girls who welcomed me, along with my sister, into their friend group. Shortly after I met them I learned Slay’s name was actually S-o-l-e-i-l.
Time moved on, and before I knew it, the second quarter passed and I had fallen in love with my teachers and had built some amazing relationships with some wonderfully bright kids. They all know how to make me laugh and have all gone out of their way to make sure I know I will always have a shoulder on which to cry. I believe that all of you have helped me to find my place in the Prescott community. And have helped me to let go and understand the past is in the past…
When I say “friends” I also mean my teachers. Ms. Kathryn, even though we might not have sleepovers, and Mr. Alex, even though I haven't know you as long as some of my classmates, I truly believe you, as people, have played a huge role in my new life here in Arizona.
Although, I might not have as many memorizes at Skyview as most my classmates, I know that the ones I do have will be with me forever. Like the time a few of us climbed under the dome and sang, while a couple of us played our ukuleles and I will never...ever forget the moment on a Friday when the sick, dying fish put himself out of his misery by jumping out of his pitcher. And just to top it off, someone, I won’t say who Cough Cough Ms. Kathryn, stepped on him and ended his misery for good...
So now…. Picture this: a girl who is moving onto high school and starting over once again. She is sad to leave Skyview, but knows the memories she has made will always be in the back of her mind to look back on, and the people will always be there to visit. So, here's to the new adventures that are just around the corner. Thank you for everything!
Middle School Journeys Through Time
Rube Goldberg Machines
We designed Rub Goldberg machines using at least 4 of the 6 simple machines detailed during our class lessons.
Skyview School Habitat Program
Starting in 2012, Skyview School was awarded a grant from the Arizona Game & Fish Department's Heritage Fund. This grant not only helped improve the appearance of our campus, but provided a healthy habitat for Arizona's wildlife and natural plants.