Ninth grade students were matriculated and officially welcomed to high school at The Grauer School in a special ceremony at the weekly assembly on Tuesday, September 11. The ceremony began with a special original song performed by 9th graders Sophia H. '22, Abigail M. '22, Mo H. '22, Lucy D. '22 and Sophia C. '22.
The song was followed by an opening speech by Clayton Payne, Dean of Student Support, where he explained the history of the matriculation process and why it's so special at Grauer.
"This Matriculation Ceremony marks your official commencement to the Grauer High School community. Matriculation is an esteemed, traditional ceremony. In the formal English traditions at the universities in Oxford and Cambridge, the term is used for the ceremony at which new students are entered into the register (in Latin, matricula) of the university, at which point they become members of the university. Students wear academic dress and enter in a formal procession. The Grauer School matriculation is less formal, but meaningful to who we are as a community. You are embarking upon perhaps the most memorable, life-changing period of your life: the high school years. The sweatshirts you are about to receive do not just symbolize your enhanced connectivity to the school's community, but they are a mark of our confidence that you will learn this lesson and more as you journey to adulthood.
The Grauer School faculty and administration call upon you to maintain the highest standards for ethics and academic integrity, and we pledge in return to provide you with the full measure of our support. Welcome!"
The Matriculation ceremony continued with a speech by Dr. Stuart Grauer about rites of passage, including Grauer's rite of passage represented by matriculating into high school.
The Matriculation ceremony continued with the "Roster of Matriculates" where Principal Dana Abplanalp-Diggs called each student's name so they could shake hands with Clayton Payne and Dr. Grauer, and receive their gift bags. Each 9th grade student received a special "Grauer Class of 2022" sweatshirt as their matriculation gift. This part of the ceremony was accompanied by beautiful cello music by Zoe-Daphnee L. '20.
Congratulations to our 9th Grade students on their Matriculation into High School! Special thanks to all of the Class of 2022 parents who came to the ceremony to celebrate their student's matriculation.
Congratulations to Mia B. '21 for leading a team of Grauer students, families, and faculty to participate in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Walk on Saturday, November 10. Together, The Grauer School team raised over $2,500 for T1D research.
Twelve Grauer students and 3 teachers traveled to Toronto, Canada to attend the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions, the oldest, largest, and most inclusive global interfaith event, from November 1-7. The event theme was The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.
9th grade students in Health Class went head-to-head with one another as they competed in the 7th Annual Grauer School Cook-Off! Preparing three different dishes and applying a unit's worth of knowledge to their food selection and preparation, the class presented their dishes to a panel of Grauer judges.
Congratulations to Grauer's Middle School Robotics team, the Grauer Gorillegos, for competing in an FLL (First Lego League) Robotics tournament on November 3. The team was incredibly excited to win the 2nd Place "Core Values" award!
Grauer's Visual and Performing Arts Department presented the first Middle School Café Night event of the year on November 1. The evening included musical performances and drama monologues presented by the Music and Theatre departments, and a display of art projects presented by the Visual Arts department.
Grauer's High School ASB presented Spirit Week during the week of October 29 through November 2. Congratulations to the Senior class for winning the Spirit Week competition, and thanks to all of the other grades and the faculty for showing their spirit all week long for this fun competition!
On Saturday, November 3, The Grauer School Surf Team attended the first Scholastic Surf Series contest of the year in Ocean Beach.
Congratulations to Jackie J. '23 for winning The Grauer School's National Geography Bee on Friday, November 1! Jackie will be moving on to the California State Geography Bee round. Congratulations as well to Mac R. '24 for being the second place runner-up.
Grauer 9th graders went on a field trip to see Julius Caesar at The Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. The week before, an actor from The Old Globe came to Grauer's campus to lead the students in a workshop, creating tableaux representing key scenes from the play.
Students in 9th Grade Biology class gave Evolution Research presentations this week about the evolution of an organism or trait they had chosen to research. Students researched theories about how the organism evolved and the support for each theory.