Promotion Information

  • Date & Time
    Harden Middle School Promotion Ceremony
    Wednesday, May 25th
    Rabobank Stadium
    4:30 p.m.

    Seating / Tickets
    No tickets are needed for this venue. For the best seating, come early. To be fair to all families, we ask that you don't save seats for large groups. We don't issue tickets because we want all families (big or small) to come and celebrate this occasion with their Harden Middle School Student.

    Students wear a gown during the promotion ceremony. Gowns can be borrowed. If you would like to purchase a gown, the cost of the gown is approximately $30 (cash only). Students must see the Activities Director. Students have the option to fundraise in order to pay for the gown. One flower lei may be worn during the ceremony. Ribbon, candy, and /or money leis are not allowed. 

    Ceremony Rules
    Balloons, noise makers or other items that may be distracting to others are not permitted in the stadium.



    8th Grade Activities

    Promotion Leis and Bouquets
    Click here to order.
    Orders due Monday, May 9th
    Pick up orders on the day of promotion - Wednesday, May 25th.

    8th Grade Clearance Card VIRTUAL Presentation
    Monday, May 9th
    Students: 10:30 am (during SSR)
    Parents: 5:00 p.m. (check email/text for link) 
    Student Presentation Information: Click here.
    Recording of Student Presentation: Click here to watch.
    Parent Presentation Information: Click here.
    Recording of Parent Presentation: Click here to watch.

    Spring Concert
    Tuesday, May 10th
    HMS Gym
    6:00 p.m.
    Free Entry

    8th Grade Trip
    Friday, May 13th
    Great America
    $55, Pay at the Student Store by April 15th.
    *Arrive by 8:45 a.m., depart at 9, should arrive home by 7:30 p.m. 

    Clearance Cards for Promotion
    Distribution: Monday, May 16th
    Due Date: Thursday, May 19
    *Note: All materials must be turned in, debts paid or arrangements, library books turned in made by due date as well.

    Promotion Dance
    Friday, May 20
    4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Harden Middle School Gym

    **Opportunity: Free Dress Days for Uniform Donations
    Wednesday, May 25th (donate their PE uniform to their PE teacher to receive a FREE DRESS PASS)
    Thursday, May 26th (donate a school uniform to the MPR to receive a FREE DRESS PASS)
    *Note: All other students must where their black and white uniform.

    Promotion Practice
    1st Practice:
    Tuesday, May 24 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
    Harden Middle School
    2nd Practice:
    Wednesday, May 25 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
    Rabobank Stadium, *permission slip must be signed

    Promotion Ceremony
    Wednesday, May 25th
    4:30 p.m.
    Note: Students must be dropped off in their gown by 3:30 p.m.
    *Parents can enter the stadium at 4:00 p.m.

    Minimum Day
    Wednesday, May 25th
    Thursday, May 26th
    Note early start: 8:45 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

    Promotion Certificates
    Thursday, May 26th
    One of their teachers will give it to them.



    Parent donations for food and drinks are needed every year. Please contact the Activities Director if you would like to donate or chaperone. Email or call 796-7300 to leave a message.




    The Salinas Union High School District has established guidelines that are reinforced at Harden Middle School. The following are the requirements regarding participation in the promotion cermony and activities.

     Academic Requirements
    Students must pass ALL 8th Grade classes. No semester “F’s”. Students will be provided an opportunity to remediate failed courses that were earned during the 1st semester only.

    Citizenship Requirements
    Students must demonstrate satisfactory citizenship. No more than 1 “U” on the 3rd quarter report card.
    No more than 1 “U” on the 4th quarter report card. 
    Grades and citizenship are factored as a singular mark for double period classes. Promoting 8th grade students who receive two or more “U’s” during the third grading period will not be permitted to participate in the promotion ceremony. Special consideration may be given to students who demonstrate improvement by receiving no unsatisfactory grades during the fourth quarter. 

    No serious violations of the behavior code during the 4th quarter resulting in a single 5-day suspension or two separate suspensions.

    School Debts
    ALL bills are paid. No outstanding debts for lost or damaged books, chromebooks, fundraisers, etc.

    85% attendance required (8th grade year only)