8th Grade Gift Program
The 8th Grade Gift is a USM tradition, now in its fourth year, in which the families of 8th-grade students come together to sponsor a project that enhances the Middle School in honor of the class's graduation.
Thanks to the generosity of the parents of the Class of 2020, the Middle School lobby (near Head of Middle School Pam Nosbusch's office) received new furnishings, lighting, and paint. The project provided much-needed updates that give the space new use for social gatherings of the Middle School community, including students, parents, faculty, and staff.
This year, in honor of the Class of 2021 and the path they have paved through our Middle School, the 8th-grade staircase will be restored. The 8th grade staircase is reserved for the exclusive use of 8th graders, which is a long-standing and cherished USM tradition that dates back to the 1960's, when the staircase was only for Downer Seminary Senior students. The floor in the Middle School lobby, which is also original to the building, will be re-finished as well.