8th Grade Semi-Formals?

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Registered: 03-22-2007
8th Grade Semi-Formals?
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 3:01pm

I was curious if you are having one in your area, I was talking with my sister on the East Coast and several of my nieces will be attending one.

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 1:22pm

Do the NEED to? No. I certainly enjoyed my formal in 8th grade and my eldest enjoyed hers. In our area, the middle schools have dances pretty regularly but they don't allow any slow dances even at the 8th grade formal. This cuts down on the expectation of a "date." Some still go with dates but it's not as big a deal. There are very strict dress codes and those that don't follow are sent home. Our area isn't big on limos in middle school. No one at DD's 8th grade dance came in one. Professionally done hair and nails was pretty rare too. Guys just wore nice slacks, collared shirt and possibly a tie. There were some girls with really fancy dresses but most shopped at Ross or Forever 21 where you could get something nice for 20 to 40 dollars. We know several girls in high school (including mine) that go to the Good Will and get really high quality and lovely dresses for 10 bucks.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 4:59pm
I have heard of more schools having 8th grade formals that do get extremely expensive, homecoming/prom type dresses, hair, nails and limos also. But there are plenty of schools that encourage a dance but are good about keeping expectations down so that kids don't go out and spend a bunch on dresses, etc. ODD's school did not have dances at all, but did have an 8th grade graduation and were encouraged to dress up, but stay within dress code, i.e. no strapless or spaghetti strap dresses. Girls still went out and spend $100ish on dresses, wore shrugs to cover shoulders, etc. I don't know that there is a way to prevent these types of things other than possibly trying to be active in teh school and/or PTA to actively encourage a less dressy dressy with less expectation of these types of things being all about the dates and more about just going and having fun.
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 6:27pm
The eight grade dance is the only dance they have for Jr High kids, everything else is activity nights. The dance is not too formal, girls wear dresses or cute outfit, boys nicer jeans, kackis and a polo shirt. Ds is going this Saturday. It is the mixer for the the Jr Highes that feed into the high school.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 04-17-2012 - 1:12pm

Both of my kids attended their 8th grade semi-formals. DS wore a shirt and tie, and probably sneakers, since that's all he ever wears. DD dressed up a bit more. Very few kids had dates, and this was one of the few dances they say they enjoyed. Some girls did get their hair and nails done, but most did not, and the tickets were, I think, $15.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 04-25-2012 - 11:26am

DS' 8th grade dance was similar to what you described.