8th Grade Events

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We look forward to celebrating our 8th grade students as they transition from middle school into high school! We have several special events planned to commemorate this milestone in their lives. Please review the following information, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thursday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.

8th Grade Confirmation Mass

Our Lady of the Lake

(Information for confirmands and their families has been sent.)

Questions? Contact: Alleyxa Heisserer (alleyxa.heisserer@popeprep.org)

May 17 - May 19

8th Grade Exam Dates

Students will be taking exams so that they are complete before they leave for the 8th grade trip. Therefore, their exams begin a day earlier than the rest of the students.

Wednesday, May 17

Science and English Exams

Thursday, May 18

Math and World Language Exams (early dismissal)

Friday, May 19

Theology and Social Studies Exams (early dismissal)

Questions? Contact: Kate Kennedy (kate.kennedy@popeprep.org)

Wednesday, May 17 

8th Grade Mass and Celebration

Between Exams

8th Grade Mass

10:45 - 11:35 a.m., Auditorium

Parents of 8th grade students are invited to attend a special Mass for the 8th grade students. 8th grade students are invited to wear their “Sunday best” to school on this day. (Dress code rules apply for dress/skirt length, and no bare shoulders are permitted. Boys may wear a tie and jacket, but it is not required.) Parents who attend Mass should park in the student parking lot and enter through the doors near the Pope John Paul II statue. 

Questions? Contact: Kate Kennedy (kate.kennedy@popeprep.org)


8th Grade Celebration and Picnic

During lunch (outside if weather permits)

After Mass, parents will depart, and 8th grade students will be treated to a celebration lunch with their classmates. 

Saturday, May 20,

8th Grade Mass, Pizza, and Games

5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Chapel and Courtyard

Because students attending the 8th-grade trip will not be able to attend Mass on Sunday, Father Ohanaka will offer Mass on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. in Pope's Chapel. After Mass, we will have pizza and time for games in the courtyard. Pickup will be from 7:00-7:15 p.m. ALL 8th graders are invited and encouraged to join us. Please RSVP here by Friday, May 19.

Questions? Contact: Jaime Rochester (jaime.rochester@popeprep.org)

Sunday, May 21 - Monday, May 22

8th Grade Trip to Atlanta

Please see specific information about the trip below.

Questions? Contact: Jamie Rochester (jaime.rochester@popeprep.org)

Tuesday, May 23

8th Grade Graduation and Honors Night

5:30 p.m. –  Students meet in the Chapel for a class photo. Please be on time!

6:00 p.m. –  The program begins in the Auditorium.

A dessert reception will follow the program.

Dress is “Sunday best” for this event. 

Students will receive a print of the class photo as a gift from Pope Prep.

Questions? Contact: Kate Kennedy (kate.kennedy@popeprep.org)


8th Grade Trip Information

8th Grade Trip Schedule

Sunday, May 21, 2023

4:00 a.m. Busses arrive for loading at Pope Prep

4:30 a.m. CT Coach departs!

11:15 a.m. Varsity Diner for lunch (at your expense)


6:30 p.m. Dinner

9:00 p.m. Return to the hotel - lights out

Monday, May 22, 2023

8:00 a.m. Hotel breakfast


11:00 a.m. Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe

3:30 p.m. Depart for Adairsville, GA

5:00 p.m. Buc-ees for restroom stop and dinner (at your expense)

9:30 p.m. CT Coach approximate arrival time at Pope Prep 

While we are leaving early on Sunday and returning late on Monday, we hope students will sleep some on the bus! Students will not need to come to school on Tuesday unless making up an exam, so they can sleep in and have the day to get ready for 8th-grade graduation that evening. Please contact Jaime Rochester (jaime.rochester@popeprep.org) with any questions or concerns.

8th Grade Trip Packing List


  • Comfortable clothing for riding the bus and exploring the city
    • Clothes MUST be school appropriate!
    • No midriff, running shorts, tank tops, or tennis skirts
    • With leggings, must wear a long shirt that covers everything
    • Prepare for different kinds of weather
  • Comfortable shoes for walking around
  • Appropriate pajamas
  • Raincoat
  • Toiletries
    • Shower essentials
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Medications -
    • MUST give these to Ms. Rochester BEFORE departure
    • Label with student name and place in original packaging or a picture of the packaging/dosage in a Ziplock bag
      • First aid kit will be carried with Ms. Rochester
  • Spending Money - PLUS enough for two fast-food meals
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks for the road


  • Gaming consoles or other expensive electronics
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Wads of cash

Questions? Contact: Jamie Rochester (jaime.rochester@popeprep.org)