I was honored to accept, on behalf of the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education, the JLS Middle School 8th grade promotion class of 2014. Principal Sharon Ofek congratulated the students in poetry form, honoring their hard work and thanking the teachers and parents for supporting, inspiring, and preparing students for the next phase of their learning in high school. It was nice to hear 31 students welcome families in 31 different world languages. My colleague, Camille Townsend, reminded students to remember their "ABCs," Always Be Creative, Always Be Colorful, Always Be Communicating." Congratulations graduates!