One Chapter Ends and Another Begins for LVCSD Students

Collage of Moving-Up Ceremonies

The district’s fifth-graders and eighth-graders celebrated their accomplishments and officially advanced to middle school and high school during touching moving up ceremonies held during the last week of school. Family, friends, teachers, administratorsand Board of Education members joined together to mark the occasion with speeches that praised their success and offered advice for the next chapters in their education.

At Locust Valley Middle School, the moving up ceremony honored the hard work and dedication of the entire eighth-grade class, who were dressed in green graduation gowns to mark the formal occasion. Board of Education Vice President Kerian Carlstrom addressed the eighth-graders and their guests with inspirational words, while class officers shared their memories of their middle school years. The ceremony also focused on how well prepared the students are to enter high school, thanks to their hard work and the support of faculty, staff and their parents. The eighth-grade select chorus and the seventh-grade band brought musical energy to the ceremony with their performances.

Bayville Intermediate School fifth-graders received praise from Board of Education trustee Sarah Henris, who encouraged them to be all they can be in middle school. The graduates performed multiple songs for their guests, including a song written about Bayville 125 years ago. Bayville Elementary School Principal Scott McElhiney and Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus each told the children how much they would be missed and how much they enjoyed having them in their schools. 

Locust Valley Intermediate School graduates smiled through their fifth-grade moving up ceremony, which included musical numbers and speakers that shared their pride in the students for their incredible growth throughout their six years of elementary school. Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan, a graduate of Locust Valley Intermediate School himself, said he knew firsthand that the faculty had prepared them well for middle school and beyond. Locust Valley Elementary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary and Assistant Principal Amy Watson both spoke at the ceremony, sharing advice for the future.

At both intermediate schools, children rang the bells signifying the number of years they had been there. This tradition is included in the moving up ceremonies each year. 

Congratulations and good luck to all of the students that moved up!