As they completed their elementary school experiences, fifth-graders were celebrated to mark the milestone. The moving-up ceremonies at Bayville and Locust Valley Intermediate Schools were each held outdoors, allowing more family members to attend. These fifth graders must have done something right to bring on the perfect spring evenings for both events, with blue skies, fluffy white clouds and even a slight breeze blowing through.
Students demonstrated their maturity by hosting the ceremonies. They introduced speakers, read poetry and performed musical numbers, bringing smiles to the faces of all in attendance. These impressive students were lauded for their talents and individual traits. Each fifth-grader was recognized for exemplifying an IB Learner Trait and stood as they were announced as being inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced or reflective.
Superintendent of Schools, Kenneth E. Graham, Ed.D. thanked the entire community for their support throughout the year, without which he said we would not have been able to keep school open right from the start. He also talked about the students moving to the middle school. “The transition to sixth grade is one that students might be nervous or uncertain about, as they often are,” he said. “I think that given the adversity that this group of students has faced throughout the course of the school year and the level of greatness that they’ve achieved in that time, and in the face of that adversity, that they will have no problem with the transition to our middle school.”
Board of Education Vice President Margaret Marchand addressed the Bayville Intermediate School families, focusing on the importance of friendship. She shared a quote from Winnie the Pooh, saying, “A friend is one of the best things you can have and one of the best things you can be.” Mrs. Marchand told the fifth graders that friends are always kind to each other and friends always help each other out. “Don’t forget the friends that you made here.” She encouraged them to make new friends in middle school and reminded them a friendly smile is always a good idea.
Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan and trustee Joseph A. Zito, M.D. were speakers at the Locust Valley Intermediate School Ceremony. Mr. Nolan shared that he was also a student at LVI and when he thinks about his time there, it makes him happy. “I can tell you that when I think back on my days as a Locust Valley Intermediate School student, I smile, remembering the excellent teachers I had, the great friends and the awesome experiences that helped prepare me for Locust Valley Middle School.” Dr. Zito expressed his pride in the entire class and wished them success at the middle school.
Principals Scott McElhiney and Kurt Simon, along with Assistant Principals Adam Javidi and Dorothy McManus also shared words of wisdom. At Bayville Intermediate School, Ms. McManus, along with Ms. Carlyn Gordon and Ms. Michelle Weiner were recognized upon their retirements this year.
Each fifth grader was called to the podium for their moving-up certificate before the ceremony concluded and families joined together for refreshments and to share in their pride.
Special thanks to the staff members who worked diligently to coordinate these ceremonies and to the Bayville and Locust Valley Parents’ Councils for their support.
Congratulations to all of our fifth graders and best of luck as Locust Valley Middle School students!