Middle School Awaits

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Fifth-graders from Cornwell Avenue and George Washington elementary schools culminated their experiences in their respective schools with moving up exercises on June 21. The celebratory ceremonies included musical performances, presentations of distinguished awards and words of wisdom from administrators as the Class of 2017 proceeds to middle school.

At their commencement ceremonies, the graduates were lauded by parents, central administrators, Board of Education members, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and faculty for their five years of academic achievements.

Opening the festivities, fifth-graders performed songs reminiscing about their shared learning experiences, laughter and memories over the years as well as the anticipated excitement for their next adventure.   

Cornwell Avenue Principal Deanna Sinito commended the Class of 2017 for their remarkable accomplishments and encouraged them to use the lessons they’ve learned at Cornwell throughout their life journey.

“To be successful in this world you have to learn to navigate the unexpected,” she said. “You have so much to offer and it is my deepest wish that you use the gifts you’ve been given and continue to grow to make your positive mark on this world.”  

At George Washington Elementary School, Principal Michelle Notti offered words of advice inspiring the students to succeed in middle school.

“As you move on to middle school, please continue to build on your repertoire of knowledge, strive for excellence and take advantage of every opportunity,” Mrs. Notti said. “Like the great thinker Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.’”

A highlight of both of the ceremonies was the presentation of awards including subject area, character and Presidential Awards for Educational Excellence, which are bestowed upon students who demonstrate outstanding academic growth and excellence, achieve highly on the New York State reading and mathematics assessments, and continuously improve in all subject areas.

Cornwell Avenue’s and George Washington’s moving up ceremonies served not only as celebrations of students’ accomplishments thus far, but also precursors to the continuation of their academic careers at West Hempstead Middle School.

For more pictures visit Cornwell Avenue’s and George Washington’s pages for a slideshow of each moving up ceremony.