Eighth-grade students at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools officially marked the end of their middle school careers and the transition into high school during moving up ceremonies, which were done based on academic teams, on June 13.
Students came into the auditoriums marching to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of parents, family and peers. Graduating seniors from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham high schools served as guest speakers, providing words of encouragement and insight to their younger counterparts as they are about to embark on a similar new journey. Eighth-grade student speakers provided reflections on the past two years in middle school, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. Members of the Board of Education and district’s central administration also offered their congratulations. Additionally, the schools’ vocal groups – the Select Chorus at Grand Avenue and Word of Mouth at Merrick Avenue – provided musical interludes.
Each student made their way across the stages, receiving handshakes from administrators and teachers alike and officially signifying their middle school commencement. Grand Avenue Principal Carlo Conte and Merrick Avenue Principal Dr. Meador Pratt addressed the audiences about the importance of this period in the students’ lives and congratulated them on reaching this critical milestone.
“By now, I hope you feel special in knowing just how many people have invested themselves in your success,” said Mr. Conte. “It was only two short years ago when you walked in those doors as seventh-graders.”
“Students, as you go forward into high school and beyond, I hope that you will chose to maintain your MAMS PRIDE with the integrity that is so critical for your success,” said Dr. Pratt. “Congratulations to all of you on your successes so far at Merrick Avenue Middle School. You deserve to be honored on this day.”