Lynbrook Fifth Graders Move Up to Middle School

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It was a joyous day in Lynbrook on June 23, as fifth graders from Marion Street, West End and Waverly Park elementary schools marked their moving up ceremonies.

First, Marion Street Elementary School fifth graders processed onto the football field while friends and family in the stands looked on. Fifth-grade Student Council President Rhys Murphy and Vice President Kaydie Fine presented class addresses.

Before each students’ name was read, students sang “Firework” by Katy Perry. Principal Theresa Macchia reflected on what the students have overcome, and how they are ready to move forward.

“This year, we entered the school year ready to rise up and prepare for whatever may come our way,” she said. “Again, we’ll work together to soar over obstacles and challenges to achieve our goals.”

Next, Waverly Park Elementary School fifth graders gathered on the school’s blacktop for their ceremony. Student Council President Ryan Bowes and Secretary Kylie Park congratulated their peers, and Principal Allison Banhazl discussed the picture book “The Path” by Bob Staake and how students’ journeys in life may not always be smooth.

“’The Path will surprise you, as it twists into two different directions,’” she quoted. “Yes, Waverly Wonders, the path you are about to embark upon is not only challenging and beautiful, but also your own to create. Myself and your Waverly teachers know you are prepared for the journey.”

West End Elementary School fifth graders enjoyed their ceremony in the Lynbrook High School gymnasium. Student Council President Ceciley Bertolini offered words of advice to her peers, and Principal Leah Murray commended students on their many triumphs throughout elementary school.

“You have worked so hard and have so many accomplishments from your time at West End,” she said. “When your years at West End are long gone behind you, remember that you can be the change or the difference no matter how big or small.”

Date Added: 6/27/2022