Middle school students move on up

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Eighth-graders of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools celebrated the conclusion of their past three years with moving up ceremonies on June 22.

As the schools’ vocal jazz ensembles performed, a sea of red gowns assembled to the cheers and praise of families, friends, teachers and administrators.

In his address, Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo encouraged the Class of 2016 to make the right decisions and build upon their experiences in athletics, the arts, music and extracurricular activities as they head to high school.

“As superintendent of schools, I join your families, teachers, friends and administrators in applauding your success,” Mr. Campo said. “We are all proud of you, as you should be proud of yourselves and know your hard work has brought you to this day of recognition. You deserve it.”  

Following his speech, middle school class representatives reflected upon their milestones and memories from the past three years. They also encouraged their fellow graduates to broaden their horizons and expand upon their experiences in school as well as in life.

Officiating his 11th moving up ceremony at the school, Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge spoke fondly of the dedication, perseverance and growth that the Class of 2016 had experienced during their time at Woodland. “The middle school years are some of life’s most memorable moments, and I want you to think about the experiences you’ve gained,” he said. “You’ve grown physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially since your arrival at Woodland in 2013 as sixth-graders. Apply what you have learned here as you head to the next chapter of your lives.”  

At W.T. Clarke Middle School, Principal Stacy Breslin recalled fond memories with the eighth-grade graduates while reminding them to stay consistent. “You have been consistent in your efforts, kindness and generosity over the past three years,” she said. “It is your consistent performance and dependable nature that will bring you continued success as you move forward to the next phase of your life.”   

During the ceremonies, Vanessa Froehlich from Woodland Middle School and Sanjana Ahmed and Abishek Ravindran from W.T. Clarke Middle School were honored with the Superintendent’s Award. This honor is bestowed upon students at the middle school level for their overall academic excellence, good citizenship, leadership qualities and dignified character.    

The district congratulates the middle school graduates on arriving at this prestigious milestone and wishes them continued success as they advance to high school.