Hundreds of bright-eyed sixth-grade students at Shore Road School proved their readiness for the anticipated move to Grand Avenue Middle School during the District’s annual graduation ceremony. Board of Education members, administrators, parents, and invited guests proudly attended the graduation of the Shining Stars as the students were rewarded for their six years of hard work.

Offering advice to the sixth graders who are making the transition to the middle school, retiring Principal Christine Augusto remarked, “Adjusting to a new school is not always easy at first, but we are confident that you will quickly adapt to your environment and try your best to meet your own, and your teachers’, expectations. You must believe in yourself, put time and effort into your studies, and have confidence in your ability to succeed. When you are focused and determined, anything is possible…seize the day, and always put your best foot forward.”

The graduates also received words of wisdom from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, Board of Education President Jay L. T. Breakstone, and PTA Co-Presidents Kim Goldberg and Barbara Haimson.

During the ceremony, audience members were treated to musical performances by the sixth-grade band and orchestra, while the entire sixth grade sang Miley Cyrus’s “Wherever I Go.” The audience was also treated to a special performance of “Shore Road State of Mind,” set to the music of Jay-Z’s “New York State of Mind.” Juliette Kealy and Jillian Rossi wrote the song.

Following the presentation of diplomas, the newly-appointed elementary school graduates gathered with parents, family members, and friends to take time and rejoice in their accomplishments. Congratulations to the graduates; in the words of Dr. Famularo, “Remember, you will always be Bellmore Stars.”