Shore Road Graduates Mark a Milestone

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During the school’s annual moving up ceremony, Shore Road sixth-graders celebrated their successes during their primary years of education and now look forward to entering a future of new academic experiences in middle school.

Following a flag salute by Faith Gunn and presenting of the Colors by Nora Eisenstein, Benjamin Iskols, Kylie Matulich and Alana Voncina, Principal Patrice Matthews welcomed the parents, students and staff to the celebration of an important milestone. To the graduates she said, “Embrace this day and think about everything you have accomplished. You have shown us what it means to be shining stars.”    

In his student welcome address, graduate Christopher Prainito encouraged his peers to be thankful. “Although it’s your accomplishment, it is also an achievement of those who have been there for you,” he said. In addition, Marni Hochman compared the lives of her peers to the lives of butterflies who have now broken through their cocoons to fly on to a new academic journey, while Layla Schechner compared life to a book and explained that each student is the author of his or her own story.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph S. Famularo told the students that the graduates have learned the tenets of leadership. “Now is the opportunity for you to inspire others, which will help you develop your core and center as a leader,” he said.
While Board of Education President Jay Breakstone told the parents that they are their child’s best advocate, he also noted to the students that parents will “always have your back.”

The ceremony was punctuated with musical performances by the sixth-grade band and orchestra, as well as a choral selection by the class who sang “Best Day of My Life.”     

Each of the sixth-grade teachers then called the students’ names as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas and to move up to the middle school.