Shore Road Sixth-Graders Graduate to Grand

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Shore Road School’s sixth-grade class celebrated years of hard work during graduation on June 22 and took a step toward their futures as they prepared to enter Grand Avenue Middle School this fall.

The ceremony, held in John F. Kennedy High School’s auditorium, began with remarks from Principal Patrice Matthews, who said both students and family members should be proud of their hard work and dedication.

Giving a personal touch to the occasion, students Danielle Kacaj and Allie Stern welcomed the graduating class and provided a brief class history.

Musical groups showcased their talents, with the sixth-grade band performing “Imagine” and the sixth-grade orchestra presenting “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

As a lasting memory of their time spent at Shore Road, the class collectively presented their soon-to-be alma mater with a colorful piece of artwork — a “Smiles Are Free” poster board, complete with the handprints of each student, which will be displayed at the school this fall. It was dedicated in memory of former classmate Korri Haimson.

During the ceremony, several honored guests addressed the students and attendees to share congratulations and words of wisdom. Board of Education President Janet Goller spoke to students and parents about the importance of working together, even beyond the elementary level.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph S. Famularo impressed upon the Shining Stars to take the core values learned in the district and hold them close as they move on to middle school.

“Class of 2015, the conclusion of one chapter signifies the beginning of a new one,” Dr. Famularo said. “You are stars, and we are truly proud of you.”