Long Beach Fifth-Graders Move Up


Fifth-grade students from throughout the Long Beach School District all shared a common milestone as they concluded their elementary school experiences, marking the beginning of a new journey into middle school. East, Lido, Lindell and West Schools all held moving up/promotion ceremonies that celebrated years of learning, and many more to come.

Board of Education President Darlene Tangney, Superintendent of Schools David Weiss and Long Beach Middle School Principal Dr. Michele Natali were among the inspiring speakers at each school’s event. They congratulated the students for their achievements, urged them to never give up and shared advice for future success.

“You are the future of Long Beach Middle School,” Dr. Natali said. “I am sure you will continue to thrive.” Mr. Weiss encouraged the incoming sixth-graders to read over the summer and keep their minds active. East School’s students were also treated to congratulatory visit from Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, an alumnus of the district.

In addition to the uplifting remarks and presentation of certificates and diplomas, the ceremonies featured special award presentations to students who have excelled in academics, music, art, community involvement and a number of other areas. New York State Triple-C awards, President’s Awards for Educational Excellence, President’s Awards for Educational Achievement and American Citizenship Awards, Principal’s Awards and PTA Awards were among the many honors that were granted.

Each school’s promotion had a specific theme, represented by decorative banners and entertaining musical performances. East School’s event was dubbed “Friendship is a Wonder” while Lido School’s was “Lido Shines on Broadway.” Lindell School supported the notion to “Dream Big,” and West School focused on “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” Student orators from the four buildings addressed their peers and audience members with speeches that reflected on their own memories and growth. Students also paid tributes to the retiring staff members who have been positive influences on the school experiences of many.

East, Lindell and West Schools’ promotions were held in their respective buildings, while Lido’s took place in the middle school auditorium. The fifth-grade graduates were called up individually to mark the end of one phase and take their first steps into the next.

View highlights from the elementary school promotions.