Long Beach Fifth- and Eighth-Graders Move Up

Fifth-grade students from throughout the Long Beach elementary schools had something in common with Long Beach Middle School eighth-graders during the week of June 19. All celebrated advancement to the next level in their education with moving up ceremonies, led by each building’s respective principal and attended by members of the Board of Education, Central Administration, families and other guests.

The middle school ceremony, held on the evening of June 22, honored students’ completion of three years of determination, effort and teamwork. During the eighth-graders’ time in the building, it became Nassau County’s first-authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program school. The students have experienced an educational program based on philosophies that will help them to succeed in the high school years that they will now embark upon.

At the elementary level, each school’s promotion had a specific theme that was portrayed through decorative settings, banners, music and more. East School’s event was named, “Reach for the Sky,” while Lido School’s was titled, “#PeaceLoveLido.” Lindell School embraced the idea that “Together, we are one,” and West School sent positive messages with “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

Student speakers from the five buildings addressed their peers and audience members with reflections on their memories enthusiasm for the road ahead. Principals shared praise and words of inspiration with their young graduates. Superintendent David Weiss and Board of Education members also commended the fifth- and eighth-graders.

The middle and elementary school ceremonies alike 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. Senator Todd Kaminsky, an alumnus of the district, visited each school to present the Junior Public Service and Leadership Award. He also extended a special acknowledgment and proclamation to Sandra Schneider, who is retiring after 20 years as West School Principal and a total of 30 years of service to the building.

Long Beach Middle School, East, Lindell and West Schools’ promotions were held in their respective buildings, while Lido’s took place in the middle school auditorium.