Fifth graders at East, Lido, Lindell and West Elementary Schools moved onward and upward during individual promotion ceremonies held in the tent outside the Administration Building. Proud members of the Board of Education Administration, staff and students’ families cheered on the graduates as they concluded one phase of their education and get ready for the next.
Each building’s gathering had a specific theme that was portrayed through decorations, music and more. East School’s event, held on June 14, was named, “Virtually the Best Class Ever.” West School sent graduates off to “Reach for the Stars” on June 16, and Lindell School featured a “Make it Shine” program on June 17. Lido School’s celebration took place on June 21 and was titled “A Year Like No Other.”
Student speakers from the four schools addressed their peers and audience members with reflections about their experiences thus far and the possibilities ahead. Middle School Principal Lorie Beard expressed excitement for the students’ futures. Elementary school principals Kathleen Connolly, Karen Sauter, Ivelisse Hernandez and Amy Dirolf shared positive sentiments with their respective graduates. Lindell’s event also featured a special tribute to Mrs. Sauter as she prepares to retire after 36 years in the district, and the Lido ceremony honored retiring Assistant Principal Sharon Weiss and thanked her for 34 years of service to the Long Beach Public Schools.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher and Board of Education members commended the students as well. All ceremonies additionally featured musical performances, and special awards were presented by principals and New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky.