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Moving Up from Middle School

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Long Beach Middle School’s eighth grade graduates celebrated their advancement to high school with a Moving-Up Ceremony, held on June 24 on Veteran’s Field. The students have experienced an educational program based on philosophies that serve as guiding principles throughout life.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Senator Todd Kaminsky presented two awards. Interim Principal Keith Biesma facilitated the event and addressed the graduates.

“Each day and every day our students rose to the challenge and overcame the struggles presented to us in this pandemic,” Mr. Biesma said. “Our students were faced with the task of getting accustomed to wearing masks, socially distant classrooms and cafeteria and adjusting to new safety protocols while at the same time learning about history, writing essays, practicing math and preparing for science exams. The word that best describes our students, faculty and staff is resilient.”

Students performed the song “When I Grow Up,” which was followed by inspiring remarks from Board of Education President Tina Posterli, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher and Middle School Principal Lorie Beard.

Halfway through the presentation of diplomas and special awards, Student Organization President Mackenzie Brodsky-Torres shared reflections on behalf of her peers. As the evening concluded, Long Beach High School Principal Jeffrey Myers welcomed the incoming freshmen to the exciting chapter ahead.