Three years ago, they were just coming together after leaving their respective elementary schools – and now, the Long Beach Middle School’s eighth grade graduates of 2019 are on to their next destination. The students celebrated the many successes they have achieved as a group and were left with inspiring words to help guide them in high school and beyond.
The middle school’s Moving-Up Ceremony, held on June 24 on Veteran’s Field, represented the students’ completion of three years of determination, effort and teamwork. This eighth grade class was the second to complete Middle Years Program Community Projects, which strengthened students’ sense of good citizenship and ability to make a difference. The students have experienced an educational program based on philosophies that serve as guiding principles throughout life.
Board of Education President Dr. Dennis Ryan addressed the graduates, as did Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher. The event was one of Dr. Paul Romanelli’s last as middle school principal, with his new role as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction to commence on July 1. Current Vice Principal Lorie Beard, set to take on the principal post, also facilitated the ceremony.
“This class can be a model of inclusiveness and respect,” Dr. Gallagher said. She described the impact of the lip dub video that the middle school students and staff members created earlier this school year, noting that the team effort is what made it so powerful.
Halfway through the presentation of diplomas, Student Organization President Jordan Collinson shared reflections on behalf of her peers. Long Beach High School Principal Jeffrey Myers took over at the podium following the distribution of all diplomas and special awards, and welcomed the incoming freshmen.