Congratulations to Our Fifth Graders!

Congratulations to Our Fifth Graders!
Posted on 06/23/2020

Moving up – we all remember how exciting and bittersweet the moments were when we said goodbye to our elementary school days to move up to middle school. For Hicksville Public School’s fifth graders - and their parents - leaving behind the schools they have come to know did not run its normal course this year. The Fifth Grade Class of 2020 did have the opportunity to say goodbye, however, and to receive Moving Up Certificates from their Principals on June 10th. Each school planned its own unique ceremony with the help of staff and the support and generosity of the PTA. Congratulations to this very special class for rising above this spring’s challenges!


 Burns Avenue Principal Dr. John Comer took photos with his students, here with fifth grader Muhammad Rao, at the school’s Moving Up Ceremony. “Although the ceremony may not be in the manner we are traditionally accustomed to, we, the faculty and staff of Burns Avenue Elementary School, take great pride in celebrating our students as they reach this milestone.”


 “It was a beautiful day and a very personal celebration,” shared Dutch Lane Principal Mrs. Janine Rossi. “It meant so much to us that we were able to see each child and have a few moments with each of them. We were able to personally tell them how proud we are of each one of them. It was such a special day.” Mrs. Rossi is pictured here with teacher Stephanie Sullo and graduating fifth grader Jahnuel Guzman.


“Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020,” said East Street Principal Mrs. Jean-Marie Serra. “Faculty, family and students enjoyed the day.” Principal Serra is pictured here with fifth grader Sophia Buitron and teacher Eddie Cuevas.


 At Fork Lane’s Moving Up Ceremony, fifth graders were welcomed with beautiful congratulatory signs. “This two-hour and twenty-minute ceremony highlighted all 65 Fork Lane graduates,” said retiring Principal Christopher Scardino. “As my last graduation at this special school after 17 years, my hope is to have improved the ceremony moving forward to a permanent outside event.”


 “I would just like to say how wonderful it went yesterday,” shared Lee Avenue Principal Stephanie Stam after her Moving Up Ceremony on June 10th. Mrs. Stam is pictured here with graduate Adam Ramos. “Our students were all dressed up and had several opportunities to take photos with our staff and their parents with beautiful props. We had several stations our PTA created. I believe the staff and students loved it. We had music playing and many staff congratulating our students on their accomplishment. We feel like maybe doing something similar next year because it went so well!”


“Our students looked amazing!” said Old Country Road Principal Laura McConnell. “They took a family picture, then each student proceeded to our banner to take a picture with the teacher and me. They went to a final station to receive their diplomas, any awards, gifts from PTA, a cupcake, and a carnation for their parent. It was a fabulous day!” Pictured here are (left to right): OCR Principal Laura McConnell, Kathleen Apa, Lincoln Guida, and Patti Korenshtein.


Pictured here on June 10th with graduating fifth grader Kayla Garcia (center) and teacher Mike Guarascio, Woodland Principal Mrs. Beth Swanson explained, “Although it looked different than any graduation in the past, it was just as special, if not more. Graduates and their families arrived at specific times, took (socially distanced) pictures with their teacher, principal and family, and were cheered on as they processed down the familiar sidewalk that they once used to walk up when arriving at Woodland each morning. It was so nice to see our students' faces that we've missed so much and be able to celebrate everything that they've accomplished during their time at Woodland. Congratulations to the Woodland Class of 2020!”