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Fifth-Graders Celebrate First of Many Academic Milestones

Fifth-graders celebrated the first of many milestones in their academic careers at the Bronxville School during a moving up ceremony on June 23. The students will embark on the next phase of their educational journey as sixth-graders in the fall.

Assistant Principal Adrienne Laitman welcomed the guests and honorees before a student council representative led the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Tricia Murray said the moving up ceremony was a celebration of the students’ achievements and successes throughout their time in the elementary school and acknowledged that they’re ready to embark on an exciting new journey as they move up to middle school.

Murray reflected on an inquiry project the students completed this year, which encouraged them to work collaboratively, think critically and research a topic using a variety of sources in order to take social action and make a difference in the world. As a result, students created a public service announcement to ask for donations for homeless veterans, while another group initiated a campaign to reduce the amount of garbage produced in the cafeteria. Students also created a website to raise awareness about animal abuse, others wrote a letter to the president on environmental issues and another group of students made donations of blankets and toys to local animal shelters.

“The students didn’t just do the project to get it done, this group of students took what they learned and applied it to the world in many different contexts,” she said. “That’s why I am proud of them. They took on complex topics and thought critically about them, and most of all, they made a contribution to their community.”

Murray advised her students to continue to be respectful and responsible and to always remember that their actions count.

“As you go on to the other phases of your life, we can’t wait to see what other wonderful lessons you will learn, how you will do it by working with others and how you will share what you have learned with the world,” she said. “I know I can speak for everyone here when I say we are proud of you. Congratulations and we wish you the best of luck.”

Before the students were called one by one to receive their certificates, fifth-grade student representatives dedicated a piece of art work to the school. Each student had drawn a picture of a vase with their nondominant hand to send the message that something can be beautiful even if it’s not perfect, as long as they try their best.

To watch a video slideshow that portrays the many memories and friendships of the Class of 2023, please click here.

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