Second-Graders Move Up


At John Quincy Adams and May Moore, the youngest Falcons left their nest in recent moving up ceremonies that celebrated their transition to third grade next year at John F. Kennedy Intermediate.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the 166 graduating second-grade students at JQA sang a medley of inspirational songs amidst colorful balloons. “I am so proud of all you have accomplished here at JQA,” Principal Christine Criscione said in her greeting, telling her students, “Dream big dreams!” The children sang a medley of inspirational songs before their names were called, one by one, for the traditional presentation and words of praise from their teachers.    

At May Moore, the 138 students moving up from second grade raised their voices with joy, performing “America,” “The May Moore Song,” “This Is the New Year,” “Fly a Kite” and “Wavin’ Flag.” Their principal, Alicia Konecny, recounted all of the year’s highlights for the assembled families and friends. “Today is a day to mark the efforts of our second-graders,” she said. “We all could not be prouder of their growth and development.”

Superintendent of Schools Eva Demyen was on hand for the JQA and May Moore events, handing out achievement and attendance certificates. Celeste Archer, associate principal at JFK, was also a special guest at both schools’ ceremonies, sharing a favorite quote – “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss” – and congratulating the future third-graders on their achievement. “We are excited for you to be joining us at JFK,” she told them. “Have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing your bright, smiling faces in September.”