JFK Fifth-Graders Start New Adventure


Stars and balloons festooned the gym as 304 proud JFK fifth-graders said goodbye to their old school and looked forward to their future at middle school in a touching moving up ceremony on June 23.

JFK Principal Susan Bonner, associate principals Celeste Archer and Shaun McLeod, Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen, and members of the district’s Board of Education were on hand to offer congratulations in front of a packed audience of family and friends, as Student Council member Madison Cadena led the Pledge of Allegiance and Megan Bush sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Enjoy your summer and see you at middle school,” said Student Council President Daniel D’Amato in his speech, while Student Council Vice President Sofia Arrascue told her classmates, “Follow your dreams and take action. We have to stick together and stand by each other.”

Awards and graduation certificates were handed out, followed by a JFK tradition, a performance of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” with the singing students backed by a trio of district music teachers.

Finally, Robert Frost Middle School Principal Eliana Levey addressed her new charges, telling them, “Rest up this summer for your new adventure. There are great things in store at Robert Frost when you come to us in September.”