MOVE UP FROM MIDDLE SCHOOLWhile the Seventh-grade Orchestra played the march, the Eighth-graders processed into the auditorium for their Moving-Up Ceremony.
Once all had assembled, the program opened with the National Anthem, sung in a clear and deep voice by the talented Raymond Ebarb. In addition, the outstanding Jazz Band performed The Final Countdown, which included solo improvisations by various accomplished Eighth-grade musicians. Each of these commanding musical performances raised roars of approval and applause from the audience.
During his address, Principal Thomas Murray celebrated the accomplishments of the Moving-Up Class. Describing them as “hard workers who had challenged themselves,” Mr. Murray enumerated the class statistics (see below). He also praised this class for their outstanding attributes. “You came together to help raise money to beat cancer, to support our soldiers, to feed the needy, to fight ALS [raising] $3,000, and to collect toys to make some families’ Christmas a little brighter. You have knitted over 1,500 hats, blankets, and scarves to donate. You have an impressive resume of accomplishments, but what I have come to admire most about this class is the fine men and women you have become.”
In his reflections about the past, how things have changed, and how far society has come, Mr. Murray stated, “what hasn’t changed is the key to success and making a difference: hard work, perseverance, scholarship, compassion, empathy, and doing the right thing when nobody is looking. You have learned well over the past three years. Your foundation for success has been built by your hard work, support of your parents and teachers. You are ready to move on to the High School. Be kind to each other, treat each other well! Be there for one another!”
CLASS STATISTICS from the class of 237 students,
• 105 students have taken and passed the Algebra Regents, one with a perfect score.
• 82 students have taken and passed the Living Environment Regents, two with perfect scores.
• 100% pass rate on both of the Regents exams.
• 38 students have taken and passed the High School Studio in Art Class.
• 50% of the Class is leaving with 2 High School Credits
• 35% of the Class is leaving with 3 High School Credits
• 28% of the Class has maintained a 90 GPA for 11 marking periods.
• Music Department competed in festivals around the country, with 28 in SCMEA All-County Band, Orchestra, and Chorus this year, and raised over $1,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Pantry.
• Our teams have competed hard, enjoyed success, and have had many undefeated seasons as well as Section XI Sportsmanship Awards.
• For the past three years, we have over 200 Presidential Community Service Winners (with 30,000 hours of community service).
EIGHTH-GRADE DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS FOR 2011 2012
ALGEBRA Shane O’Donoghue
ART 8 Samantha Wilson
Studio in Art Lia Magliola
BAND Jared Bergen
CHORUS Jillian Brudi
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS Kyle Matson
CONSUMER & FAMILY SCIENCE Jillian Brudi ENGLISH Kathleen Herbst
FRENCH Amanda Minutello
LIFE SCIENCE Sydney Entin
LIVING ENVIRONMENT Jared Bergen
MATHEMATICS 8 Kayla Perrone
ORCHESTRA Bridget Pitre
PHYSICAL ED. (BOYS) Shane O’Donoghue
PHYSICAL ED. (GIRLS) Nicole Farese
SOCIAL STUDIES Kaitlyn Ross
SPANISH Eric Bartlett
TECHNOLOGY Sean Caraher
Girls Sportsmanship Kaitlyn Ross
Boys Sportsmanship Travis Brown
School Leadership Shane O’Donoghue
School/Community Service Megan O’Connor
Academic Improvement Jaclyn Parcelluzzi
Lara Beth Hirsch
8TH GRADE SCHOLARSHIP
NYS COMPTROLLER’S ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Lara Beth Hirsch
NYS TRIPLE ‘C’ AWARD - Kyra Bachety & Madison May
Community Service Awards
Lara Beth Hirsch