True Colors for 2010 Moving-Up!!
Moving-Up With True ColorsOnce the music by the 7th Grade Orchestra signaled the opening of the Moving-Up ceremony, the Eighth-graders processed into the David M. Jones Auditorium. Following the National Anthem, sweetly sung by Richelle Galante (photo right), the Jazz Band played an upbeat Don’t Stop Believin.
Delivering his last address as Middle School Principal, Dr. Walter Schartner (who was moving up as well to Superintendent of Sayville Schools in July) felt the theme of "true colors" [carried over from the Frost Valley trip] summarized this diverse group very well: a class that respected its diversity and was generally helpful with each other. After listing the class statistics(see below), Dr. Schartner remarked, "no wonder the Middle School is a National School of Excellence. It’s because of you," adding that this recognition was also earned through the invaluable support of both their educators and parents.
"I hope that I am able to speak on the last Saturday of June in 2014," Dr. Schartner concluded, "and highlight what you have done over your four years in High School….This is the last Middle School Moving-Up I am doing, and to me, you will always be a little special. Thank you for that, and congratulations."
The ceremony held a surprise for Dr. Schartner. The entire Middle School community honored him with a special award ceremony and a framed pair of Frost Valley T-shirts—a memento of their shared True Colors experience. Dr. Schartner humbly and gratefully accepted the gift for his new office in the Administration Building and quickly deflected further praise. For the rest of the festivities, the focus remained on the students moving up.