Lincoln Avenue Principal Dr. Michele LeBlanc welcomed families, friends, administrators, and guests, gave special recognition to graduating parents—those who served on the PTA board, the Site Based Team as well as those in the audience—and took a special moment to recognize “someone who is moving on. After thirty-nine years of service, our superintendent of schools is retiring this year. I would like to publicly thank him for all he has accomplished for Sayville Schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. I would like to thank him personally for his mentorship and leadership. Congratulations, Dr. Schartner.”
Speaking about “this group as cohesive, understanding, compassionate, and bright” students, Dr. LeBlanc stated, “Together, they have accomplished much, but one particular accomplishment is one that will stand up to the test of time. Lincoln Avenue celebrated its 50th anniversary this past March. This group of children may know more about Lincoln’s history than most of us, which they translated into dance and song in Mrs. Cirillo’s play, 50 Cheers for 50 Years. In learning about “when I was your age,” “walking up hill to school both ways;” the farmland that used to exist on our school property, disco, mosh pits and of course, Beyoncé, we all developed greater pride in our recent history and our school. Students, I hope you can carry that pride with you in the future as you move through Sayville Schools, and as you move through the next 50 years! You have learned about vast changes that have occurred, and it seems that change comes more rapidly these days, too rapidly to predict. I will end with a quote fromour sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln who stated, ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’ I predict The Lincoln Avenue Fifth-grade Class of 2017 will be very productive in creating a very bright future.”
The Lincoln celebration continued with Middle School Principal Tom Murray greeting his new Sixth-graders. Students representing each Fifth-grade class (see right, top-bottom, Lucy Fielder, Allessandra Burke, Conor Henry) read their insightful essays about their years at Lincoln before each class received their certificates. Music teacher Christine Cirillo directed members of the Fifth-grade Chorus, who sang Count on Me. After specific awards from local politicians were given, the concluding number arranged by Ms. Cirillo Fifth Grade’s Done! which was sung by the entire class. Finally, Dr. LeBlanc wished the students well with, “Congratulations to Lincoln Avenue Class of 2017, the Sayville High School graduating Class of 2024!