After Principal Thomas Murray welcomed everyone to the celebration, he enumerated the class statistics (see below) with praise for their “outstanding academic discipline and personal integrity.”
“As Eighth-graders you have more opportunities at your fingertips than I could ever dream of,” Mr. Murray shared. “When I was in middle school, a typewriter was considered new technology…. It is how you use this technology that counts.… It is how you treat people that will have the greatest impact on the world. You have the power of the technology and you have the power to change people’s lives for good. I have the utmost confidence based on what I’ve seen and heard over the last three years, you will choose to raise people up.” To bring home his point, Mr. Murray cited Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Mr. Murray added, “As a group of young men and women you have reflected the characteristics of true leaders. You have forged a path of high expectations for future groups to follow. John Quincy Adams once said, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ Your actions have and will continue to inspire others to dream more, learn more, and become more. The staff at SMS has been so proud and humbled to have had the opportunity to be your teachers. Thank you for three wonderful years. You epitomize the true meaning of excellence.”
Directing some students to come to the stage and the rest to stand and face the audience, Mr. Murray cued the “Moving-up Class of 2017 and the future graduating Class of 2021!” to thank their parents with a very special message , after which he closed by wishing them all congratulations.
STATISTICS In this new era of academic rigor, the Moving-Up Class of 2017 has risen to the challenges and have excelled.
• 106 students took the Algebra Regents—100% passed.
• 105 students took the Living Environment Regents—100% passed.
• 260 (98% of the class) students have met the requirements for a high school foreign language credit.
• 100 students have taken and passed the High School Studio in Art Class, which is 38% of the class.
• 98% of the Class is leaving with 1 High School Credit+
• 40% of the Class is leaving with 2 High School Credits
• 40% of the Class is leaving with 3 High School Credits
• Our Music Program has competed around the country. NYSSMA students performed solos receiving top honors. Two students were selected to represent Sayville in the Long Island String Festival. Eleven students were selected to be part of the SCMEA All-County band/chorus/orchestra groups. Thirteen students achieved the highest rating, for their NYSSMA solo. Nine musicians received SMBA grants. The music department participated in a practice-athon raising a little over $1,000.00 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
• Our teams have competed hard and have enjoyed success. There have been many undefeated seasons as well as Section XI Sportsmanship Award winners.
• For the past three years, we have had over 200 Presidential Community Service Winners – serving 20,000 hours of community service
• You raised money to beat cancer, support our soldiers, feed and clothe the needy, fight ALS, and collect toys, making Christmas a little brighter.