Lincoln Avenue Moving Up


    Principal Dr. Michele LeBlanc welcomed the assembled students and guests to Lincoln Avenue’s 2014 Moving-Up. After acknowledging the “graduating” Lincoln parents for their six years of support, Dr. LeBlanc specifically thanked the special group of volunteers from the PTA, SEPTA, and Site-Based Team, who “have given countless hours to provide programs and improve our school.”

    “In Sayville schools we pride ourselves on academic rigor while building confidence in our students in order to develop the necessary skills to be heard positively and create change for the better.” Dr. LeBlanc was proud to announce that “this group’s progress measured by a number of data points in comparison with others is superior.”

     In addition, while honoring the retiring Jane Cozza, whose career had come full circle, Dr. LeBlanc extolled the qualities of the “circle” for its healing power, equality, unity, and completeness. Dr. LeBlanc encouraged the girls and boys “to hold on to that Kindergarten circle, make room in your circle, expand it, and this practice can enrich you as a person, enrich your community, and enrich your world.” Dr. LeBlanc ended her address by introducing Middle School Principal Thomas Murray.
    During the ceremony, select Fifth-graders representing each class read personal essays about their shared experiences at Lincoln. Each student was called individually by their teachers to receive the Moving-Up certificate, followed by the naming of those students receiving special awards (see list below).

    New this year was an especially entertaining dance routine to honor Mrs. Cozza, performed by a group of students (wearing face masks of the administrators and staff members that included the honoree), which had the audience laughing. Although the musical interlude was the sentimental favorite, For Just a Little While, the Moving-Up ceremony closed with an upbeat new musical arrangement (thanks to the cooperative efforts of Mrs. Cirillo and lyricist Mrs. Woerner) of Frozen’s Let It Go, aptly re-titled Let Us Go!
    ACADEMIC GOLD AWARDS Cameron Batterberry Robert Burgos Dean Gennosa Joseph Golio Adam Jones Christian Jones Conor McGrath Sanjeeda Rahman SILVER AWARDS James Anderson Kerri Gunther Emily Hartman Sarah Hauk Sarah Kenney Dylan Krimsky Rose Maizus Skylar Morello Jack Pierce Matthew Yonkers Christopher Zender Katherine Zender FITNESS AWARD GOLD Julia Ayrovainen Cameron Batterberry Hannah Blaskiewicz Jack Cheshire Caroline Crawford Jacklyn DuTot Dean Gennosa Sarah Gover Erin Henn Adam Jones Dylan Krimsky Linda McAuliff Marcus Minutello Jack Pierce Brendan Rafferty Dominique Rinaldi Erin Schaefer Tyler Schaefer Noah Steil George Werner Elizabeth Yoskowitz SILVER Kristen Alexopoulous Robert Burgos Colin Caraher Alec Cohen Devon Coiro Ethan Cooley Phillip Downey Brett Doxsee Nicholas Gibbons Jenna Guerra Emily Hartman Sarah Hauk James Herbst Chloe Jeffares Christian Jones Sarah Kenney Louis Maffetone Rose Maizus Aidan McCullough Conor McGrath Jacob Minerva Skylar Morello Giana Morrione Kyle Pawloski Hayley Pepe Brian Tavoulareas Jose Scalogna Matthew Yonkers Christopher Zender Katie Zender Matthew Zender;
    Triple “C” • Dominique Rinaldi & County Legislature Presiding Officer •Jenna Guerra, Colin Caraher New York State Comptroller • Hannah Blaskiewicz, Sanjeeda Rahman