Heading to Middle School

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The future Port Jefferson Class of 2024, celebrated their moving up to middle school at a ceremony on June 21 at the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School.

During the event, Edna Louise Spear Elementary School students, received special classroom, safety patrol and principal recognitions, as well as certificates to signify their promotion to middle school.

Speaking to the students during the ceremony was Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano. He said, “This is a milestone in your education. It is your first significant accomplishment and I have no doubt that you will shine in sixth grade.”

Also, speaking at the ceremony was parent Jennifer Cobb. She said, “You should be proud of yourselves. This is an ending and a beginning.”

In her remarks to students, pre-K teacher Jennifer Guerrazzi offered the following advice to students: “Stay positive, try new things and reach for the stars.”

The ceremony also included the presentation of a class gift — two new garbage cans for the playground and special surprise gifts for the incoming fifth-grade class that will include messages from the outgoing fifth-graders.  

The event culminated with the students singing, “How Far I’ll Go” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Principal Thomas Meehan left students with his words of wisdom. “Always help out someone who needs it,” he said.