Northwest Third Graders Reach a Milestone Moment

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Hard work and perseverance are the keys to success, speakers told third graders at Northwest Elementary School’s moving up ceremony on June 24. The students, who comprise Amityville Memorial High School’s Class of 2028, celebrated their achievements over the past three years as they grew as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, musicians and thinkers.

Principal Kathleen Hyland said that this group of students holds a special place in heart as they entered Northwest as first graders the same year she came to the school. She explained that it is has been a pleasure watching them grow through so many “wonderful educational experiences.”

Ms. Hyland reminded students that mistakes are part of the learning process and should never deter them from trying to achieve their goals.

“You can accomplish anything if you’re willing to work for it,” she said.

Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly not only emphasized the value of hard work, but also spoke about the importance of good character. She reminded students to always be courteous, kind, respectful and responsible.

While the summer vacation is well deserved after a prosperous school year, Dr. Kelly encouraged students to keep their minds sharp by going to the local library and checking out books. 

The ceremony included musical selections by the students including “Count on Me” and “Roar,” led by music teacher Roxanne Tannenbaum. Dr. Kelly and Ms. Hyland both recognized Ms. Tannenbaum, who is retiring, for her years of dedication to the students. 

Class by class, the 219 third graders were called up to the stage to receive their moving up certificates, where they exchanged handshakes, high-fives and hugs with Ms. Hyland, Assistant Principal Sonia Rodrigo and their teachers.