By Kassie Parisi
CLIFTON PARK — Hundreds of local children celebrated their final days as elementary school students over the past two weeks.
Two weeks ago, multiple Moving Up Day ceremonies were celebrated throughout the eight elementary schools in the Shenendehowa Central School District. Held either a few days before school let out for the summer, or on the last day of school, parents and teachers watched as their students and children took their last steps across the elementary school stages.
Each ceremony was different. On Tuesday, June 20, students at Shatekon Elementary listened as older students talked about the importance of balancing a social life and academic responsibilities in the coming years, while students at Karigon Elementary the next morning saw themselves and their friends blown up to giant proportions in a slideshow that documented all of their activities throughout the year.
But despite reminiscing about elementary school, teachers and district officials told the soon-to-be middle school students that they had been well prepared to move forward in their academic careers.
“I’m absolutely convinced that you’re prepared for middle school,” District Superintendent Oliver Robinson said to a room of graduating fifth-graders at Shatekon.
Robinson also took a moment to encourage the students to keep pushing themselves to learn, even if classes aren’t in session. He noted that learning is something that can take place anytime, anywhere, not just within the walls of a classroom.
“Enjoy your summer, but never, ever, stop learning,” he said.