Congrats, Rising Sixth Graders

Excitement was in the air on Tuesday, June 25, as the fifth graders of all three elementary schools processed into rooms filled with their families and teachers, their faces shining like morning stars, full of the promise of the day ahead.

Moving Up at Increase Miller, Katonah and Meadow Pond Elementary Schools are exciting seasons, rich with traditions, outings and celebrations that culminate in ceremonies full of songs and special moments that mark the students' transition to middle school.

Through principals' reflections and parent-created slideshows, each student leaves with a sense of accomplishment, an abundance of memories, and wise words to carry into the future. 

Increase Miller Elementary

Increase Miller Elementary’s Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony was a sendoff and a celebration rich in school traditions.

From the event’s program, which featured word art of the fifth graders’ favorite elementary school memories, to Principal Kerry Ford’s remarks, structured as an alphabetical walk down memory lane, the rich fabric of student life at IMES was woven with good wishes for the future. 

Singing together was another favorite memory of the students, and they shared it one last time, delighting all with the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” directed by music teacher April Higgins.

The Moving Up Ceremony was held in John Jay Middle School’s theater, a space they'd been to before but which now felt a bit different. While Increase Miller would always be part of them, this was their school now!

Meadow Pond Elementary

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye!” It wouldn’t be Meadow Pond without a special cheer to mark an occasion and its Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony even got the audience involved in the action!

The ceremony—completely run by the school’s Student Ambassadors—showcased the fifth graders’ leadership. 

"You are an extraordinarily kind class,” Principal Ashlyn Field said to the students. She encouraged them to continue using that wonderful quality in the next stage of their lives.

The fifth-grade chorus delighted their guests with “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman.

As students crossed the stage to receive their MPES pin and certificate, they – what else – elbow bumped their teachers, Interim Assistant Principal Dawn Pomeroy, school psychologist Dr. Deanna Spoto, and music teachers Melissa Richardson and Nicole Cronin.