Schools hold fifth, eighthgrade promotion ceremonies
Schools hold fifth, eighth-grade promotion ceremonies
Bill Fisher has spent a bulk of his 42-year teaching career in a fifth-grade classroom, so he’s been through his share of fifth-grade promotion ceremonies like the one held June 13 at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School. Fisher enjoys teaching fifth graders who are spreading their wings but still seek guidance.
“They can think on their feet, they are good at problem solving and thinking independently,” he said in a release. “But they still listen to me.”
Fifth-grade promotion is a big deal for students. It means they are stepping into a whole new world — middle school.
“I’m nervous,” Ayana Thomas admitted. She, like almost all of Higdon’s students, will attend Piccowaxen Middle School, a stone’s throw from the elementary school. Ashley Whitley said her excitement is mingled with nerves and she is focusing on getting good grades.
They’ll have fond memories of Higdon to look back on. Students Mia Ross, Madeline Schmidt and Cameron Wright spoke at the ceremony about the experiences their class has had during its last year at Higdon. Ross recalled a field trip to the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center where her class went birdwatching and fishing; Wright spoke about a trip to the James E. Richmond Science Center where they learned sharks are endangered. Schmidt liked the tea party the fifth graders planned and hosted. “We had a lot of fun this year,” Ross said.
Higdon Principal Kathleen Morgan encouraged the students to be the best they can be. “You have so much potential,” she said in the release. “It is my hope that each of you will tap into that. You have a lot to offer, so give your best and don’t let yourself settle.”
At Theodore G. Davis Middle School’s eighthgrade promotion ceremony June 14, Principal Kim McClarin urged students heading into their freshman year to take advantage of every moment. “Don’t waste a second of time while you’re there,” she told members of the graduating high school Class of 2020. “Fill the time there with as many experiences as you can get your hands on. Graduation will come soon enough, but the days before can never be relived.”
Jackie Zhang said he was nervous about his first days at Maurice J. McDonough High School, but is eager to play sports and earn high grades. “Do your best in school and turn in all your work,” he advised incoming sixth graders.
Eighth-grade team leader and language arts teacher Sarah Farbacher said the promotion ceremony may be the last time some of the students will see each other before heading off to different high schools. Farbacher is wrapping up her second year at Davis and said that eighth graders seem to all share a certain trait. “The most unique thing about eighth graders is they’re incredibly honest,” she said in the release. “You never have to wonder what an eighth grader is thinking. They will tell you.”
Theodore G. Davis Middle School eighth grader Anaya Brooks, right, receives a certificate from Davis Vice Principal Amy Rye during the school’s eighth-grade promotion ceremony June 14.
Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School Principal Kathleen Morgan, left, congratulates Gabrielle Brett during a promotion ceremony held for fifth graders at the school June 13.
Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School fifth graders Tristan Carter, left, and Nathan Bowling hang out in their classroom before the fifth-grade promotion ceremony June 13.
Lauren Lovejoy, left, and Mia Ross, fifth graders in Bill Fisher’s class at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School took part in a promotion ceremony June 13. Both will attend Piccowaxen Middle School next year.