Schools hold fifth, eighth­grade pro­mo­tion cer­e­monies

Schools hold fifth, eighth-grade pro­mo­tion cer­e­monies

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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.”

SUBMITTED PHO­TOS

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.

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