Dressed in blue gowns, 254 Wisdom Lane Middle School eighth graders entered the school auditorium surrounded by loved ones, central and building administrators, board members and staff for Wisdom Lane's eighth grade moving up ceremony on June 17.
Members of the sixth and seventh grade band, directed by Lori Katcher, performed "Pomp and Circumstance" as the soon-to-be high schoolers took their seats. This followed with the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner. Principal John Avena opened the ceremony by welcoming families, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald, Division Avenue High School Principal John Coscia and board members to the special event.
Dr. McDonald congratulated the students and spoke to them about taking the next step in their academic journeys.
"You may be anxious about the move to high school, but I will tell you, the more confident you are, the less anxious you will be," she said. "Come prepared for school every day, keep up to date with your work and if you need help, ask. Your teachers will help you."
Mr. Coscia also addressed the students and gave them a glance of what Division Avenue High School will be like. He encouraged them to embrace the high school experience. In addition, Division Avenue High School Student Council President Emily Fuchs and representative Mya Ferreiro shared with the students their own experiences and advice. The Student Council gifted each eighth grader with a Division Avenue lanyard as a welcome gift.
Eighth graders Erin Alvarez and Sophia Massoni provided the eighth grade address as they reminisced on the memories made at Wisdom Lane and wished their fellow peers the best of luck in high school. This followed with a presentation of the class gift. Eighth graders Katherine Chen and Mariah Diaz announced that the Class of 2019 would be gifting the school with a second large media monitor which will be displayed in the cafeteria to broadcast school information.
One by one, students were announced on stage as their loved ones cheered. After the Class of 2019 was officially presented, the eighth grade chorus, directed by Carol Spainer, performed "A Million Dreams."
Mr. Avena concluded the ceremony by congratulating the students and wishing them the best of luck as they enter high school. Students and their families then enjoyed a reception by the PTA to celebrate the academic milestone.