Students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School moved up to Middle School during the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 7 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Students said farewell to Lower School with family, friends and faculty and staff members in attendance.
The program began with the processional to Prince of Denmark's March and a flag salute before everyone Shannon Sari, Lower School music teacher, led third and fourth graders in singing America the Beautiful. Andrew Webster, Head of School, provided a welcome for the guests in attendance. Elizabeth Stillman, one of the fifth grade teachers, shared reflections of the year and offered advice and encouragement to her students.
The presentation of certificates followed with Ellen Ritz, fourth grade teacher, reading the names as Mr. Webster and Mr. JohnEric Advento, Lower School Head, joined teachers Mrs. Stillman and Ms. Jaclyn Church in congratulating the graduates.
Mr. Advento shared closing remarks during which he saluted the students, their parents, and the W+H teachers for making his first year at the school a wonderful experience. He sent the students off to be greeted by Jennifer Rose, Middle School Head, in the PAC lobby on their way to the reception in the courtyard.