The Bethpage School District held four unique moving up ceremonies for each of their three elementary schools and one middle school.
Kramer Lane Elementary School held a drive-in moving up ceremony for fifth grade students and families on June 17. Each car had a specified parking space and arrived decorated to show their Kramer Lane spirit. Families remained in their vehicles throughout the ceremony, which was projected through a speaker system and also broadcasted through FM radio. The ceremony included speeches from Principal Kerri McCarthy, President of Student Council and fifth grade student Elizabeth Hoffner and fifth grade teachers. Awards were presented to the fifth grade class and to culminate the event, students and their families drove around the main circle to be presented their moving up certificates.
Also on June 17, Central Boulevard Elementary School held a hybrid moving up ceremony, with a virtual component as well as an in-person car parade. Students and families were sent a link to a virtual ceremony, which announced special awards and recognitions for students. Families were then instructed to drive through the school’s main parking lot at a specified time. Each fifth grade student was individually recognized by a variety of faculty and staff members, who excitedly cheered each child’s name as they arrived. Students also collected a moving up packet, complete with a certificate of achievement and their yearbooks.
Rounding out the events on June 17, Charles Campagne Elementary School held a drive-in moving up ceremony for fifth grade students, complete with a DJ and decorations provided by the school’s PTA. Principal Erin DiFiglia led the ceremony from the roof of the school building, as families arrived in their decorated vehicles. Following the ceremony, students drove through the front of the building where they were able to pick up their yearbooks and take a photo with Mrs. DiFiglia and their fifth grade teachers.
At the middle school level, John F. Kennedy Middle School recognized their eighth graders moving on to high school level with a virtual awards ceremony followed by a car parade on June 18. The ceremony included student performances, faculty speeches and a photo montage. After the ceremony, the entire eighth grade class was invited to participate in a car parade at the school. Students received their year books and diplomas, and had a photo taken with Principal Kevin Fullerton. Over 70 staff members were present at the parade, dressed in Bethpage’s blue and gold with homemade signs, eager to congratulate the students on their accomplishments.