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Next Stop … Middle School

Fifth grader shakes hands with principal

Fifth graders bid farewell to elementary school during moving-up ceremonies that celebrated their unique abilities and talents. Each of the graduates was given an award for a trait that makes them special. The awards at Bayville Intermediate School included Confidence to Take Action,Leadership and Responsibility, Making a Difference, Sense of Accomplishment, Curiosity and Creativity and Sense of Adventure. At Locust Valley Intermediate School, the award categories were 

Speakers included Board of Education trustees, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, Principals and parent leaders. Each one shared memories, advice for middle school and their genuine pride and admiration for the students. Dr. Hunderfund had requested that the students send her information prior to the event and she shared their responses, which included their hopes for the future and their favorite memories of elementary school. She was pleased to report that the students stated they will miss their teachers the most and that they wished for a drug free society. 

The students performed songs, introduced all of the speakers and served as bell ringers. In each of the intermediate schools, ringing the bell at the moving up ceremony is a tradition that dates back many years and the six strikes of the bell represent the six years that the students were in the elementary school.

Congratulations to the fifth graders and good luck in middle school!




First-Place Poets

Poetry winners
Third graders in Shari Zindman’s class at Locust Valley Intermediate School were named Grand Champions in the 31st Annual Walt Whitman Birth Place Student Poetry Contest. Mrs. Zindman has guided her classes to first place in this contest for 26 years.

The young poets were tasked with writing free form poetry based on the theme “Dreams.” The poems could not rhyme, but rather needed to use poetic prose, similes, metaphors and figurative language. The students produced a book with all of their poems, which described their dreams of becoming basketball players, baseball players, astronauts, artists and teachers. 

Mrs. Zindman said she is extremely proud of her students for the effort they put forth in this project. “Through hard work and countless hours, their success was told in winning Grand Champion, which is first place in the third- and fourth-grade category.” 

The class was presented with an award during the Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in Huntington Station. The Board of Education recognized the students at its meeting on June 14.