Elmont Sixth Graders Move Up
Sixth graders from Alden Terrace, Clara H. Carlson, Covert Avenue, Dutch Broadway, Gotham Avenue and Stewart Manor schools in the Elmont School District bid farewell to their schools at their respective moving-up ceremonies in June.
Superintendent of Schools Al Harper addressed students and parents at the ceremonies, offering them some advice for the future.
“I ask that as you travel through your endeavors in the high school, to please – and I’m a big proponent of technology – but I ask that at some time during the day, after school, before school, Saturday, Sunday, please put the phones down. Pick up a book and read, study, open the books and study. You’ll be successful,” Mr. Harper said.
He also urged parents to listen to their children.
“Sit down and listen to what they have to say,” he said. “It’s important. You would rather that you listened to them than they listen to someone else.”
Each building principal wished the students well in the future, including Stewart Manor School Principal Hope Kranidis, who told students that putting forth their best effort would ensure their future success.
“Studies show that one characteristic that stands out as a predictor of success is grit. It’s working really hard to make your future a reality. The best way to build grit is through mindset. Mindset means your ability to learn is not fixed. It can change with your effort. Our brain grows and changes with the challenges we have to meet. That’s why you must persevere even if at first you fail.”
Stewart Manor’s ceremony was bittersweet as students said goodbye to Assistant Principal Cynthia Cameron. Ms. Cameron is leaving the district at the end of the school year for a principalship in the Island Park School District.
Two students from each school were also presented with Dads’ Club Awards, which recognized their commitment and community service efforts as part of the club. Congratulations to Kayden Prince and Kori Prince from Alden Terrace, Anmol Kang and Isabella Romero from Clara. H. Carlson, Mackenzie Clarke and Samantha Vacchiano
from Covert Avenue, Tristan Gobern Moss and Aaron Watson from Dutch Broadway, Aafia Ahmed and Jenna Preshad from Gotham Avenue, and James Chan and Clarence Narine from Stewart Manor.