Jonas E. Salk Middle School eighth-graders are now ready to take on the academic challenges of high school. More than 300 students were poised to start this new chapter as they participated in the school's annual moving-up ceremony, held in the gymnasium on June 8.
After a salute to the flag, led by Matthew Papach, and the eighth-grade chorus' singing of the national anthem, under the direction of Lisa Levenberg, words of congratualtions and wisdom were dispensed by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald, who encouraged the students to get involved in high school.
"The responsibility for your education will be yours, so grab it," she said.
Principal John Zampaglione told the graduates they are prepared to meet the challenges in high school.
"Listen to your inner voice to decide what is right for you," he said.
Prior to the distribution of moving-up certificates, academic awards and other special awards were presented. The students then walked across the stage to shake hands with members of the board of education, central administrators, faculty and local government representatives, symbolizing their entrance into high school. The students then joined the eighth-grade chorus for the last time, led by Cassidy Balthazar, to sing Bob Dylan's "Don't Look Back."