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The Westbury Times - Schools

CP Eighth Grade Graduates

Members of the Carle Place School District Class of 2017 were honored at the annual eighth-grade moving-up ceremony held on June 21. In his welcoming speech, Superintendent of Schools David Flatley challenged students to partake in anonymous, random acts of kindness during their time off from school, urging them to pay it forward. “Doing things for others is going to make you feel so wonderful inside, you will never want that feeling to go away,” he said.

The middle school chamber orchestra, directed by Richard Stein, and the middle school chorus, led by directors Dr. Douglas Brett and Joni Russo, provided musical accompaniment throughout the ceremony.

The student address was delivered by eighth-grader Samantha Reed, who reminisced about the wonderful experiences she had with classmates throughout their time in the middle school. Reed reminded her peers of the trials and transitions they had already overcome and encouraged them to use these accomplishments as reassurance that they will succeed in their next transition into high school.

Closing remarks were made by Carle Place Middle and High School Principal Thomas DePaola, who encouraged the students to find their own niche in high school. “Get ready for a fantastic experience,” he said.