As the 2014–2015 school year drew to a close last week, Ross School celebrated with multiple ceremonies marking the occasion of classes “moving up” to the next grade—a transition that, for some classes, also heralds moving to a new campus or a new section of campus in the coming year.
The festivities began in the morning of June 18 with the Early Childhood ceremony in the Field House at Ross Lower School. After opening remarks from Head of Lower School Jeanette Tyndall, Tennis Program Director and EC parent Vinicius Carmo proudly recalled the many accomplishments of the young students, and extended his best wishes for their bright and happy future. After a cheerful choral performance of songs including “What a Wonderful World” and “Adios Amigos,” pre-nursery, nursery, and pre-kindergarten students walked through a ceremonial archway of flowers.
Later that afternoon at Ross Upper School, eighth graders “walked the path” to the area of campus traditionally used by high school students to festive drumbeats, halting at the green near the Nike fountain to listen to speeches given by their classmates and teacher Mark Tompkins. Student Sarah Levine delivered a lively reflection on her class and the academic year; Lily Attias and Zoe Mintz presented “sweet and wickedly funny” paper plate awards to every member of their class; and Mark looked back on the eighth graders’ year with humorous words of wisdom that framed the milestones reached on their way to young adulthood.
In the evening of the same day, a beautiful ceremony at the Lower School campus celebrated an end to the sixth graders’ years at the Lower School, and inspired a look forward to an important new beginning at the Upper School. The event included remarks from Jeanette Tyndall; Caly Stewart, LS student government president; guest speakers Sharon Burns, Lower School counselor, and Chris Engel, director or Community Programs; and class speaker Emma Tiedemann, who spoke about how much she enjoyed her first year at Ross as well as her schoolmates and teachers. Caly then returned with classmates Marilyn Bruehl, Cameron McAuliffe, and Parker Firestone to present the class gift to the Lower School—a beautiful new archway for the students to pass under along their journey at Ross School.
Next, after heartfelt words of recognition for their amazing achievements, sixth grade teacher Deborah Minutello-Bartlett presented students with symbolic “Giving Keys” as a reminder that, just like a key, every person has a purpose. To conclude the event, the class of 2021 showed a music video they prepared chronicling their adventures at the Lower School.
The moving up ceremony for grades K–5 brought the school year to a close on June 19. After a warm welcome from Jeanette Tyndall once again, keynote speaker Will Greenberg ’15 offered a glimpse into the exciting challenges and adventures waiting for the younger students at the Upper School; then the students sang songs to accompany each class as they walked through the archway. Kindergarten began with their “Happy Water Medley”; first and second grades brought smiles with “Thank You”; and third, fourth and fifth grades joined voices in “Wake Me Up.”
At all ceremonies, heartfelt thanks were extended to the Parents Association, parents and families, teachers, and staff, whose tireless efforts help make Ross School an extraordinary learning environment for the students and community.
Congratulations to all for another terrific year at Ross School!