Three important End of Year Ceremonies were held recently, starting with Early Childhood at the Lower School Field House on June 18. After opening remarks by Jeanette Tyndall, director of Lower School, the students in pre-nursery, nursery, and pre-kindergarten sang several songs, including “Oh What a Day,” “The More We Get Together,” and “Adios Amigos.” Keynote Speaker Junellen Tiska, Lower School Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, offered a few words to the students and their families and then invited the young graduates to pass through a flower-bedecked arch, signifying their passage to the next grade.
The final two End of Year Ceremonies were held on June 19 on the Lower and Upper School campuses. In the morning, Ross students, families, faculty, and staff gathered together in the Field House for Kindergarten through Grade 5. Jeanette Tyndall provided opening remarks and then gave the stage away to the first set of performers, kindergarten and first grade, who sang “Movin’ On Up” by John Jacobson and processed in grade-level groups through the arch, symbolizing their promotion to the next grade up. Then, the second and third graders took the spotlight to sing, “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars and go through the arch. Following these two performances, Jeanette offered recognition and praise to Parents Association President Judy Rall and the grade-level reps for their dedication to the School and their hard work raising money for Ross School programs and scholarships, as well as their generous gifts to Ross faculty and staff.
Interim Head of School Gregg Maloberti then presented the Courtney Sale Ross Award. This distinguished award, voted on by the faculty and staff and given in recognition of the faculty member most exemplary of the Ross School vision of leadership, academic excellence, and personal integrity, was presented to first grade teacher Sharon Cook. Afterward, the fourth and fifth graders sang “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” by Cat Stevens, and the members of the fifth grade class walked through the arch as Jeanette called them by name, rising to the sixth grade. A reception followed.
Later that day, in the Great Hall on the Upper School campus, Ross eighth graders had their End of Year Ceremony. A processional with music by pianist Janet Fensterer and opening remarks by Gregg Maloberti commenced the evening’s event. Faculty Speaker and eighth grade team leader Mark Tompkins offered words of wisdom and some advice to the students about to enter a new chapter in their lives: high school. Following this, eighth grade addresses were given by Sami Habib, Jordyn Moncur, and Lucia Robinson, and Ross faculty and staff sang “For Good” from the musical, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz.
Patty Lein, director of Upper School, spoke about the significance of the path that winds its way through the campus, connecting each building, and Ria Maxwell, grades 6–8 coordinator, offered final words of recognition to the Class of 2017. Everyone was then invited to walk the path from the CWB to the Nike Green, in front of the High School Building, for an outdoor reception.
Congratulations, Ross Students!