Moving Up Day Ceremonies Close Out Terrific Year

This morning, the Prep School North Gym was abuzz with excitement as the Grammar School and Middle School held their Moving Up Day ceremonies! At 8:30 am, GS students poured into the gym, where they sang original Moving Up Day songs to celebrate the occasion before officially “moving up.” During her remarks, GS Director Sarah McLean reminded students of the significance of Moving Up Day, saying, “Moving Up Day is so special because it’s celebrating the end of things and the beginning of things.” She also took a moment to recognize departing faculty members, including retirees Mila Mondre, Barbara Salerno and Lee Teschner. 

Shortly after, fifth through seventh graders, eager to move up themselves, marched to 4 West 93rd Street, where teachers gave out student awards. A particularly notable one was the Head of School’s Character and Citizenship Award, which recognizes students for their outstanding attitude, character, spirit and overall commitment to the community. “These two students lead our community with positive actions and words in everything they do,” said Dean Dorothy Meyer before presenting the award to seventh graders Anna L. and Max M. Moments later, Ms. Meyer won an award herself when MS Director Paul Baly named her this year’s Faculty and Staff Trustee Award recipient. 

Then, as the departing seventh grade students excitedly received their certificates from Mr. Baly, a special guest stopped by to greet them and shake their hands: Prep School Director Scott Wilson. Throughout the ceremony, the Middle School enjoyed performances from the band, chorus and orchestra, participated in an impromptu dance party and watched a celebratory photo slideshow as well. 

Whether it was GS students lining up to high-five their peers at the end of their Moving Up Day or Middle Schoolers cheering their classmates on as they received awards for their hard work this year, both events exemplified the strong sense of unity and support here at CGPS. Congratulations to all GS and MS students on a job well done this year! 

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