At first thought, a ceremony for fifth grade students who have passed into the sixth grade may seem silly. In Northumberland County, at least, it makes sense.
The students have completed their studies at the elementary school and will be moving on to a completely new campus next fall.
On Thursday, the 102 students moving up were recognized in a program at the middle/high school auditorium.
Music teacher Stephanie Phillips acted as master of ceremonies as the youngsters filed in from the wings to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Once seated and after the Pledge of Allegiance and The Star Spangled Banner, the students put on the show themselves.
Several read off the names of the “graduates” and the entire group joined in singing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” followed by a recorder performance by the entire class of “A Cool Breeze,” “Phunky,” “Trinidad” and “King Tut.”
Following a recounting of the class history, students gave reflections on each grade they’d been through at Northumberland Elementary School. Of Kindergarten year, they said, “September 2008 seems like a long time ago.” It was.
Before the fifth grade presented its memories, the ceremony had another musical interlude as students did the “Limbo” under a relatively but not prohibitively low bar. It was knocked down but once.
The fifth grade history rolled out in a slide show that featured pictures from field trips to Yorktown, the state capitol, Stratford Hall, the Science Museum and Bethpage Campground.
“This recognition ceremony is our chance to say good-bye to the place and people that have been a major factor in our lives,” the fifth grade graduates observed.