Greenbelt Elementary Sixth Grade Promotion
On June 8, Greenbelt Elementary School celebrated the achievements of its sixth graders. Many of them will go on to the newly constructed Greenbelt Middle School which will open in August for the new school year. This is also the last sixth grade class that will graduate from GES, as starting from this August, sixth graders will attend Greenbelt Middle School as part of a countywide realignment. Many awards were given out at the promotion ceremony.
The promotion ceremony starts with the Pledge of Allegiance and America the Beautiful.
The American Legion Award is given out first. Commander Jose Morales was here earlier but needed to leave for an appointment in D.C.
Mayor Judith Davis congratulates all the sixth graders. She says that this is the last sixth grade class at GES to be promoted. She asks the students to be curious and inquisitive and challenge themselves. She says that this is the closing of one door but so many doors are still ahead. She asks the sixth graders to thank their teachers, school staff and family.
The promotion ceremony takes place in the school’s multi-purpose room.
Mayor Davis congratulates the school’s two A.C.E. Awards winners. These awards from the city’s Advisory Committee on Education were given out earlier at a City Council meeting.
Ms. Beth Novick (6th grade English, at the podium) reads out names of honor roll students who earned a GPA above 3.0 in the fourth quarter.
Mr. Thomas Gallo (6th grade science) reads out names of honor roll students who received all As and Bs in the fourth quarter.
Those who received all As in the fourth quarter
Ms. Donna Behe (counselor) gives out Perfect Attendance Award to two students. They did not miss one day of school.
Mayor Davis greets this year’s G.O.L.D (Generating Outstanding Leadership Development) student.
Members of the Student Government Association are recognized.
The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is given to those with all As and Bs in the sixth grade.
Outstanding Citizenship Award
Sixth graders sing “Win” by Brian McKnight:
I’ll never give up
Never give in
Never let a ray of doubt slip in
And if I fall
I’ll never fail
I’ll just get up and try again
Assistant Principal Camille Hardimon gives out awards to students who earned As and Bs for grades 4, 5, and 6.
Two of three students who earned all As in grades 4, 5, and 6
Ms. Novick gives out the John Van Schoonhoven Excellence in Writing Award. Van Schoonhoven was the final GES principal when the school was at the now Community Center.
Mr. Brian Weeks (6th grade math) gives out the Carolyn Goff Excellence in Math Award. Goff was GES’s first principal in the current building.
Katherine Curl gives out the Katherine Curl Outstanding Character Award. Curl is a former principal who retired in 2007 when the current sixth graders were in kindergarten.
Ms. Angela Payne (right, special education) watches as Ms. Novick hugs one of three winners of the Most Improved Overall Award.
Ms. Payne hands out awards to those with a 4.0 GPA in math in sixth grade.
A high scorer in the First-In-Math online program.
Parent Melissa Sites is recognized for her help in the school library.
Those who have read 25 or more books are recognized.
A student placed second in the 2012 Prince George’s County STEM Fair.
Students who earned a 4.0 GPA in science are recognized.
Instrumental Band Award
Safety Patrol Award. At the podium is Mr. David Manfredi (P.E.).
Finally, the moment everybody is waiting for. Students are acknowledged for completing the Prince George’s County elementary school program.
Sixth graders sing “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson:
I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .
Ms. Dara Case is a vocal music teacher.
The song concludes with “Make That Change.”
Principal Monica Gaines gives closing remarks. She says that she has informed Principal Warren Tweedy of Greenbelt Middle School that she is sending him a sixth grade class with 91% proficient or advanced in math and 90% proficient or advanced in reading. She concludes with “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss:
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
Greenbelt Elementary School’s last sixth grade class