Pequenakonck Elementary School 5th graders “move up” to middle school

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Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

North Salem’s rising sixth graders were recognized in a moving up ceremony held at North Salem Middle School/High School Tuesday morning.

Retiring PQ principal Mary Johnson gave a speech to the class, PQ’s class of 2022 (and the North Salem High School graduating class of 2029). Johnson told the students, “no matter what subjects your teachers taught you over the years, what they were most concerned about was helping each one of you to become the best person you could be.” 

Retiring PQ principal Mary Johnson delivers remarks to the elementary school's class of 2022 on Tuesday, June 21. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

Johnson went on to share with students six pieces of advice:

  1. Work hard - “Things won’t always come easily to you, and they shouldn’t.”
  2. Be humble - “Yes, you are smart. You are talented. You are athletic. You are a lot of great things. But so are a lot of other people.”
  3. Smile - “Maintaining a positive attitude - or faking it when necessary - will go a long way towards helping you to make new friends and feeling good about yourself.”
  4. Be kind and respectful - “Good manners and a respectful attitude will take you far in this world.”
  5. Get involved - “Find extracurricular activities that you are passionate about.”
  6. Follow the ‘golden rule’ - We are all more the same than different…we are all human.”
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Students Kinsey Levesque and Andrew Barnett also gave speeches. Barnett told his classmates, "in life, like in elementary school, there are going to be good times and bad. And the key to handling all of it is to lean on people we trust, to have confidence in ourselves, and to keep trying - even when it isn’t easy."

Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

North Salem Middle School/High School principal Vince DiGrandi delivered a welcome message to the incoming sixth graders before the event concluded with the song “Today is the Day!”

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