Congratulations to all six of our 8th grade graduates! Sarah Gerome (K/1 teacher for these students), don’t miss the 3:15 mark – the graduates and audience gave you a virtual hug. I will post another video of the program soon.
Here is the second video of our June 1st graduation ceremony. I hope you enjoy it. Congratulations once again to the graduates, their families and their teachers! Look for some breakout dancing around the 3:40 mark…
What could I possibly say that would do justice to the ceremony on Friday night? This year’s graduation was the 27th year of graduating 8th graders and the start of North Branch’s 30th year. We said goodbye to five graduates and to Michael, our beloved senior and art teacher. There were happy and sad tears and also a lot of laughter. I ended up with so much video from the evening I split it into two parts. Here’s the first one!
Special thanks to Jennifer Stuart for working with the 7th and 8th graders to compose the graduation song used in the video.
On Friday, June 7th, seven students graduated from the eighth grade at North Branch. The ceremony included music, several performances by different classes, thank-yous from Charlotte, a goodbye to Shani and Regina, and gifts to the teachers. Each graduate spoke; several performed a musical piece. I was struck by a few things while watching the ceremony: these students are thirteen or fourteen, yet they all seemed very comfortable speaking in front of a fairly large audience. I think this is partly because of Friday assembly. Assembly is a regular part of the week at North Branch – half an hour each week that students get up and share lessons or perform a song or music. By the time they get to eighth grade, they are unusually comfortable with public speaking.
Each student also had very specific, fond memories of things that happened up to eight years ago, which is a long time when you’re fourteen! The graduates remembered things like: Sarah complimenting them on a block structure in kindergarten, watching Monarch butterflies grow in Natasha’s second grade class, particular friends they made in nursery and learning multiplication with Robin and Toni. Happily, each of these teachers was present to hear their former students reminisce. The graduates also had wonderful and funny things to say to their more recent teachers. It was all a testament to the longevity of the teaching staff at North Branch.
You can see other pictures of the North Branch graduation at Stephanie Gross’ website: http://stephaniegrossphotography.instaproofs.com
Wednesday, June 2nd marked North Branch School’s 27th annual graduation ceremony. This year we had four graduates: Orion Bloom, Kyra Miller, Zach Volpendesta and Gwynne Wood.
We had warm but beautiful weather for graduation. Charlotte began by thanking parent helpers and volunteers. The teachers’ efforts throughout the year were also applauded. They received a lovely gift of chocolates made by Rachel Smith, North Branch class of 2000.
After that, we sang goodbye to beloved Junior class teacher Robin Luecke. The Middle Schoolers, along with Michael and Katrien, made up this song to the tune of “Ghost Riders in The Sky.”
Next, the four graduates were serenaded with a personalized version of “Rattlin’ Bog” that Charlotte and company had modified for the graduates.
“Pomp and Circumstance,” in classic North Branchian recorder style, accompanied the grads on their traditional walk around the circle.
Each student took a few moments to talk about their experiences at North Branch and to thank teachers, parents and friends.
In this next video, graduate Orion Bloom plays “In a Sentimental Mood” on the trumpet. Sorry for the in-audience filming, but he did such a nice job I thought it should be posted anyway.
After the ceremony, we sang the traditional year-end wish for joy and health as we left the circle. People lingered (well, some of the younger and more eager members of the audience rushed straight to the dessert table) to speak with the graduates, say goodbye to teachers, and enjoy the various cakes, cookies and fruit.
And another school year has gone! It really is true what “they” say about life with children: the days are long but the years are short.
Please check back – I will be posting more videos and photos from graduation over the weekend.
This year’s class was fairly large by North Branch standards – nine students gave speeches and thanks to their families, teachers and friends. Students also presented various creative gifts to the school. The ceremony opened with several musical and choral pieces and the traditional march to Pomp and Circumstance. A unique feature of this year’s graduation was the papier-mache Yellow Submarine that the students made when they were in third grade. They each made a model of themselves, which they took when they graduated. It was a bittersweet representation of the quick passage of time. After the ceremony (and a loud but brief rainstorm) everyone enjoyed the dessert buffet and time outside.