5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony Highlights 

Last week our 5th Graders officially “moved up” and became rising 6th Graders! Parents, families, faculty/staff, Lower School (LS) students, and friends came to celebrate our eldest of the LS division. The 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony prominently featured our 5th graders’ insights, including their sage advice to our younger students and sincere words of gratitude to the different adults who have made their time in the Lower School special, and a moving rendition of “Lean On Me”. They finally each received a small box to release a monarch butterfly, representing their moving up to new adventures! CONGRATULATIONS and CHEERS to the Class of 2031!

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony Highlights 

Our 8th Graders recently celebrated the bittersweet ending of their middle school years during the annual 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony, under the big tent on Leggett Field. Students shared poignant personal reflections about how much they have changed in just a few years and they also expressed thanks to their Middle School teachers, advisors, mentors, coaches, and of course their families and friends. They also heard words of encouragement, praise, and wisdom from several speakers including Middle School Principal Jonathan Davis, 8th Grade Class Dean Alison Miller, and Upper School Principal Kim Lalli. CONGRATULATIONS and CHEERS to the Class of 2028! 

“D-E & ME” Lower School Art Exhibit in Swartley Gallery

Here’s to our last Swartley Gallery exhibit of the year! “D-E & ME” is presented by our Lower School (LS) students and represents striking artwork curated by LS Visual Arts & Design teacher, Ms. Christine Maloney. The exhibit includes beautiful self-portraits and other creations by students in Grades 1-5. According to Ms. Maloney:  “Artmaking necessitates slowing down and reflecting, integrating the mind, body, and soul to address the human experience comprehensively. In an era of shortened attention spans due to technology, fostering human connections within our D-E community is crucial. D-E & ME serves as a platform to highlight these insights.” Thank you to all our LS artists and Ms. Maloney for this wonderful, year-end exhibition!