Graduation and Promotion Ceremony
Our 2013-2014 Graduation and Promotion Ceremony was a moving tribute to an incredible year in the lives of our students and our community. Many of our parents and siblings were in attendance, and throughout the ceremony the feeling of family was very real.
The ceremony was accentuated by performances from each of our divisions in grades 1-12. 9th graders Samuel Ding and Jake Sabatino kicked off the ceremony with a drumming duel. Later, Elementary sang along to “Upside Down”, and Secondary students came together for “Hall of Fame”.
Secondary students were recognized for their completion of the academic year, introduced with the IB learner profile attribute which they felt most represented their strengths at this moment. Also, Ruth Kolla Suresh Kumar was recognized for displaying International Mindedness, while Sarah Ryou received the school’s award for Leadership.
Students in Grades 1-5 were recognized for moving up to the next grade! Teachers also recognized a learner profile attribute that each student has embodied this year. We are so proud of what they have accomplished, and excited for the great things to come!
Grades 5 and 6 produced a ceramic mural reflecting how digital technology is changing the ways that we communicate with one another. Each student worked on a different section of the ‘cloud’, thinking of an idea, studying ceramic relief art, sketching a concept, and finally sculpting their ideas out of clay. The work has been glazed and fired, and will be mounted in the school lobby. Many thanks to Art Teachers James Abbott and Li Yan for guiding students through this process, and 5/6 Teacher Emily Hurd for provoking creative though in this unit.
After a great year of student initiatives and activity, Neil Park passed the reins to newly-elected Student Council President Sarah Ryou! Many thanks to Advisor JD Holtrop for helping coordinate the student voice this year!