The 8th grade Graduation and Primary Recognition ceremony was a wonderfully happy yet poignant event. Each of the 8th grade graduates gave a speech based on a virtue they chose that reflected their individual personality, and later they all participated in a Rock Band performance. The Primary students first sang What a Wonderful World for their family and friends. They then stepped forward one at a time as Mrs. Gerstacker read aloud their “I Am” poem which they had written in class prior to the event. The Primary students are now ready to transition to elementary, and in September the Class of 2014 will head off to various high schools.
Many of you have heard two of our graduating musicians playing for school events and recitals over the years. Both students will play a solo on their instruments as part of their graduation reflections.
Georgy Faltaous will play Say Something, by Great Big World. He started piano lessons with Miss Rimma when he was in Junior II, approximately six years ago, and will continue to take lessons and perform at Peddie School as of September.
Dylan Torrance will play Concerto for Violin in D Major, 3rd Mvt, by Mozart. He started violin lessons with Ms. Kitade when he was three years old; he was in her first group of violinists at our school. He will continue his violin lessons and performances at St. Andrew’s School (DE) as of September.
We wish both musicians all the very best as they continue to bring joy to those who hear them play.
Sean’s mom, Ida, visited the 7th grade students who run the Middle School store. The students learned about nutrition and sampled a few new recipes.
Primary through Middle School students came together for the final School Spirit Day of the year. Angelina, Junior I student, was the host of the event, an honor acquired at this year’s Auction. Junior II and Middle School took the stage and shared some of the musical pieces they’ve worked on over the year. The Junior II class performed some upbeat songs, and the Middle School’s Orff group, percussion group, and Rock Band performed. Angelina pulled the winning tickets in the final School Spirit Day drawing and presented many lucky students with gift certificates for ice cream!
The Junior II students all received Character Award Certificates. The students studied character traits and virtues throughout the year in their weekly “Gifts and Challenges” classes. They worked on topics such as honesty, kindness, gratitude, perseverance, responsibility, peer pressure, and leadership. Each student chose a character trait to reflect on for the year and wrote an essay on the topic. Third year students Christian and Henry read their essays on leadership to the audience. After the event the class enjoyed a special luncheon.
The Princeton Montessori School 2010 Middle School graduates are now graduating from their high schools and will be heading off to college in the fall. They will be attending The College of New Jersey, New York University, George Washington University, Elon University, Colby College, High Point University, Rhodes College, Rollins College, Syracuse University, Loyola University Maryland, and Washington University in St. Louis. Congratulations to our Class of 2010!