The program continued with a slideshow created by Eighth Grade Dean Morghan Lewis that included pictures of each graduate and images of the class over the years. After the slideshow, Elsbach promoted each of the middle school classes to their new grade – the fifth to sixth, the sixth to seventh, the seventh to eighth – and ended by thanking the teachers and parents for everything they had done to support their students.
The program concluded with remarks from Head of School Laura Danforth, who celebrated students’ growth in becoming “thoughtful leaders, writers, mathematicians, poets, scientists, athletes, musicians, citizens of the world, dancers, chefs.” And, she noted, “Most importantly, you are really good young people who care about each other and care about the world.”
Danforth reminded students of the expectations she has had for them that will carry forward into their upper school careers: “Always speak with kindness, show respect at all times, be powers for good in the world, even when doing so is hard and sometimes takes courage. Through that effort and deliberate choice to remain committed to principles of kindness and respect, we become the change we wish to see in the world.”
She ended her remarks with the same six words that she invoked at the beginning of each school year: “Be kind, be kind, be kind.”
That afternoon, eighth grade families returned to campus after months away for a drive-through car parade. The newly minted graduates waved from their cars to cheering faculty, who – socially distanced and holding congratulatory signs – lined the campus. Beaming with pride and joy, the students passed by the Middle School, where so many memories had been made, and received a care package and a warm greeting from Head of Middle School Tasha Elsbach and Associate Head of Middle School Lynn Salehi.
It was a celebration worthy of the resilient, kind and impressive Class of 2024.