8th-graders move up to high school
Poland Central School District eighth-graders, along with Principal Greg Cuthbertson and some staff, stand at the beginning of an end-of-the-school-year “moving up” ceremony for eighth-graders on Friday, June 17, in the new school gymnasium. View more photos on our Facebook page.
POLAND – Poland Central School District has officially welcomed current eighth-graders to high school with an end-of-the-school-year “moving up” ceremony.
Poland Principal Greg Cuthbertson said the ceremony marked the culmination of the students’ middle-school years and the start of their high-school journey. Cuthbertson wished the students well and told them to help their own futures by focusing on receiving a quality education over the next four years.
“Your education is an opportunity,” he said.
The 44 current eighth-graders were recognized during the ceremony on Friday, June 17, in the new school gymnasium with moving-up certificates, and some students also received commendation, merit, honor and high honor certificates based on their academic grades.
Cuthbertson also presented Triple C Awards to eighth-graders Karyn Castellano and Noah Lamphere. The Triple C Awards are voted on by teachers and represent courage, commitment and character.
Fifth-graders joined students in sixth and seventh grades at the ceremony to recognize that as eighth-graders are moving on to high school, fifth-graders are moving from elementary school to middle school.
The event also featured band and chorus performances, and Poland National Honor Society President Sarah Zuchowski and Vice President Maya Virgil were guest speakers.
Zuchowski told students that high school comes with both a larger workload and more freedom. She encouraged students to get involved in the school community and participate in extracurricular activities. She said high school provides the chance to make friends and presents opportunities to excel, but that you have to put in the work.
Virgil spoke about the value of College Now classes and how helpful Poland teachers are. She told students to try their best and not lose their motivation. She also announced that the Poland Student Council was giving Class of 2026 shirts to the eighth-graders.
In Cuthberton’s speech, he said high school will include new challenges, new successes and new failures, and he encouraged students to learn from those experiences.
Cuthbertson also referenced a quote from legendary college basketball coach John Wooden, who said, “If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” Cuthbertson asked students to think about how time is our most precious commodity and to approach challenges in high school with the mindset of doing it right the first time instead of wasting their time.
“I encourage all of you to think about how you’re going to use your time going forward,” he said.
Poland Central School District Principal Greg Cuthbertson presents a Triple C Award for courage, commitment and character to Poland eighth-grader Karyn Castellano during a “moving up” ceremony for eighth-graders on Friday, June 17, in the new school gymnasium. View more photos on our Facebook page.
Poland Central School District Principal Greg Cuthbertson presents a Triple C Award for courage, commitment and character to Poland eighth-grader Noah Lamphere during a “moving up” ceremony for eighth-graders on Friday, June 17, in the new school gymnasium. View more photos on our Facebook page.