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Moving Up Day West Side

It was a wonderful ceremony for the students at West Side Elementary School on June 22 at the PAC. Each and every West Side graduate had a turn to speak and reflect upon their journey at West Side, a long-standing tradition that speaks volumes about the history of West Side pride. Principal, Alison Hazut, addressed the 6th grade class marveling at all they have accomplished over the past five years at West Side, the many friends they have made, all that they have learned and the special traditions they have continued even during the trials of a pandemic. The many challenges helped them learn and grow to great heights and each “Student Led Reflection” that was shared revealed struggles, hope, gratefulness, supportive teachers and families, so much joy and overwhelmingly the bonds of strong friendships. Superintendent, Jill M. Gierasch, surprised the crowd with a story of a recent basketball challenge with one 6th grader. It was a close match and many were there cheering on both their friend and also their Superintendent! She promised a rematch next year – stay tuned! She was amazed and so impressed by the foundation set at West Side School, and how each student persevered and embraced all the history and tradition that has always created a very special family at West Side. The students thanked teachers for being so friendly, kind, supportive and funny…helping them each day to learn and succeed, be their best selves, and become who they are today. Students looked back at traditions like Field Day, Ellis Island and Tomato Sauce Day, the West Side Run, the Musicals and Talent Shows, Community Service and HERO projects and so much more. Good luck Moving Up to the Jr. High; West Side School will miss you!