By Lisa Carolin
Chelsea High School’s Class of 2023 said farewell to Beach Middle School Tuesday, June 11 at a ceremony at Beach followed by a party in the cafeteria.
“It’s a pretty special group,” Principal Nick Angel said about the graduating eighth-graders. “The Class of 2023 has lots of strong personalities, opinions, and leaders.”
Angel shared what the students will miss most about middle school, a list that included knowing what classroom to go to in the building, the cool classes, and the Washington, D.C. trip, along with what they’d miss least about Beach – the cold cafeteria and the hot gymnasium.
Teacher Jessica DeLand was the honored educator selected by students. She told them, “You’ve given me and taught me a lot over the years you’ve been here. You taught me about fashion. You have your own sense of style. As you transition into high school, I urge you to think about what matters to you. What do you value? What do you want to be? Get your education but don’t forget from whence you came.”
Assistant Principal Matt Ceo told the graduating eighth-graders, “Getting through eighth grade is no easy task. Show gratitude as frequently as you can to as many people as you can. Let’s practice some gratitude and stand up and give a hand to all the people here who have got you where you are. You are freshman after tomorrow and we are going to miss you terribly.”
The eighth-grade class president and vice president then spoke beginning with the president, Benny Greenstein.
“The last few years have felt like the longest years of my life,” he said, and went on to highlight each year of middle school. “These three years have really changed us. Here we go. High School. What everyone is waiting for. We will finally get the independence we have been waiting for in our middle school years. No more being labeled as a kid. Now we’re teenagers in high school taking drivers ed., exams, experiencing life, and freedom.”
Eighth-grade vice president Elijah Ratliff took classmates on a “little trip down memory lane” that began with fifth-grade moving up day.
“We’re growing up, all of us, doing new and different things,” said Ratliff. “Now we’re ready for independence. We have changed. We are change.”
Angel concluded the ceremony with some tips from high school students on how to be successful at Chelsea High School including getting a good night’s sleep, budgeting time wisely, staying organized, and not riding the elevators or borrowing an elevator key from upperclassmen because there is no elevator key.”
And on a sobering note he reminded everybody, “ There is no recess in high school.”
elijah ratliff, v.p. class of 2023 v.p. I’m going to take you on a little trip down memory lane starting with fifth grade moving up day. 6th grade camp first test of independence. seventh grade lots of homework and challenging teachers. 8th grade-after two long years we made it-the all stars, the big cheese. We’re growing up all of us doing new and different things. We raised awareness for mental health. Now we’re ready for independence. We have change we are change.
Nick-advice- student tips on how to be successful at chelsea h.s.-to incoming freshman class-get a good night’s sleep don’t ride the elevators or borrow an elevator key from upperclassmen because there is no elevator key.
The loss of recess-there is no recess. (moan) budget your time wisely; stay organized; bring clean clothes to freshman P.E. lass. Everybody falls up the stairs once at chs. Be prepared for it.
Dance immediately following this. Pizza. Parents plan to pick up students at 9 p.m. time sto send parents away
Getting selected by classmates not an easy thing.
Benny Greenstein last few years have felt like longest years of my life. Learning longitude and latitude. sixth grade it was the year that welcomed us to middle school. It was the easiest year. Seventh grade taught us studying is important. Eighth grade. Year the D>C> trip only thing keeping us from h.s. and reproductive health with Mr. . These three years have really changed us. Learned from mistakes we made. Here we go. High school. What everyone is waiting for. We will finally get the independence we have been waiting for in our middle school years. No more being labeled as a kid. Now teenagers in h.s. taking drivers ed, exams, experiencing life, freedom. Let’s graduate up to the high school as one.
BMS EIghth Grade Farewell Ceremony followed by a party in the cafeteria.
The Class of 2023 said farewell to Beach Middle School Tuesday, June 11 during a graduation ceremony at Beach middle school class of 2023. nick its a pretty special group. introduces people in audience teachers and administrators. dave jowl 8th grade teacher retiring. introduces beach staff to cheers.class officers introduced and student leaders.
strong personalities, leadership, opinions, academic gains.
asks students to stand if sports, music program, club, WEB leader, honor roll, if you had fun during beach ms experience-nearly everyone standing.
What they’ll miss the most- the washington, d.c. trip, knowing what classroom to go in the building, Mr. Smith in the lunchroom, cool classes, walking loop, miss demand singing, miss millers english classes, the amazing staff at beach. miss least cold cafeteria hot gym.
We came in as immature sixth grade students. we leave as young adults.
Jessica DeLand-honored educator selected by students-seventh grade english. More than 60 students in this year’s winter performance. Honored seventh grade educator.
Benjamin Greenstein class president
Elijah ratliff, class vp
DeLand-Honored 7th grade educator. You have given and taught me a lot over the years you’ve been here. You have taught me about fashion. You have your own sense of style. How strong you really can be. May choices in high school. As you transition into hs, i urge you to think what matters to you. What do you value. What do you want to be.
get your education but don’t forget from whence you came” Alexander Hamilton
Class of 2023 for challenging me in a way I have never been challenged before. Be kind to yourself. You are going to have so many new sexperiences0funny, sad, exciting.
The annual event was an enthusiastic farewell from Beach’s staff with families of the soon to be high school students all gathered.
He asked students to stand who’d participated in various clubs and activities and ended with the request, “If you had fun at Beach, stand up.” No one was left sitting.
Assistant Principal Matt Ceo told the students, “I want to say thank you to this class because you give me hope for the future.”