South Orangetown Central School District

Cottage Lane Elementary School celebrated its Fifth Grade Moving Up ceremony under sunny skies this morning on the Joseph P. Hickey Memorial Field!

Maria P. and Sawyer K. kicked off the event with the pledge of allegiance, followed by performances of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “I’ll Make a Difference” by the Cottage Lane Chorus under the direction of Chorus Director Danelle Greene and accompanied by substitute Music teacher Albert Ahlf.

In her address, CLE Principal Karen Scarth, Ed.D. shared middle school tips from her daughter and referenced a virtual visit from “Harlem Grown” author Tony Hillery. “This year, we had a special guest author and he shared how much a community can do–and how a garden isn’t just a garden, it’s a community and an opportunity. Cottage Lane isn’t just a school–it’s a community and a place for you to try out these very important things: advocating by using your voice, making choices and finding your interests and passions. Use your voice, use your passion and get involved.”

South Orangetown Middle School Principal Chad Corey, Ed.D. welcomed the rising sixth-grade class to middle school and SOCES PTA Vice President for CLE Krystyna Greco encouraged students to “feel proud and remember to dream big” as they move on.

After each class was called to receive certificates of completion, Substitute School Counselor Morgan Serkes presented the Lori McGrath Character Education award to Matthew W. for exemplifying respect, responsibility, and kindness. 

Congratulations, CLE fifth graders!

CLE Moving Up Ceremony