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LPS Schools Celebrate with Moving Up and Graduation Ceremonies

TAPinto.net and LPS

Sunday, June 22, 2014 • 12:39am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The latter part of the week of June 16th heralded many moving up and graduation ceremonies throughout Livingston Public Schools (LPS).

On Friday, 464 seniors graduated with the traditional tossing of caps. Click HERE for the TAPinto Livingston graduation article, HERE for LPS’ graduation photos and HERE for TAPinto Livingston’s Project Graduation article.

According to LPS, the preschoolers shared dreams of becoming firefighters, doctors, teachers and builders at their graduation ceremonies, while the kindergarteners performed plays and sing-alongs at theirs. Click HERE to see photos by LPS.

Heritage’s 484 students celebrated the completion of middle school and the school’s 50th anniversary, at their transition ceremony on the 19th.

Principal Pat Boland congratulated the “extraordinary generosity” of the class, which has participated in a variety of outreach with charities and fundraising for non-profits.

“Do more for the world than the world does for you,” she offered as advice to this 50th graduating class.

“Go on, be great. No pressure,” said student Aylon Berger, who was among the students who offered an overview of their Heritage years and preview of what they expect to come. He was joined on stage by Rachel Azulay, Jesica Porcelli, Aaron Litvak, and Sarah Wang

“You are now ready to spread your wings and move on to new experiences and new challenges,” said Principal Boland.

The distribution of certificates was alternated with performances, the Heritage jazz band swinging and trading solos, and the choir performing selections that highlighted the themes for the day, the jazz band with “Happy” and the choir with “Ease on Down the Road.” Click HERE to see photos by LPS.

The Brass Choir at Mt. Pleasant Middle School performed a surprise concert in the school’s lobby as students said good-bye for summer.

Mt. Pleasant Middle School’s sixth grade students spent their next to last day of school celebrating the completion of the DARE program, which taught them to say “no” to drugs and alcohol. The program on Thursday, June 19, also included educational programs about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol.

The students climbed a rock wall, waved as a medical helicopter landed behind their school, and climbed inside Livingston rescue vehicles.

The National Guard and Newark police force joined Livingston township police, fire and rescue workers at the school. Throughout the year, Livingston’s DARE officers teamed with MPMS health and physical education teachers for lessons on the risks of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, as well as about peer pressure and safety. Click HERE to see photos by LPS.

Regardless as to what LPS students were celebrating this June, there was one common theme for them all—school is out for summer.

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