Congratulations to Our Culminating Students!

UCLA Lab School’s Class of 2010 and Upper I students moving on to middle school gathered in the Redwood Forest on June 16 to celebrate the culmination of their elementary school education. Their teachers, families and friends joined them in “honoring the past, celebrating the present, and looking toward the future.”

Demonstration teacher Julie Kern Schwerdtfeger, in a poem she wrote for the occasion, reminded students that “People have bent low/ Listened in/ Helped you untangle feelings, think things through/ Asked you what you thought, and why.”

Demonstration teacher Kevin North, delivering his message in the style of Dr. Seuss, said, “You have learned to be organized and how to make friends,/ These are lifelong skills - that will never end!/ You are well prepared for all your new schools,/ Because you have been given so many cool tools!”

In addition to poetry, the ceremony included dance, music and song. The Upper Choir and Instrumentalists performed Oh, Watch the Stars and Accentuate the Positive. Parents sang Greenday’s Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) as a farewell. And culminating students recounted their favorite school memories.

“In this moment, know that all things are possible,” said demonstration teacher Susan DeBlasio. “You have the freedom to explore your understanding of the world. You have the freedom to step up to be the best person you can be.”

Principal Jim Kennedy and Assistant Principal Ruthellen Moss congratulated the graduates and presented certificates.

“One thing is certain: these students hold the promise of a very bright future,” Kennedy said. “We wish them well in their next transition and look forward to the wonderful work they will do in the years ahead.”

Text of Julie Kern Schwerdtfeger’s speech (pdf)

Text of Kevin North’s speech (pdf)

Text of Susan DeBalsio’s speech (pdf)