On Friday, June 15, Waterside School held its most special event of the year: "Stepping Up and Graduation." Students from all classes were officially promoted to the next grade level, and nineteen fifth graders and three early-admission fourth graders represented Waterside's thirteenth graduating class.
In keeping with school tradition, awards were presented throughout the ceremony, including medals to acknowledge students who were "Homework Shining Stars" this year. Alanna Watson also received a faculty citation- a rare award that acknowledges her work ethic, academic growth, and strong character. Latanielle Augustin won Waterside's most distinguished award- The "Kruger Cup," which recognizes a graduate who embodies the school's commitment to academic achievement and character development.
Additionally, Parent Council President Seydis Acosta presented the school with a check for $40,000, all of which came from fundraisers led by Waterside families. The fifth grade graduates then reflected upon their time at Waterside, emphasizing their goal to "Wear the Waterside W" with pride, and represent their families, teachers, and friends of the school wherever they may go. The students thanked Mr. Kruger and Mr. Edwards for their vision, and gave a special thank you to their Head of School, Ms. Visage. In keeping with the school's daily commitment blessing, the graduates concluded their reflection by promising to, "Work hard, Be Kind, and Respect Learning. "
In addition to the graduates' reflections, Cheryl Plummer, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid at Greenwich Country Day School, gave an inspiring commencement address. Ms. Plummer urged the graduates to stay true to themselves and remember their roots as they go on to their next schools. This fall, Waterside's class of 2018 will matriculate at the finest independent schools in the area, all with scholarships. Still, it was clear from the graduates' thoughtful reflections that they will always be thankful for the support and foundation that Waterside has given them.