BCMS eighth grade class encouraged to embrace unlimited possibilities
Class of 384 students 'Move Up' to BCHS
At the Eighth Grade Moving Up ceremony on June 23, BCMS Principal Sandy Morley encouraged students to consider their future opportunities carefully and to move forward with confidence when the right one comes along.
Morley said she had been impressed by the 384 students who graduated Thursday throughout their time at BCMS. She said when she looked at the class on Thursday, she saw unlimited possibilities.
"More than any other time, you have the ability and the responsibility to make your own decisions," she said. "You are truly on the brink of discovering who you are, what you will do, and what you will stand for in your life."
Morley asked students to think about a set of three questions first posed Rabbi Hillell, a Jewish philosopher who lived from 30 B.C. to 9 A.D.: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And, if not now, when?"
"Time is a very valuable resource, but it is not renewable," she said. "Take a chance. Try something new. You do not want to find yourself one day saying those familiar words, 'would have, could have, should have.'"
The Moving Up ceremony included recognition for many class members for their achievements in academics, music, art, and athletics, as well as their leadership abilities and contributions to the community.
The ceremony was Morley's last; She is retiring at the end of this year after nine years at BCMS, the first six as assistant principal. As part Superintendent Michael Tebbano's Moving Up Day remarks, he thanked Morley for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the school.
Dr. Tebbano, Board President Jim Dering and High School Principal Charles Abba congratulated students, and encouraged them to make the most of their experience in high school by doing their best and challenging themselves.
In welcoming the BCHS Class of 2015 to the High School, Abba told
students that the transition to high school would be a smooth one.
"You have had great teachers. You have great family and friends," Mr. Abba said. "You are part of a great community. You are ready."