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Continuation Ceremony Celebrates Rising 6th Grade Class of 2029

Today, May 24, 2022, parents, students, faculty, and staff celebrated the Class of 2029 at The Colorado Springs School's 45th Annual 5th Grade Continuation Ceremony in the Louisa Performing Arts Center. "Our 5th graders have stretched themselves, taken risks, and grown into the people they are today," said Children's School Division Director Jody Bates Bliss. "They have also come together as a class."

Head of School Tambi L. Tyler presented the following students with Longevity Awards for attending CSS continuously since Kindergarten or earlier: Alexa B., Noah H., Kristen L., Emma L., and Ethan M.

As a special gift to the rising class, 3rd and 4th-grade students performed "Over the Rainbow." Afterward, Fifth Grade Teacher Theresa Hamby led a tribute to the Class of 2029. While reflecting on the growth of the 19 students before her, Mrs. Hamby shared a quote by Maya Angelou, who said, "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

"Rising 6th graders, you are that butterfly," Mrs. Hamby added. "You have risen to the challenges I've laid before you. You have cried, laughed, and shouted with glee, all the while transforming into the students who sit before me today. So, we come together to celebrate all of your successes, which have led you to this point along your academic journey. We have loved and cherished each moment with you."

Eighth-grader Tejin M., also president of the Middle School Student Council, proudly welcomed the students to the Middle School division, highlighting the freedom and exciting new experiences, including Seminars and socials, that they will encounter throughout this next chapter. He acknowledged it would be scary, but reassured them that countless peers and teachers would be available to guide them along the way.

"You might also be nervous about having more homework, more responsibilities, and all new teachers," Tejin said. "I can assure you that all of the teachers are very kind and will get to know you quickly over your first few weeks. By the end of Middle School, you will cherish your relationships and be sad that you must move on like I am now."

After a beautiful performance of the CSS Alma Mater, Ms. Tyler concluded, "The Colorado Springs School Alma Mater says it best. I think I speak for all of our Children’s School faculty when I say, 'Remember to come back and visit.' These teachers have watched you grow into a remarkable group of bright, young boys and girls. And now, it’s time to show the Middle School division just how amazing you really are."

Congrats to the Class of 2029: Alexa B., Beau C., Scotlynne E., Enrico G., Noah H., Julianna J., Shayla K., Kristen L., Emma L., Niya M., Ethan M., Lucas O., Mason R., Faith S., Alexander S.V., Owen S., Eleanor S., Trevor V., and Malcolm Z. We wish you the best of luck in the Middle School next year!