End-of-Year Celebrations

Memorable End-of-Year Celebrations photo

In honor of the end of the year, Woodhull Elementary School students celebrated their collective achievements during a musical concert and special graduation ceremony for the school’s pre-K and sixth-grade students.

During the event, the concert band performed the national anthem before being joined by the third-graders, who played ukulele with them on Haydn’s Surprise Symphony. The pre-K through second-grade students sang folk songs with third-grade students on the ukulele and were then joined by grades 4-6 singing with Mr. Tamberino on ukulele for a beautiful performance of “What a Wonderful World.” A stunning duet of “Beauty and the Beast” was performed by third-graders Ariel Vizcarrondo and Kingston Johnson, followed by sixth-graders Patryk Warzecha and Giovanni Giua performing a duet version of “Promenade” from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, on alto saxophone and trumpet, respectively. Ariel then returned to perform an excerpt from Beethoven’s Fur Elise for piano, and Patryk performed a solo version of Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” on the saxophone. The band and ukulele ensemble returned to perform “The Best Day Ever” from “SpongeBob SquarePants” before being joined by the rest of the students and closing the concert with the song “We Know the Way” from the movie “Moana.”

After thunderous applause, the pre-K and sixth-grade graduates then participated in commencement exercises led by Superintendent of Schools Loretta Ferraro and Board of Education President Jay Lippert. The students were celebrated for their achievements to date. Twelfth-grade resident student graduates were then honored before the sixth-graders gave their traditional farewell address, in which they each reflected on their years at Woodhull and their personal meaning. The audience then viewed the traditional slideshow of all the graduates, created with care by sixth-grade teacher Ms. Donovan.