With the sixth-grade graduating ‘Class of 2023” behind him, CES principal Scott Corey welcomes all the families and friends. His also thanked the parents for allowing Chester Elementary the privilege of teaching their students as they progress into adulthood. Photo by Gregg Scott

Chester Elementary School graduates the “Class of 23”

By Gregg Scott

Staff Writer

The gymnasium at Chester Elementary School was full on Thursday, June 8, for the graduation ceremony of the sixth-grade class of 2023. Parents, relatives and friends were there to congratulate and support the 17 students that are about to move up the ladder to the next step in their academic lives. The program started with a flag salute and an address by principal Scott Corey, followed by student and academic awards and a Thank You to the parents for their support to the staff and their students.

The sixth-grade members of the Elementary School Band, led by Dr. Jane Brown, provided a fine version of the ‘Star Wars” theme song.  Mrs. Bainbridge gave an overview of the Chester Elementary Outdoor Education program, which now includes all grades and recognition to the students, especially the graduates, who walked over 75 miles by the end of this program’s completion.  Of course, the high point of the evening was the presentation of the graduates’ diplomas by PUSD Superintendent William Roderick, Principal Scott Corey and sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Tantardino.

A very good crowd was in attendance for the June 8 graduation at the Chester Elementary School. Principal Scott Corey was the last to walk down the aisle as he prepares to welcome the families and friends of the graduates. Photo by Gregg Scott
CES music Instructor and Internationally noted conductor Dr. Jane Brown, tells the assemblage what a pleasure it has been to instruct the music students at CES and how she hopes they will continue their music as they move on to junior/senior high school. Photo by Gregg Scott
Dr. Brown leads the CES sixth-grade members of the band in a rendition of the Star Wars theme. Assisting in the presentation are two percussionists from the high school band because the CES band has no drummers. Photo by Gregg Scott
Presenting the diplomas are from left: PUSD Trustee Chelsea Harrison, CES Principal Scott Corey, PUSD Superintendent William Broderick and sixth-grade Teacher Susan Tantardino, aided by Brooke Geer and Camile Klimek who offered the graduates’ favorite remembrances. Photo by Gregg Scott
The final congratulations was offered by PUSD Superintend William Broderick and within a few moments the stages was emptied by the graduates as they headed to their families and into the future. Photo by Gregg Scott