Giblyn Graduates 130 Fourth Graders

Giblyn Graduates 130 Fourth Graders photo

The sun was shining bright over Leo F. Giblyn Elementary School, as 130 fourth grade students were celebrated by their families and teachers during the annual moving up ceremony.

Principal Amanda Muldowney kicked off the festivities by welcoming family and friends. Throughout the ceremony, students displayed beautiful performances of “We Won’t Stop Dreaming,” “Ready to Go,” and “Giblyn Superstars.”

Freeport High School Class of 2019’s valedictorian Leah Hochman attended the celebration, as she graduated from Giblyn in 2011. Ms. Hochman reminisced on her moving up ceremony from the school and congratulated students on this accomplishment.

“As you look forward, please do not forget the moments that have shaped you into the successful young people that you are,” she said. “Do not lose sight of all that you want to achieve. Do not create limits for yourself based on doubt or pessimism. Be aware that it is indeed possible to reach for the stars and dream big. Seek inspiration from your peers and the world around you and never forget where you come from.”

Prior to announcing the names of those moving up, Mrs. Muldowney and Assistant Principal Amy Lederer presented several students with awards, including the Nassau County Music Educators’ Recognition Award, NYSSMA, All-County Art Award, Principal’s Award for Student Leadership, YES I CAN award, Triple C Awards, Giblyn All-Star Awards, and Perfect Attendance. 

Mrs. Muldowney took the opportunity to offer some final words of advice to the students. She encouraged them to work hard, smile, be courteous and respectful, get involved and do unto others what you would have them do unto you. “Fourth graders, you leave here having learned a lot, but you have much more to learn in the years ahead,” she said. “Be willing to keep on learning from your teachers, coaches, parents and friends. Maintain a positive attitude, a helpful disposition, a willingness to try new experiences. Keep reading, be helpful, clean your rooms, practice your instruments, be good to each other, and keep smiling.”