On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, family and friends gathered to celebrate fourth grade students as they graduated from the Lower School during Fessenden’s annual Lower School Closing Ceremony. Instruments in hand, the boys proceeded proudly to their seats under the tent and played a medley for the enthusiastic audience.
Head of School Steve Armstrong provided opening remarks, followed by Head of Lower School Stephen Billhardt. Using the moral of “The Tortoise and the Hare,” the story of which was performed in this year’s Kindergarten and Grade 1 musical, Stephen offered his thoughts on starting lines and finish lines in various areas of life. He encouraged all to be “mindful of what we are doing in each moment and to live in the present.” Expanding upon the race metaphor, Stephen he noted that some races are meant to be run, some should be jogged, and still others should be “approached with an intentionally slow and steady walk that allows one to enjoy the moment.” Lastly, Stephen thanked all Lower School students for a terrific year, and he offered his appreciation to faculty, staff, parents, and family members for their support of the boys.
Following the end-of-year remarks, every fourth grader shared memories of their most valued lessons and projects from their time in the Lower School. This marked their official graduation to the Middle School.