Eighth Graders Transition at Middle School Closing Ceremony

Under a sunny and beautiful sky in the side yard of the Middle School Campus, 91 eighth graders celebrated the end of the year at the BB&N Middle School Closing Ceremony on June 5th. The day marked an important milestone for students as they prepare for the transition to high school. 

Middle School Director Mary Dolbear began her opening remarks with a comment on the perfect weather: “not too hot, not too cold —just right...hmm, sounds like this class.” Head of School and fellow Class of 2023 parent Dr. Jennifer Price followed by expressing her deep appreciation to the faculty, staff, and parents who have helped to support the students during their time at the Middle School. She also told the students a story about her mother, who taught her to “leave a place better than you found it,” and challenged students to think about how they were going to leave 80 Sparks Street.

In celebration of his 45 years of service to the BB&N Middle School, retiring History teacher Bill Rogers served as faculty speaker this year. He shared a funny and “dirty” story about growing up on a dairy farm in Western Mass that involved a mishap with lots of manure, and left the students with five pieces of advice: first, there are worse things than getting a C- on a Latin test; second, keep your mind on what you are doing; third, if something smells bad, it probably is; fourth, sometimes manure just happens; and finally, every day try to learn something useful, have a little fun, and make someone’s day a little brighter.

Student speakers Tess Holland '23 and Finlay Crafter '23 also shared their thoughts with fellow classmates. Crafter, new to BB&N this year from Australia, spoke about the experience of moving outside of his comfort zone and everything he has learned this year, encouraging his classmates in their transition to high school: “being new to high school can be hard —we will all be out of our comfort zones —but if we take the lessons we have learned from the Middle School, I am confident we will be okay.” Holland summed up her time in Middle School as “information and awkwardness” and also encouraged her classmates to “think about how far [they] have come” as they look ahead to the future.

In addition to the speakers, the Middle School Chorus performed "True Colors" by Steinberg/Kelly, arr. Hampsch. This year, four students were recognized as the 2019 Banner Recipients: Katherine Baker ’23, Isabella-Marie Selden ’23, Grant Levinson ’23, and Leo Sarzana ’23.

"You don’t realize it yet, but your morals and beliefs have already started to take root —the beginnings of your truth. That is the magic of this place." closed Dolbear as the students prepared to receive their Grade 8 certificates and embark on their next adventure.

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