Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 20, 2019
Eighth graders reminded to never stop dreaming
Six graduate from Adams School
The eighth grade class at the Adams School includes, from left, Gianna Codega, Grace Timbs, Nora Spratt Ira Bucholz and Ian Bowden. In back is class marshall Jack Cukierski. Missing from photo is graduate Makai Robertson.
by Monique Labbe
Teachers and underclassmen at the Adams School gave a send off to the six eighth graders graduating from the school full of song, gifts and stories during a ceremony on June 14.
Special Education teacher Deletra Schamle reminded the eighth graders to never stop trying to make their dreams come true. She read from a children’s book that spoke of reaching for the stars and swimming with the whales, and also to lean on others for strength in difficult times.
“You may feel like a fish out of water, or like a small fish in a big pond,” she read. “You won’t always be top dog, but dust yourself off and get back in the saddle.”
Kindergarten teacher Tracy Lameyer added her thoughts with a short address to the students, telling each of them they will “always have a home at the Adams School to come back to.”
The students gave individual speeches about their time spent at the Adams School. Some, like graduate Ira Bucholz, had only spent the last three years as a student at the school, while others, like Nora Spratt, had been a part of the school since kindergarten. Regardless, each student said that their experience was special and unique, and something they will cherish well into high school and beyond.
The underclassmen wished the students off by singing two songs, an Irish blessing and “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars.
Teachers Bill McWeeny and Shamle, and Principal Sheila Irvine each presented the students with gifts specific to their personalities or inside jokes. The gifts ranged from a bobblehead figurine to an atlas.
“We have loved having these children here, and we can’t wait to see what they do next,” said Irvine before the diplomas were presented.
The graduating class included Ian Bowden, Ira Bucholz, Gianna Codega, Nora Spratt, Grace Timbs, and Makai Robertson, in absentia.
Art: Nora Spratt, Ian Bowden
Music: Nora Spratt, Gianna Codega, four-year student memberships to Bagaduce Music Lending Library
Principal’s award: Ian Bowden
Barb Thomas award: Nora Spratt
Linda Calder award: Gianna Codega