5th Graders Welcome the Future With a Celebration of Severn Values
Fifth graders conveyed mixed emotions to the audience of family, faculty and friends at the promotion ceremony on Tuesday. As each student took the stage to deliver heartfelt speeches, they expressed gratitude for their time at Severn Lower School and nervous — but confident — excitement for the big jump to sixth grade. The leadership skills and self-confidence they’ve gained have well-prepared them for the new challenges and experiences that await them in middle school.
A Look Back Before Stepping Forward
Just minutes before the ceremony, our 5th-grade classrooms were abuzz with energy as the group watched a slideshow of their time together on Chesapeake Campus. They laughed over sweet and funny memories — everything from drama performances and class presentations to silly moments on the playground.
After a brief introduction by Headmaster Doug Lagarde, our talented faculty choir sang a rendition of Shine Your Way by Owl City and Luna while Caleb Morgan ‘ 21 accompanied on the piano.5th graders took the podium to share anecdotes that exemplify meaningful character traits — be brave, be artistic, be persistent, be kind. Their words echoed Severn's core values of character, conduct, scholarship, leadership and service.Although each student’s story was unique, there were common threads throughout. They spoke of their Renaissance classes in which they explored creative and technical outlets outside of the normal curriculum. They reminisced about Battle of the Books, Destination Imagination, performing at assemblies and working with younger students during Helping Hands…the list goes on. Each student had a different moment to share, but together their words reflect the vibrant energy of this class.They spoke of supportive relationships with teachers and friends that made their years on Chesapeake Campus so meaningful. These foundational mentorships and friendships will continue to grow and deepen as our students move from middle to high school and beyond.Lower School Head Cathy North shared touching remarks before each fifth grader crossed the stage to receive their promotion certificates with a handshake from their teachers and Mr. Lagarde. Our 5th graders gathered one last time to sing farewell to the 5th grade and welcome new adventures just around the corner.To celebrate the day and their achievements, every fifth grader received a piece of cake with their name on it, symbolizing the unity of the class of 2026 and the individual paths they will each follow.
To the Class of 2026
Excerpted from Ms. North's remarks from the ceremony, "As you transition to middle school, my hope is that you remain true to yourselves and hold on to the things that are important — as well as challenge yourself to learn and try new things. Reflect upon your strengths, grow from your mistakes and celebrate your accomplishments. Your experiences and the anchor of what’s in your heart will guide you. Congratulations, it is with great joy that we honor each of you.”