The Edmond Sun

May 16, 2013

Kindergartners say they are ‘Ready for first grade’

Tears, smiles fill graduation ceremony

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — As more than 1,600 Edmond Public School kindergartners await their graduation to first grade they have mixed feelings, much like their senior counterparts graduating this month.

“My graduating kindergartners told me they were scared, proud, happy and nervous,” said Karen McBride, one of six Centennial kindergarten teachers. “After we looked at our slide show yesterday, two of my boys came up to me and said the slide show made them want to cry.”

The only tears Thursday were on the faces of the students’ teachers and parents as the kindergartners marched proudly into Centennial’s Media Center to “Pomp and Circumstance” with mortar boards poised jauntily on their heads and smiles beaming on their faces. They entertained three packed audiences filled with parents, grandparents and friends as each teacher’s class had their own ceremony.

The students sang “Counting by 10’” and “Skinnamarink” and closed the ceremony with “First Grade, First Grade,” a take-off of “New York, New York.”

The line, “If we can make it here, we can make it anywhere,” seemed appropriate for these young students ready for the next phase of their life.

For kindergartners it is about what have they accomplished this year to see if they are ready to move up a grade.

Each of the Centennial kindergarten classes graduating Thursday had their own program with a slide show titled “I’m Ready for First Grade” prepared by their teachers where each student told why they believed they were ready to take the next step in their education.

Kindergarten teacher Debbie Crouch’s students’ answers were varied, but one that kept popping up was, “I’m ready for first grade because I can ride my bike without my training wheels.”

Other reasons students said they were ready for first grade included: “I can write very neatly; I can read a book by myself; I do good work; I can comb my hair; I know all my letters and numbers; I can brush my teeth; I can ride my bike and walk my dogs, I know all my numbers; I am ready to make new friends;” and perhaps one of the more important reasons, “I can write my name.”

The third kindergarten class graduating Thursday included Lindsey Ellis’s students. Three additional kindergarten classes graduated Wednesday including the students of Courtney Bacon, Crystal Ranes and Amy Smith.

On the back of the program a quotation from Dr. Seuss reminded the parents, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”