Catch the Rising Stars

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Recognizing student improvement and achievements, Landing Elementary School honored 34 students in grades 3-5 as “Junior Rising Stars” during a special assembly. In order to be considered for this honor, students must take the opportunity to improve themselves by being a better citizen, friend or student through hard work, attendance and working well with others, among other criteria.

Interim Principal Martin J. Malone commended the students on the accomplishment of being named a rising star.  “We want to really remind our students why the criteria that we are celebrating today are so important – the extra effort, the hard work, the attendance. All of that is really so important,” he added.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Laria, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel, who is the former Landing principal, Glen Cove High School high school guidance counselor Christine Mulhall and Glen Cove High School salutatorian Nicole D’Ambrosio also spoke to the students about being named a rising star. D’Ambrosio, who served as the guest speaker, shared her inspirational story of climbing to the top of her class. Dr. Laria thanked parents for their continued hard work and dedication to their children, adding that education truly enables students to become anything they want to be.

“It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude – how high you go,” Dr. Laria said. “Attitude is everything. We want you to know that you are full of promise, you are worthwhile and you can achieve anything that you put your mind to. That’s why you are here today – you are a rising star.”

Landing School holds the Junior Rising Stars ceremony three times during the school year to honor student progress and achievement.