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Fifth grade students from EJR ready to move up

The rainy weather didn’t dampen the excitement and pride of hundreds of family members and friends who gathered under the large tents outside of Edward J. Russell Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, to celebrate the 94 fifth grade students moving up to Crispell Middle School in September.

This is the Pine Bush High School class of 2026, Superintendent Tim Mains told the crowd. He congratulated the students and wished them well on their next big adventure – middle school – and said he is looking forward to presenting them with their high school diplomas in seven years!

A boy in a white shirt shakes hands with a woman in a dress and pink sweater as he receives a plaque.
Kyle O’Brien received the Jeanne S. Theis Memorial Award, named in honor of a former EJR  principal. It is presented to a student each year who exemplifies her caring, respectful nature.

Principal Elizabeth Halsey Sproul and Assistant Principal Richard Girgenti presented the class with their certificates, academic awards and special recognitions. Teachers gave awards to students who excelled in art, music, chorus, band, library, and physical education. Character was a big part of their education at EJR, as it is at all of Pine Bush schools.

Kyle O’Brien received the Jeanne S. Theis Memorial Award which honors a former EJR principal The award is presented to a student each year who exemplifies the characteristics that made Mrs. Theis so special, including compassion, respectfulness and trustworthiness, to name a few. 

A smiling fifth grade girl in a blue and white dress, ponytail and glasses smiles and shakes the hand of her principal, a woman in a light blue dress and blonde hair.

The Triple C Awards – for two students who exemplify courage, character and commitment –  were given to Kayla Dec and Jordan Irwin.


The Fifth Grade Band played “March Across the Seas,” displaying their musical abilities. And at the conclusion of the ceremony, the fifth grade students stood and sang “Best Day of My Life,” a very fitting song for the occasion. “…But all the possibilities, No limits just epiphanies… Wo-o-o-o-o-oh…This is
gonna be the best day of my life.”

A fifth grade boy and girl play oboes

Congratulations to the EJR Elementary School fifth graders and their families!

A girl with long dark hair and another with long blonde hair smile after the ceremony

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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