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openquote Dear Progressive,

I hope all is well with all the staff and students at the school!  I thought I would get in touch with you via email to keep you in the loop and to let you know of my progress in high school.  I would like to visit soon and talk with you in person so hopefully that can be arranged!!  Anyway, this past Friday, September 13, I was called down to the principal's office and received some pretty good news: I was announced as the Class of 2014 East Meadow High School valedictorian!  I devoted a massive amount of time and energy to my school work throughout my three years at the high school and I'm glad it paid off.  But what's more are the intangibles I've gathered and reinforced along the way.  You see, a curious thing happened on that Friday that sticks out in my mind: as I (and the salutatorian, who was in the same class) received the phone call to see the principal, my calculus class let out a deafening scream.  We returned later on to find our teacher crying because the salutatorian and I were so well-received.  She said in other years kids were snotty to each other as well as quite vindictive and competitive; it was refreshing, she said, to see our classmates genuinely happy and excited for us.  What followed that day was an onslaught of congratulations from friends and peers, even from people I had never met.  And as I reflected on that day, I realized it was made special by all of the people who were happy for me, all of the people who I've come to know and regard as friends during my brief time at the high school.  And it made me think of all I took from Progressive, all the things that went into making me not just a knowledge-hungry student but a wholesome, decent person.  Those lessons have been with me since I left your doors, they have accompanied me throughout high school, and they will remain a part of me until I'm gone.  I just wanted to thank you for all of that and more, for helping me develop into who I've become today.  Now I realize that this is a bit more than a quick update (I have a tendency to go overboard once I get started) but there are still things I'd like to express to you, gratitude and all, that I haven't mentioned in this email.  They will come in another email, in a letter, or, better yet, in person.  So thank you once again.

                As far as the update goes, there's a little left.  I was selected to participate in the All-State music festival in Rochester, as part of the symphony orchestra; quite a prestigious honor, I am told.  Also, I received word that I was chosen as a National Merit Semifinalist for my score of 226 out of 240 on the PSAT.  I now have the chance to send in an application and win scholarship money as a finalist.  Being that you know my SAT score, I can only surprise you with what I received on the SAT II Subject Tests: an 800 in both U.S. History and Physics.  In the near future I will be applying to colleges and organizing fundraisers as the president of two honor societies (Science and Tri-M for music).  As it stands, I will likely apply Early Action to Harvard, and am seriously considering University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Stony Brook, Binghamton, and possibly Haverford or NYU.  Even with Friday's announcement, I must continue to work hard, but I wouldn't want it any other way.  Please send my regards to your family as well as to Benay, Joanne, and all of the teachers (your extended family :]).  I will continue to keep in touch and hope to see you soon!!!

--Nathan Siegelaub, graduate

There are so many things I would like to say to all of you, but you would be reading for hours!  I really just want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for what Progressive has done for my life.  I may not have conceived how entirely special the school was when I was younger, but after I moved on I realized the influence it had on my life. At Progressive not only did I make great friends, and learn, I was taught the most important life lessons, and treated with respect.  When I moved on to public school I saw how different the kids were from the students at Progressive. I did not feel the same sense of intelligence, acceptance, love, and care that I had known in all my other years of grade school.

The six years I spent at Progressive have made a permanent influence on my life.  I will never forget any teachers, friends, field trips, school plays, field days, fun at Baldwin Park, or the mornings of quiet time.  Art with Melanie, Spanish and crafts with Eva, and music with Dr. Rothgarber and Amy are also memories that I will cherish. I remember everything so vividly.

After all these years I am finally done with school.  I graduated from W.T. Clarke High School with honors and a high ranking.  I am now attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for my artwork.  My good grades and my love for art would not exist if it wasn’t for Progressive

--Sky B., graduate

 

It's time to leave. I thought these seven years would never end. I walked in as an only child and will walk out with sixteen brothers and sisters. I am very greatful for the seven years I was here. Thank you, for all you have done for me. Farewell old chaps.
--Ben L., graduate

Thank you for everything. Thank you for the wonderful teachers and this great school. You have made my stay at Progressive a very enjoyable one. My experience at Progressive will never be forgotten, for this school is very special and unique in every way. I'm very sad that I am leaving the school that I love so much. I had a very great six years at Progressive and I've learned so much from them.

With this knowledge, kids could outsmart any other kid from any other school in the whole entire world. Even though our school looks small, once you go inside, that changes. It turns into a place where learning and imagination are fun.

At this school, size doesn't matter because our school looks great anyway. I need to go to a different school now. I wish the day had never come. For six years seems like a long time, but to me it feels as if I've just begun. Everyday since Kindergarten I wondered what it would feel like to go to Middle School, but now I don't want to leave.

I wish that EVERY child could share the experience that I've had at Progressive. This would make every child smile and jump for joy. Keep up the great work with the school and try not to change that much, because it's practically perfect in every way.
--Sydney B., graduate

...what I'll remember most is how they taught me to have self-confidence. I'll leave saying 'I can', and more importantly, I believe it.

The school gave me a chance to be myself, it never forced me to be someone I'm not. I learned not to worry about other people's impressions of me. The school also taught us to accept other people who are different and not judge them before you've walked in their shoes. All the teachers were kind and gave us private help when we needed it. They were always attentive to be sure that there were no victims of teasing. This wonderful school will remain in my mind and heart forever. I feel that this school really lives up to its name.
--Eva Mendelsohn, graduate

P is for People, they're all different it's true,
R is for Respect we have for cultures, old and new,
O is for Overall, a completed view of life,
G is for Giving back something full of light.
R is for Reaching deep inside your soul, Realizing you're a person too, special, new and whole,
E is for Everyone, who has unique thoughts,
S is for Special teachers, we remember what they taught.
S is for Secure, for this is what we are,
I is for Imagination, it'll take you far,
V is for Values, and we're taught them with great care,
E is for the End of the best times we've had anywhere.
--Jamuna Kelley, graduate closequote

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There are so many things I would like to say to all of you, but you would be reading for hours!  I really just want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for what Progressive has done for my life.  I may not have conceived how entirely special the school was when I was younger, but after I moved on to middle school I realized the influence it had on my life. At Progressive not only did I make great friends, and learn, I was taught the most important life lessons, and treated with respect.  After fifth grade when I moved on to public school I saw how different the kids were from the students at Progressive.

I did not feel the same sense of intelligence, acceptance, love, and care that I had known in all my other years of grade school.

The six years I spent at Progressive have made a permanent influence on my life.  I will never forget any teachers, friends, field trips, school plays, field days, fun at Baldwin Park, or the mornings of quiet time.  Art with Melanie, Spanish and crafts with Eva, and music with Dr. Rothgaber and Amy are also memories that I will cherish. I remember everything so vividly.

After all these years I am finally done with school.  I graduated from W.T. Clarke High School with honors and a rank of 51.  I am now attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for my artwork.  My good grades and my love for art would not exist if it wasn’t for Progressive_.

Progressive School of Long Island

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