Saturday, 6/2 at 2 pm New Paltz Central High School Auditorium, 130 S. Putt Corners Rd.
All are welcome!
A Few Words About Eighth Grade Presentations from Mr. Neel:
Some children at Mountain Laurel, who have journeyed through the early childhood program and all of the grades, have been with us for eleven years. After completing this carefully thought-out curriculum, which is intended to work profoundly on the students’ inner-being (not just fill their heads with dry facts) and takes into account all the subjects, from the cultural immersion of the language program to an outstanding music program like none other, these children are steeped in an ineffable richness that works within them for the rest of their lives. At this point, they are prepared for the right of passage that is the Eighth Grade. Of all the tasks the Eighth Grade must complete above and beyond the rigorous main lesson, such as playing in two or more orchestral performances, making a shirt by hand, making a piece of furniture by hand, being gracious in this tumultuous revolutionary time of their lives, performing in a play that is the culmination of years of practice, and graduating with grace, the greatest challenge is the Eighth Grade Presentations.
In our culture, there has been a loss of a ceremonial rite of passage for young people coming of age. The Eighth Grade year is such a rite in many ways. These presentations truly mark the height of these young people’s rite of passage into the next phase of their lives. They are venturing into the professional realm—seeking mentorship, seeking apprenticeship, seeking to learn something they know nothing about from a professional who they may not even know. They are seeking a symbiosis with the world at large and in our community. Through this process, which culminates in their presentation, these young people will emerge from this passage as part of our community in a new way—not as children any longer, but as young people with skills, standing on the threshold of adulthood.