Recorder: "Last day of school at Newton Elementary filled with sunshine"

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GREENFIELD — Before students embarked on the annual tradition of a “clap out” to end their final day of school at Newton Elementary this year, fourth-grade students had the chance to be honored in a stepping-up ceremony Friday morning.

Before a packed house of parents, with cars squeezed into the parking lot and lining Shelburne Road, Principal Melodie Goodwin and staff held the ceremony in the playground area behind the school.

“You’ll always remain a Newtonian,” Goodwin told the students on a sunkissed morning.

Students and faculty were recognized for perfect attendance and leadership, before fourth-graders walked across an impromptu stage.

Reflecting on another year gone by, Goodwin called to mind the always relevant book of rhymes and recommendations.

“It’s kind of like a Dr. Seuss moment, ‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’” Goodwin said to the students who are set to head to Greenfield Middle School in the fall.

Fourth-grade teacher Jami Witherell, who recently helped to surprise her students with their favorite British yoga YouTube star, told the students not to be strangers as they continue their educational endeavors.

“We want to see you and want to hear about all of your challenges and successes,” Witherell said.

You can reach Joshua Solomon at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.