Patricia Cheadle knows it, just like the teachers and students she oversees at Marengo Elementary School.
The principal at the South Pasadena campus calls it “positive Marengo character” and she encouraged the 5th grade class taking part in the school’s promotion this week to take it with them onto their next educational pursuit – middle school.
Cheadle told the 2019 class to practice those traits “when you set goals, make decisions and work with others,” she said. “Don’t forget to be safe, responsible and respectful! We will miss you so much, but we know that you will continue to makes us proud.”
The theme of the day was “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World!” and Cheadle reinforced it during her message to the departing students.
Following her remarks, the large gathering, shaded under a canopy on the school’s playground, listened to a performance by the Marengo band, messages from student council presidents, ( with first semester president Laura Whang introduced the second semester president, Natalia Rodak ), memories from students, songs – “Tour the States,” “Count on Me” “A Million Dreams,” the presentation of the class gift and finally the issuing of certificates by Cheadle and Assistant Principal Katy Nielsen, signaling the advancement onto middle school for the 153 students.
Admiring the achievements of the 5th graders moving on were members of the local Board of Education, administration from both Marengo school and the district office and Marengo fifth grade teachers Ronald Aschieris, Jana Orozco, Linda Park, Kristin Pittman, Rachael Rod-Wong and Chelsea Webb.
In her sendoff message to the 2019 class, Cheadle concluded, saying: “We can’t wait to hear all about middle school. You are going to be amazing!”
She then added, stressing the theme: “Here is being the change you wish to see in the world!”