Principal Susan Kim of Valley View Elementary School was nostaligic about the 10 graduating sixth graders who are leaving the school. Some have been there since Kindergarten, seven years.
"You have shown so many positive qualities, and I thank you parents," Kim said. "This is not an end, but actually a beginning. It is the future."
The small graduating group is relieved to be going to middle school, but many of them are going different directions, from Bancroft Middle School in Hollywood to Walter Reed Middle School in Studio City.
The principal made T-shirts with the new Panthers logo adopted this year at the small school.
The graduates are: Natalie Alvarado, Ethan Brown, Angela Bouldin, Grace Edle Von Graeve, Victoria Gefland, Jaime Marin, Marcela Perez-Martinez, Zachary Webster, Christopher Williams and Sydni Wilmore.
Music teacher Robin Randall's after-school singing group actually wrote a song for the graduates, and performed it in "Summertime's Begun." (See the videos above.)
See some of their speeches in the video attached above, and see them in the photo gallery. If you were there and have some of your own photos, please share.