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AYER — The four 4th-grade classes at Page Hilltop School have been enjoying their time as the big fishes in a small pond. They have had many experiences including going to Nature’s Classroom, taking MCAS, participating in Multicultural Day, attending the father-daughter dance or the mother-son game night and dunking their principal as an American Cancer Society fund-raiser.

On June 16, the students got to celebrate their accomplishments at a barbecue that was prepared just for them. They enjoyed burgers and hot dogs with some other “typical picnic fare” such as chips and watermelon. The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) even provided Cool Dogs as an ice cream treat.

Principal Rob Ackerman could be found on the playground sitting in a dunk tank. For a one dollar donation to the American Cancer Society, they each had a few chances to dunk the leader of the school they would soon be leaving.

Next year will bring new challenges and excitement for this group that will be traveling across the parking lot to the Ayer Middle School. This scene will not be repeated next year due to district restructuring that will bring the fifth grade back to Page Hilltop. So the incoming fourth-graders will not be “graduating” next year, but they will get an extra year to enjoy the fun events and learning provided by the school.

“This group of fourth-graders will surely be missed. They have worked hard and been successful in and out of the classroom,” said Ackerman. “I remember when they were second-graders when I first arrived in Ayer. My initial thoughts were that this is a special group of students. Over the last few years they have done nothing but solidify my initial thinking.”

“When you take a minute to think back at all that you have accomplished and experienced at Page Hilltop, you should be proud. You have made many new friends, worked with great teachers and discovered countless new ideas and concepts,” said Assistant Principal Amy Emma. “Your teachers have given you all the tools you need as you start the fifth grade. Your teachers and I are especially happy to see how you demonstrate good manners, kindness toward others, and a great enthusiasm toward learning.”

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