Journey to a High School Reunion — Sixth Grade



Sixth Grade — By this time we were split between TTBHS and HCS. So our Sixth Grade year we were the top class, the graduating class.


I don’t remember a lot about it, but our old school buildings, which were actually the Horseheads First Baptist Church, underwent a lot of changes once the high school students had moved to Breesport. And the changes have continued over the years.  Been a long time since I have been back, but I don’t think there is much of anything of our school rooms that we would still recognize.


There are two events from the sixth grade year that I do remember.  Actually, this first one may or may not be from the sixth grade year, but I’ll place it there in my memory, since it occurred at the HCS parking lot.

We had been on a field trip, I don’t remember of what, and had returned late to school.  We were waiting around for our parents to arrive to pick us up. We had broken up into small groups, and were standing around talking. The groups were somewhat fluid, and I was talking in a small group of boys. Somehow our conversation intersected with that of some girls.

I cannot remember the conversation leading up to it, but I remember a line Lynne Margeson said to me: “Can’t you ever talk about anything but serious stuff?” Well, the exact word choice might have been different, but the idea was that. Apparently she thought I couldn’t make small talk.

I have remembered that encounter all these years — just not with a lot of details, obviously.


The second event I remember I know was specifically sixth grade.  Mrs. Snyder had given an award the previous year to the music student who improved the most during the year.  I was determined to win that award in Sixth Grade.  I got myself up 15 minutes earlier every morning so I could practice 45 minutes a day instead of 30 to put the extra effort in.

The annual recital that year was in the new church sanctuary. I remember playing my piece from memory (I don’t remember what the piece was). I also remember winning the award, and Mrs. Snyder mentioning the effort I had put in, getting up early to rehearse.


Obviously a lot of other significant things happened in sixth grade. My memory is notoriously sparse on those events.  What do the rest of you HCSers remember from sixth grade?

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