Back to School Night is a fun time at Holley

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Holley Elementary School teachers line up in teams by grade level during Tuesday evening's Back to School Night assembly in the intermediate gym.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 5 September 2017 at 11:10 pm

HOLLEY – Parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators gathered Tuesday evening at Holley Central Elementary School and Middle School/High School for Back to School Night.

The evening provided an opportunity for students to drop off their supplies and meet with teachers the evening before the first day of school.

The Elementary School held a special assembly/pep rally at 5:30 pm which included “star teacher” performances by teaching teams from all grade levels.

“We are thrilled to have you back with us, it’s been a long boring summer,” Elementary Principal Karri Schiavone said.

She invited families to get a first-hand look at new windows and playgrounds which were installed over the summer as part of the capital improvement project.

Schiavone told students that the school would be looking for “star students” all year long – students who show exemplary character traits.

Each grade level teaching team performed a short number as part of the “star teacher” search.  Here, the 1st Grade teachers get down as the “Dancing Grannies.”

Holley Elementary Assistant Principal Tim Artessa acted as master of ceremonies.  Here, he oversees the volunteer student panel of judges for the “star teacher” competition.  The students provided a “thumbs-up” or “thumbs-down” for each performance.
Artessa said the assembly showed the students were excited to start a new school year.  “The students were super respectful, even though there were some technical difficulties,” Artessa said. “They are ready to have the school year start on a positive note.”

4th grade teachers made crowns out of balloons and passed out balloon sculptures to students.

4th grade teacher Karin Richards hands out balloon animal sculptures to students.

6th grade teachers got the gym rockin’ with an air band performance of music by Journey.

The largest group of faculty and staff included music, art, and phys. ed. teachers as well as librarian Julie Bader. They performed to “YMCA” by the Village People.

One-half of the kindergarten teaching team performed as the Lullaby League from the Wizard of Oz.

The other half of the Kindergarten teaching team performed as the Lollypop Guild from the Wizard of Oz.

Families attending the Back to School Night at Holley Elementary School were able to see the latest improvements completed as part of the Capital Improvement Project, including the new bus loop.

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