Captain Jack Sparrow (Principal Michael McAuliff) commandeered the morning meeting at Parish Elementary School (PES) and saved these two swashbucklers (3rd grader Gabriel Pollack and 1st grader Hunter Hamilton) from walking the plank by asking them to join him in giving the school a welcoming “argh.” Daily morning meetings are a component of the Responsive Classroom model adopted by the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District for grades kindergarten through sixth. While the meetings typically take place in each classroom, the recent school-wide morning meeting followed the same guiding principles and included time to read a message-of-the-day, participate in a group activity and greet one another with pirate, witch, and ghost-inspired hellos.
Dressed to impress! Parish Elementary School students Madelyn Penfield, left, and Austin Smith, were partners for the school’s Halloween morning meeting and then joined their classmates for a parade around the village.
Howdy, partner! Parish Elementary School students Kassidy Fisher and Logan Birmingham from Michelle Kelly’s second grade class posed for this quick picture before saddling up and hitting the Halloween parade trail with their schoolmates.