Hopkins School kicked off the year with a touch of Olympic flair. On September 14, Principal Bilello emceed the opening ceremonies of the 2016-17 school year. Students marched into the gymnasium waving a flag that expressed his or her own individuality. It was a vibrant display as each national park team donned a color of the Olympic rings. After an inspiring multimedia presentation, students took to the field to form the Olympic rings. Waiting in the wings was a quadcopter manned by Mr. Ghosh, our director of technology. What a spectacular view!
The Olympic theme is the brainchild of physical education teacher Mary Lou Burns and Principal Bilello. Inspired by the passionate athletes of the Paralympic games, Ms. Burns envisioned running alternative events with Hopkins students. Principal Bilello jumped at the opportunity to carry the torch throughout the school year. For in many ways, the spirit of the Olympic games and its athletes embodies the spirit of the school and its students. “Yes, I can” has become the mantra of the Hopkins community.
In addition to the opening ceremonies, students are participating during their related arts classes. Ms. Barkin prepared students to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and is running a lesson comparing the anthems from various countries. Ms. Phillips is opening an Olympic-themed station in her art room. Still yet, Mrs. Weldon will be hosting the Library Olympics. There is even a Physical Education Google Classroom devoted to the Olympic activities. The goal is to keep the theme going until June when Mrs. Billelo and Ms. Babson will host the closing ceremonies at the final whole school meeting.
By: Steph Doty Technology Integration Coordinator Hopkins School @HopkinsTechLib / @BlendedTeaching Cross-posted to hpsdigital.org on Sept. 22, 2016