As summer comes to an end for students, teachers across the district are already back in their classrooms getting ready for the 2017–2018 school year. To prepare, Mrs. Yurkovich, art teacher at Washington Elementary School, led teachers and staff in a faculty meeting inspired by Painting with a Twist.
“This is a way for all of us to learn from each other and get ready for the new school year,” described Principal Mr. Chris Iacobelli. “It also gives everyone a chance to catch with each other after summer break.”
To begin the event, Mrs. Yurkovich had faculty participate in deep breathing and yoga exercise that she does with her students. After that, she walked them through painting a pineapple, meant to signify welcoming the students back to school. Each step of the process was displayed for the participants to see, allowing even the least artistic teachers to create a great-looking pineapple.
Amid the painting, there was a lot of laughter, as teachers discussed everything from summer vacations to wedding plans and project ideas.
As the paintings grew more and more detailed, Principal Iacobelli gave a presentation about important topics for the upcoming school year. Among the topics discussed were chaperone clearances, ideas for the use of empty rooms, updates on technology in the classroom (including computer time and laptop and iPad use), confidentiality updates, and more.
The positive energy in the room was undeniable. The only thing left to make Washington Elementary more lively is the students! After the paintings dry, they will be displayed in the front showcase to welcome the students on their first day.