Everyday Heroes Birchwood's Academic Pep Rally

Congratulations to Birchwood’s finest dancers: Melissa Vultaggio, Christine Sepe, Dolores Rufrano, Caitlin Bishop, Linda Stauder, Jill Okurowski, Elizabeth Weis, Kristen Lally, Danielle Giannuzzi, Melissa Marando, Jen DelGiorno, Tracey Maddy, Jasmery Sudler, Ilisa Guittard, Kristen Algierie, Janet Schizzano, Jennifer Provda, Charlene Vienne, Caitlin Smith, Jennifer Rodriguez, Sherley Ortiz, Jackie Patino, Paul Kosak, and Jessica Flinn.
Congratulations to Birchwood’s finest dancers: Melissa Vultaggio, Christine Sepe, Dolores Rufrano, Caitlin Bishop, Linda Stauder, Jill Okurowski, Elizabeth Weis, Kristen Lally, Danielle Giannuzzi, Melissa Marando, Jen DelGiorno, Tracey Maddy, Jasmery Sudler, Ilisa Guittard, Kristen Algierie, Janet Schizzano, Jennifer Provda, Charlene Vienne, Caitlin Smith, Jennifer Rodriguez, Sherley Ortiz, Jackie Patino, Paul Kosak, and Jessica Flinn.
“Focusing on how working hard individually and with a team, sets the stage for success.” – Birchwood Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli.
“Focusing on how working hard individually and with a team, sets the stage for success.” – Birchwood Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli.
The Whitman Varsity Competitive Dance Team exhibited that with hard work, dedication, and keeping our actions positive, you can achieve success.
The Whitman Varsity Competitive Dance Team exhibited that with hard work, dedication, and keeping our actions positive, you can achieve success.

Birchwood held its annual Academic Pep Rally during the week of September 19-23rd.  This year’s theme was “Everyday Heroes.” Throughout the week students and staff celebrated education by focusing on how working hard individually and with a team, sets the stage for success.   Teachers read the book, You! by Sandra Magsamen to the students.  The overall theme of the book illustrates how our confidence and hard work can lead to being the best that we can be!

Birchwood students and teachers then brainstormed ideas on how they can achieve their goals.  Using the book,You!, teachers encouraged their students to think of ways they can accomplish their goals by using “I” messages. This reflective work was placed on a speech bubble template. The templates will be collected by class and displayed in the main hallway of Birchwood.

To follow and build on the theme of “Everyday Heroes” each classroom discussed reasons why we work together to achieve goals and dreams.  Each class collaborated and brainstormed ways that we all have the heart of a hero! Together, on heart templates the students described how working together can help to build the heart of a hero. This work reflected how the Birchwood spirit and joining together as a school and keeping our actions positive, can yield success.

Another special highlight of the week was our visit from the Whitman Varsity Competitive Dance Team, as well as a dance performance by Birchwood’s very own staff!  It was a great week and was accomplished with the fine work of the amazing Birchwood staff.