Birchwood's Academic Pep Rally

Wildcat Willie and Principal Ciccarelli get things going at today’s pep rally.
Wildcat Willie and Principal Ciccarelli get things going at today’s pep rally.
Birchwoods finest performing for their students.
Birchwoods finest performing for their students.
Whitman’s Dance team is always a thrilling performance.
Whitman’s Dance team is always a thrilling performance.
The Dance team gets the Birchwood audience energized.
The Dance team gets the Birchwood audience energized.
Birchwood finished up its annual Academic Pep Rally this week. This year’s theme was the Heart of a Champion! combined with the theme of  I Like Myself! 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, I Like Myself! written by Karen Beaumont to the students. The overall theme of the book is that there are special qualities that make you who you are. Also, the book lends itself to being proud of what makes you different from others. Students received an “All About Me” template that allows the children to celebrate their good qualities. 

To highlight the idea of helping others, each student was given a large stamp template to write an acrostic poem using the letters of their name. For each letter the message should be a description of how to help Birchwood “stick together.” Each class will display their “All About Me” activities outside of their classrooms to celebrate themselves. The Stamp activities will be displayed in the main hallway following the theme – We all Stick Together!

The students also saw a motivational video entitled, “The Heart of a Champion,” which focused on the message that we can support each other to become better decision makers and to become better people. To have the heart of a champion we build these three good qualities: ATTITUDE, RESPECT and DETERMINATION. 

Our attitude will shape so many decisions we make. The more positive our outlook is, the more we keep pushing through difficulties. The more we learn, the more we practice, the better our ability becomes. Kids need to know that they can rise to high levels and achieve so many great things. The week ended with the Whitman Kick Line and 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 family.