Daily Mountain Eagle
Teachers at Memorial Park Elementary School had movies on their minds when they selected a theme for the 2011-2012 school year.
"They're free to do whatever they want to with the theme," Memorial Park Principal Ann Jackson said about the Hollywood theme that now has a starring role at the school.
The halls of the elementary school are decorated with various Hollywood items. Many teachers have chosen to decorate their bulletin boards with crumpled paper to resemble popcorn. Other boards, such as the library bulletin board, have incorporated a young male performer that many students are familiar with -- Justin Bieber.
Additionally, some teachers are using an Oscars theme and incorporating clapboards and film reels into their designs.
Several kindergarten teachers agreed that the students have enthusiastically responded to the motif.
"They have loved the movie theme," teacher Missy Lay said.
Jackson said the Hollywood theme serves to recognize students as being stars, acknowledging them for their academic success.
While many bulletin boards accredit students, one board serves to highlight the faculty and staff of Memorial Park. Using the Hollywood scheme, many teachers dubbed their heads onto the bodies of movie characters, such as those from Toy Story. The lunchroom staff is featured as pop sensation, The Spice Girls, with "spice" referring to the food preparation by the women in the lunchroom.
Among the Tinseltown-themed items adorning each teacher's bulletin boards, individual student profiles line the walls of the school as well.
Jackson emphasized the importance of focusing on individual students. She said that all faculty members strive to make sure each student understands the lessons being taught in the classroom.
Faculty members are currently working to plan a fall festival in October, and Jackson, who has been principal at Memorial Park for 10 years, hopes to see future classrooms added to the current school building to accommodate the growing number of "star" students.