Morning Announcements Go Virtual Too

Morning Announcements Go Virtual Too, Add Routine and Normalcy
Posted on 04/07/2020
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Morning announcementsAll across Lakota, students are starting their school days at home no different than they would if they were at school. While morning announcements are taking on a slightly different format than normal, they are still being used to take care of business and most importantly, set the tone for the day ahead. 

“My goal was to do something structured and create a sense of normalcy for our kids,” said Cherokee Elementary Principal Valerie Montgomery, who seamlessly continued the school’s regular daily TV announcements on day one of remote learning. She’s since tagged other school leaders to host as well. “I have gotten so much positive feedback from parents and students.” 

Like many of her colleagues, Montgomery rarely delivers her message alone. While she is accompanied by the school’s beloved cheetah mascot, others have been known to include other special guests, including their own families. “We are all about having fun at Woodland,” said Principal John Wise, whose co-hosts are oftentimes his four kids reporting on such topics as today’s lunch menu and the weather forecast. “It’s a great way to still make a connection and an impact during some very unusual times.” 

In the spirit of last week’s district-wide “Virtual Spirit Week,” many principals played right along, dawning their own themed attire during the morning announcements. Jokes of the day, talking therapy dogs and mystery reader clues certainly help break up the monotony of days spent at home. 

But continuing traditions like birthday shoutouts, live recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance (even if from a principal’s front porch) and familiar greetings like “Goooooooood morning Lakota East High School” are what are giving these daily messages the tone of normalcy that students need now more than ever. 

“The cubs love having this common routine to start their day of remote learning at home,” said Creekside ECS Principal Linda Pavlinac. “ It’s been a great way for me to stay connected with them since I don’t have a classroom.”

At Hopewell ECS, they are even continuing their daily “Hero High Five” recognitions, only now submitted by parents instead of teachers. And a Ridge Junior School, Principal Ben Brown is using the platform to deliver his “Brownie Points,” a weekly focus on a different facet of social and emotional learning.