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Poland assembly focuses on positive character traits

Sept. 28, 2018




Fifth-graders dancing and singing on stage


Poland Central School District fifth-graders perform on stage during the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28. Each PPP Assembly spotlights a grade level from kindergarten to fifth grade, and fifth-graders were featured this time.





POLAND – Being “prepared, productive and proud” – the Poland Central School District motto – means being in school every day, being on time, having your materials, being active, being engaged, working with your classmates and teachers, working for yourself, being respectful, trying your best and treating others how you want to be treated.

That’s how Poland Principal Greg Cuthbertson defined the motto during the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Sept. 28, for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“That’s all we ever ask of anybody in our building – to always try your best,” Cuthbertson said.

Poland started the PPP Assemblies last school year to honor students for showing various positive character traits, attendance, behavior and more, and the tradition will continue this school year.

The character trait for this assembly was caring, which Cuthbertson talked to students about and showed a video on.

He also asked teachers to help him select 10 students. Five of the students were asked to squeeze as much toothpaste out of tubes and onto plates as they could. Most of them said it was easy. Then the other five students were asked to put the toothpaste back into the tubes using spoons, and they all said it was hard.

Students picked up on the comparison between the toothpaste and words that come out of your mouth.

“Once you say it once, it’s out there,” Cuthbertson said. “You can apologize a thousand times, but you can’t take it back.”

Awards weren’t given out at this PPP Assembly so early in the school year, but school officials highlighted the awards that will be given out at the upcoming PPP Assemblies – including individual awards and class awards.

Students in the Poland Kids Against Pollution, Poverty and Prejudice club also spoke during the assembly and asked everyone to start bringing in clear plastic film for a recycling competition against other schools in the region.

Additionally, each PPP Assembly spotlights one grade level and a student or students from that grade. The student spotlight this time was on fifth-graders Amelia Guarascio and Braelyn Foster, who performed gymnastics. Amelia also was recognized for hosting two lemonade stands with her cousin to raise money for animals that suffered through Hurricane Harvey and for a park in Chadwicks that was vandalized. State Sen. Joseph Griffo also previously honored Amelia for her efforts and did a proclamation naming June 7 in Chadwicks after Amelia and her cousin.

The assembly wrapped up with the spotlight on fifth grade. Students sang and danced on stage as their teachers, John Allen and Todd Manley, coached them on from the back of the auditorium.

The next PPP Assembly is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2.



Fifth-graders singing and dancing on stage as other elementary students look on


Poland Central School District fifth-graders perform on stage during the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28. Each PPP Assembly spotlights a grade level from kindergarten to fifth grade, and fifth-graders were featured this time.





Students squeeze toothpaste out of tubes


Poland Central School District elementary students squeeze toothpaste out of tubes during the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28. The activity was meant to show that words – like toothpaste – are easier to put out there than to take back.





Students use spoons to try to put toothpaste back in tubes


Poland Central School District elementary students use spoons to try to put toothpaste back in tubes during the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28. The activity was meant to show that words – like toothpaste – are easier to put out there than to take back.





Two students perform gymnastics


Poland Central School District fifth-graders Amelia Guarascio (left) and Braelyn Foster (right) perform gymnastics as the students spotlighted for the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28.





Principal Greg Cuthbertson talks to elementary students during assembly


Poland Central School District Principal Greg Cuthbertson speaks to students about caring and what it means to be “prepared, productive and proud” during the first PPP Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28.





KAP club members discuss recycling initiative in front of assembly


Poland Central School District students in the Kids Against Pollution, Poverty and Prejudice club speaking during the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28, about asking everyone to bring in clear plastic film for a recycling competition.





Fifth-graders dance and sing on stage


Poland Central School District fifth-graders perform on stage during the first Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly of the school year on Friday, Sept. 28. Each PPP Assembly spotlights a grade level from kindergarten to fifth grade, and fifth-graders were featured this time.