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Rye Middle School Teacher Becomes Sixth-Grader For Day

At an orientation on Feb. 5 for elementary school parents of incoming sixth-graders, Rye Middle School Principal Ann Edwards premiered an informational video with a comedic spin, chronicling a day in the life of a “sixth-grader.”
At an orientation on Feb. 5 for elementary school parents of incoming sixth-graders, Rye Middle School Principal Ann Edwards premiered an informational video with a comedic spin, chronicling a day in the life of a “sixth-grader.” Video Credit: AE5y5DV7haaUmWAL3j3bqQ

RYE, N.Y. -- At an orientation held for elementary school parents of incoming sixth-graders on Thursday, Feb. 5, Rye Middle School Principal Ann Edwards premiered an informational video with a comedic spin, featuring Rye Middle School engineering teacher Sal Curella chronicling a day in the life of a sixth-grader.

In the video titled “Sal’s First Day,”  Curella played the part of the young student as Rye High School history teacher Judd Rothstein (a familiar face in Rye High School video shorts) took on the role of the dad dropping off his son on the first day of school.

By using this video format, parents in the audience had the opportunity to see many of the friendly faces that their children will be interacting with over the course of the next three years, as Sal’s character takes on the challenges of being in a whole new school.

“What happens if I am late to class? Who do I sit with in the cafeteria? How do I open my locker? What are some of the extracurricular activities and sports I can get involved in?” These are just some of Sal’s many questions that are answered in this video intended for future Rye Middle School parents and students. Watch as administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and support staff put Sal’s nerves at ease as they help him through his day.

“Sal’s First Day” was produced by Curella and Rye High School history teacher Judd Rothstein. Andrew Dapolite provided the videography and editing.

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