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Troy Cronin Elementary students delight in principal's continued morning announcements

Troy Cronin Elementary School students Olivia and McKenna Graf, with their older sister, Emma, stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at home each morning when Principal Jill Howard reads the school’s morning announcements during the current period of e-learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Troy Cronin Elementary School students Olivia and McKenna Graf, with their older sister, Emma, stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at home each morning when Principal Jill Howard reads the school’s morning announcements during the current period of e-learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Troy Cronin Elementary School Principal Jill Howard is continuing her morning announcements, which she typically gave live on the school’s intercom while school was in session.

These days, she records the announcements and posts them on the website her students use for their assignments.

The morning announcements include who is having a birthday, the Pledge of Allegiance, special school announcements or a fact or challenge for the day and a moment of silence for personal reflection.

They’ve always been a great way to get the students in gear for learning, Howard said.

“When I was thinking how we could keep school as normal as possible,” Howard said, “I thought, well, we normally start our day with the announcements, so why don’t we continue our days with the announcements. It’s a nice way for our entire building to continue to be connected.”

Yvonne Graf has two children at Cronin – Olivia and McKenna – and said they loves watching their principal reading the morning announcements.

“I think it gives them normalcy,” Graf said in a news release. “The other day, you could hear Mrs. Howard’s cat meowing, and the girls loved it.”

Graf said Olivia and McKenna listen to the announcements before beginning their schoolwork.

“They stand up when they say the Pledge of Allegiance,” Graf said. "They answer Mrs. Howard’s questions, and they wave at her like she’s there.”

Olivia said hearing the announcements makes her happy and feel like she’s at school with her friends and teachers. 

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