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PCSD staff welcome back students with exciting, fun events on Aug. 21

Ridge-Brook First Day of School with students

August 26, 2019


Parma City School District began the 2019-2020 school year on Wednesday, August 21, and many schools had something special planned to welcome students back on the first day.


Hillside Middle School rolled out the red carpet to welcome back students. Teachers and staff lined up in front of the building, cheering, clapping and waving pom-poms as students arrived.


Similarly, Greenbriar Middle School students walked down the red carpet on the first day of school. Teachers and staff greeted students with a clap-in outside the building. Everyone cheered as students arrived, offering high fives, fist bumps and hugs as they walked the red carpet.


“For our teachers, our kids and our parents, this is a pretty cool day,” expressed Jill Schissler, Principal at Greenbriar Middle School. “They are excited, they are coming home and you can tell that people want to be here. This is just great community.”


She added the staff and students this school year will continue to build a healthy organization and focus on growth mindset.


Principal Steve Perry at Ridge-Brook Elementary School got the party started on the first day by DJing and playing music before school. Staff welcomed all students back to school by greeting them as they arrived. Perry also asked students what they did over summer break.


“We are really excited about the year and the kids are really excited about the year. You are going to hear me say a lot, ‘hashtag best year ever,’ it’s going to be my tagline,” Perry shared. “We are going to do a lot with PBIS this year, rewarding kids for good attendance and also continue students of the month.”


Parma Park Elementary School had a rainbow balloon arch outside, making a perfect photo opportunity for families. As students arrived, families were encouraged to stop and snap a photo to remember the first day of school. Green Valley Elementary School also had plenty of photo opportunities as students arrived to commemorate the first day. 


Both Normandy High School and Parma Senior High School welcomed students back to school with activities happening before school started. Parma Senior made a photo frame for students to take photos and selfies along with a tailgate party. Normandy’s staff clapped students in and the drumline played before school started to get students pumped up for a great school year.


Renwood Elementary had both a red carpet and balloon arch at the main entrance to celebrate the first day of school. Teachers and staff clapped in students who walked the red carpet into the school.


More PCSD First Day photos are available on the website at


PHOTO CAPTION: Students were welcomed back by staff at each PCSD building, including these students at Ridge-Brook Elementary School.