SARANAC LAKE - Teachers at Petrova aren't sticking to the same old song and dance this year on the first day of school.
Instead, they're performing Katy Perry's "Firework."
Teachers and staff members like bus drivers and cafeteria workers opened up the school year Tuesday with a surprise performance, singing and dancing the popular song throughout the aisles of the auditorium after all the elementary school students had gathered there.
Fifth-grade teacher Megan Archer smiles as elementary students gather in the Petrova auditorium during activities on the first day of school Tuesday in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
School Principal Josh Dann said the performance was part of an initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports that focuses on making sure kids are acting correctly in every setting, from the classroom to the bathroom to the cafeteria.
"Our focus was to show the kids that we're all one unit, and it doesn't matter if you're teachers, teaching assistants, bus drivers," Dann said. "The expectation is you're responsible to everybody, and everybody will hold you accountable."
Dann said they picked "Firework" because they knew the kids liked it, plus "we think that it's an exciting song." They only had one rehearsal being going live with their performance.
"We just thought that on the first day, singing a song and dancing would help the kids get motivated and excited about being at school," Dann said.