TOAST celebrates Pi Day with Pi(e) the Principals Day
N.Y. (March. 15, 2019) -- Two
principals took it on the chin – and in the nose and eyes – on Friday
when Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) celebrated
“Pi(e) the Principals Day.”
To be exact, some 440 students
earned the right to smoosh whipped-cream pies into the faces of
Principal Teresa Brown and Assistant Principal Katie Stalker.
The occasion for celebration
was two-fold: Thursday was Pi Day (an important holiday in a STEM-themed
elementary school) and almost every student in the school had met their
behavior expectations for the month.
Pi, or the Greek letter “π,” is the symbol used in math to represent a
constant – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is
always the same no matter what. It has an infinite number of decimal
places, but it’s 3.14 for short. Pi Day is celebrated worldwide on March
14, or 3/14.
To gear up for their event, Brown and Stalker donned shower caps,
goggles and plastic bags for the pi(e)-ing occasion. They poked their
heads through holes in cardboard cutouts of timber wolves, TOAST’s
mascot, and howled to encourage any student who might be hesitant to
come forward (there weren’t many).
The school went through 31 cans of whipped cream between 9 a.m. and
noon. Brown got a brief reprieve when she stood up for an interview with
Spectrum News, which covered the event.
Click here to see a
Facebook photo collection from the event. You don’t need a Facebook
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As a prelude to Pi(e) the Principals Day, Dr. Sridar Chittur, a member
of Albany Board of Education and a University at Albany scientist and
professor, willinging took whipped-cream pies to the face for donations
See those photos here.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High