After 39 Years

Momentarily sitting down, band and orchestra teacher Renee Fidler exchanges violin for piano during another marathon day of teaching in her 39th year. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“I just lost it!”

When Renee Fidler walked off the stage after her last big evening concert with the kids earlier this week, the theater manager played Don’t Walk Away, Renee. Continue reading “After 39 Years”

“It Just Feels Nice”

While her Baker Buddy classmates pack community gift bags for local veteran’s shelters, Lindsay Kasprowicz works on a card to add to hers. 
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Early Tuesday morning — long before the first bell rang — Baker Middle School students gathered together to package up grab bags for homeless veterans. Continue reading ““It Just Feels Nice””

Send Your “Grad” a “Gram”

“Rollin’ With It”

Macy Van Tiem, in pink, and her friends from Costello Elementary wait, watch, then celebrate as a classmate bowls at Troy Lanes.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

A Monday morning in May, a bunch of fifth-graders not in school, pizza, bowling …

How can you make things any better?

Why, by turning off the lights of course! Continue reading ““Rollin’ With It””

Ethnic Flair

Athens seniors Christina Bouey and Ellory Thill show off their bindis in the late evening light at the school’s Ethnic Fair. (photo by Rodney Curtis)

“We’re just listening to music and enjoying our time here,” said Athens High senior Nisha Desai as she broke into a spontaneous dance with some of her friends in the school’s cafeteria. “This is basically just a bunch of countries getting together and representing their culture. It’s an amazing event. It brings our entire school together.” Continue reading “Ethnic Flair”

“Senior” Prom

James Savage dances first with Troy High junior Gracie Malotke and then with his wife Betty. “I taught him to dance,” Betty said. Asked if he’s a good dancer, Betty replied, “He is now!” (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“I love it because we never got to go to the senior prom together,” said Fran Walden, dancing with her husband. “So now, after 52 years of marriage, we get to!”

They weren’t alone. Continue reading ““Senior” Prom”

Bubbles For Autism

“It was really fun blowing bubbles for everybody who is autistic,” said 4th-grader Katie Wilson, left. (photo by Rodney Curtis/

Celebrating Hats Off to Autism Day and Autism Acceptance Month at Barnard Elementary, staff, students, teachers and administrators wore blue, talked about friendship, then blew bubbles en masse. Continue reading “Bubbles For Autism”

International Night

During International Night at Troy Union Elementary, Radhika Shah — a mother and volunteer — paints a henna tattoo on 5th-grader Bia Barato while her daughter, 1st-grader Kairavi, watches.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

The food in the Troy Union cafeteria was particularly good Tuesday night.

“I liked that we got to eat different food from other countries and see their cultures,” said student Valeria Miranda.

The school was celebrating International Night with dancing, displays, food and music. Continue reading “International Night”

“Great Weather and Good Attitudes”

The Larson track team runs sprints during Tuesday afternoon practice.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

It’s not easy finding the Larson Middle School track.

You can ask the kid on his bike riding away from the school. He’ll point behind him and keep riding. Or you can ask the band kids as they’re walking home and they’ll point to a seemingly seamless line of trees.

But walk toward those trees and you’ll see a pathway in the budding spring growth. Follow it, cross over a pretty brook and opening up before you — like an entirely new part of Troy that you never knew existed — you’ll see the track and about 160 7th and 8th grade boys and girls beginning their conditioning. Continue reading ““Great Weather and Good Attitudes””

Mr. Troy High

The Mr. Troy High contestants, in all manner of dress, hang out backstage before Thursday night’s event. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Maybe you don’t consider waffle making and donut eating a talent. But if you were in the crowd at Troy High last night, you probably would’ve clapped just as loudly for them as you would’ve for the excellent piano playing, singing, dancing, juggling while skateboarding and yes, even a striptease.

Welcome to the 2017 Mr. Troy High pageant. Continue reading “Mr. Troy High”

Back to School … WAY Back!

Because they supposedly didn’t do their homework, Costello Elementary 2nd-graders Jalen Jones and Katherine Heywood volunteered to wear dunce caps, like their forebears did back in the 1870s.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Sit up straight.

Fold your hands on the desk in front of you.

Maybe Costello Elementary second-graders weren’t prepared for the realities of school life Troy, circa the 1870s. But then again, maybe they were. Continue reading “Back to School … WAY Back!”