A pie in the face for Pi Day at Ocean City Primary School

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Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

OCEAN CITY — Students at the Ocean City Primary School had a sweet treat to end the school day for Pi Day on Friday, March 14, but they didn’t eat it. Instead, several whipped cream pies ended up in the faces of their teachers, as part of a reading challenge incorporating last week’s Read Across America.

In an effort to incorporate reading and math, math teacher Erin Porter and reading teachers Jenn Farrell and Kristen Morey created the Reading for Pi(e) Challenge. They hope this will become an annual event.

March 14 is considered Pi Day because it is the 14th day of the third month and the number pi is usually shortened to 3.14. But what is pi? Pi is an irrational number that represents the ratio of circumference and diameter of circles.

From Feb. 14 through March 13, students were encouraged to read as many books as they could and record their names and titles of each book on a paper piece of pie. The pieces of pie then were used to fill paper pie crusts for their class. This gave students the opportunity to learn about fractions and wholes as they read.

The class that read the most books in each grade level voted for certain staff members to get a pie in the face during an assembly on March 14. The winning classes were Mary Fran Riley's kindergarten class with 276 books; Jennifer Eget's first grade class with 315 books; Jennifer Ferrier's second grade class with 518 books; and Bruce Hunt and Heather William's third grade class with 187 books.

Three top readers from each grade level were called up to the stage. One had the chance to make the pie, one to pie the teacher and one received a gift certificate to Manco and Manco for a pizza pie.

In total, students read 2,912 books, so four staff members got pies in the face. The teachers were Aaron Bogushefsky, Cathy Smith, Ed Comby and Erin Porter. In addition, teacher Tiffany Lively also received a pie in the face in honor of her birthday.

During the day, the students also had the chance to learn more about pi in their classrooms.

Top readers in each grade were:

Kindergarten

Cristina Martin, Lily Berchtold, Brady Gaudet, Callie Lenki, Audrey Schroder, Callie Smith and Sydney Allison

First grade

Abby Dolinsky, Kyle Helphenstine, Evan Taylor, Alexa Shallcross, Rachel Palomeque and Joe Beradis

Second grade

Emily Mullins, Gwen Gray, Anna Stamm, Julia Gray, Riley Del Prete and Sophia Whelan

Third grade

Sean Randles, Jeremy Nordberg, Maddie Cherry, Julia Young, Lauren Doliszny and Katherine Doliszny

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers. Claire Lowe / Students at Ocean City Primary School attend an assembly in honor of Pi Day Friday, March 14 where the students had the chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers.

 


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