Footloose and fancy be!

 

Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun Pond Road Middle School Principal Paul Gizzo lends his umbrella to Lauren Kizely (center) and Natalie Perna (right) as they arrive for the 8th grade formal dance at Robbinsville High School Friday night, June 14.

Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun
Pond Road Middle School Principal Paul Gizzo lends his umbrella to Lauren Kizely (center) and Natalie Perna (right) as they arrive for the 8th grade formal dance at Robbinsville High School Friday night, June 14.

A deluge from a passing thunderstorm didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the more than 200 students arriving for their 8th grade formal dance Friday night, June 14 at Robbinsville High School, the building that will be their new home this fall.

As the rain poured down, Pond Road Middle School Principal Paul Gizzo and guidance counselor Marci Singer sprang into action with oversize golf umbrellas to keep the girls in their formal dresses dry as they walked from the parent drop-off point in the parking lot to the school. Students who were unimpeded by high heels decided to make a break for it and dashed through the puddles to the glass doors.

“Is there a teacher who can help me put on my tie?” was a familiar refrain from the boys who arrived holding their ties instead of wearing them.  Eighth-grade teacher Ed Holub came to the rescue, pulling double duty as both dance chaperone and resident expert on the half Windsor knot.

Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun Pond Road Middle School students Michael Cardona and Katie Benson arrive for the dance.

Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun
Pond Road Middle School students Michael Cardona and Katie Benson arrive for the dance.

It wasn’t long, however, before high-heels were off and the neckties were askew as the music of DJ Reggie Williams lured the kids out onto the crowded dance floor.

The Pond Road Middle School 8th grade formal had none of the drama taking place the same night 35 miles away in Readington, where the controversy over a ban on strapless dresses for eighth-graders had sparked a lawsuit from parents and a state police presence for the dance after a judge upheld the district’s dress code. (The show of force apparently was not for those who might dare to bare shoulders, but to keep the media away from an event that had attracted growing national attention.)

Robbinsville’s dance went smoothly without wardrobe-related issues or controversy, Gizzo said the following Monday.

“The kids had a great time,” Gizzo said. “There has never been anything like that here. The kids were very respectful and had a great night.”

Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun Pond Road Middle School guidance counselor Marci Singer at the 8th grade formal with (from left) Jessica Parylak, Maria Nitti, Sidney Schreir, Delaney Potter and Annie Brunner.

Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun
Pond Road Middle School guidance counselor Marci Singer at the 8th grade formal with (from left) Jessica Parylak, Maria Nitti, Sidney Schreir, Delaney Potter and Annie Brunner.

 

From left, Brandon Sankey, Paul Franzoni Danny Palmer sprint from the parking lot to Robbinsville High School after a thunderstorm rolled in just as students were arriving for the 8th grade formal dance.

From left, Brandon Sankey, Paul Franzoni Danny Palmer sprint from the parking lot to Robbinsville High School after a thunderstorm rolled in just as students were arriving for the 8th grade formal dance.

 

Principal Paul Gizzo holds an umbrella for Catherine Stephens and Aliah Daniel.

Principal Paul Gizzo holds an umbrella for Catherine Stephens and Aliah Daniel.

 

 

 


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