Back to School Quotes PowerPoint. Beginning of the year inspirational quotes to motivate your students with success strategies for the new school year.Use at Back to School Night, Open House, Parent Night, or on the first day of school. Smooth Sailing through the Year Ahead - Beginning of the Year introduction. Slides have a sailing theme with a variety of photos of tugboats, barges, yachts, and ships on the Hudson River. I have added a music clip from Microsoft to play across all the slides, but you can change it to something different if you would like or if the link ever becomes broken. (Add your own music or use music from PowerPoint clip art) to start the beginning of the year off in the right spirit. Use it any time you wish to motivate your students to be successful. Slides can be printed out as posters or on cards for the classroom as well. Smooth Sailing Through the Year will put your students on the right course for success. Quotes from famous people such as Mark Twain, Norman Vincent Peale, Henry Thoreau, Dale Carnegie, Ben Franklin, Mark Spitz, and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few, promote character traits necessary for success. The inspirational quotes are accompanied by the photos of boats on the Hudson River, and can advance automatically with the music. Total playing time is about 4 minutes.