An "All about me" type of class activity. Great for the students to get to know each other as well as their new teacher. Works as a back to school activity that can remain on display through the end of the year. Kids can start working on theirs while parents chat w/teacher at Open House. $
Cool Bulletin Board idea to "spotlight" a student or famous person. I would do both. Maybe every week a different actor, playwright, designer, etc to research to extra credit or a weekly report, and every now and then a student, to make them feel special having been up on the same wall as a big name.
Got caught reading snapshot display or bulletin board. Students could write about what they are reading.