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What a Spirit Week Would Mean This Year

Why and how Spirit Week should happen this year

Opinion of Noelle Avena

Fun is of premier i m p o r t a n c e when it comes to harboring a healthy and useful high school e n v i r o n m e n t . This time last year, we enjoyed Spirit Week, Homecoming, fall sports wrapping up, the
last pasta parties of the season, pep rallies, competition, and Halloween festivities to lift our spirits. Now, when we need that boost more than ever before, there is a void. When students aren’t able to have fun
through school-led activities, they will inevitably start looking to out of school gatherings for ways to spend time with their friends and maintain a degree of normalcy. This is a huge health risk, but expecting students to continue without activities is unsustainable. We must find solutions. The concept may sound overly simplistic, but having a Spirit Week will promote what students are in need of: creativity, overall energy, productivity, and a mood boost.

  1. Dress up days would be separate for the
    cohorts, so no one misses out. Then comes the
    issue of competition between the classes. Not
    only would this be complicated to tally and
    execute, but it would also encourage division
    at a time when unity is already scarce. There
    could be competition between the cohorts, or
    none at all.
  2. In replacement of pep rallies, teachers
    could run their activities within their small
    classes. They wouldn’t have to be anything
    dramatic, maybe a Kahoot at the end of
    class or a quick project. The activities can be
    subject related or whatever teachers see fitting
    appropriately into their individual plans.
    The important part is showing students that
    teachers care and want to develop a classroom
    bond, which is weaker than usual this year.
  3. Teachers— plan outdoor activities with
    your students, even brief ones. Fresh air
    and movement in the Era of Zoom are vital.

Though it can be argued that exercising in masks is tiring and uncomfortable, students can remove their masks and have a break from them when outside and six feet apart.

  1. There’s no health risk with dressing
    up, but there is with taking photos. If it
    was communicated to students that taking
    photos outside is not to happen this year, I
    have confidence that safety protocols will
    be respected. Though there have been issues
    with safety and behavior during Spirit Week
    in the past, it’s clear that the general mindset
    of the student body is dramatically changed
    from what it was in other years over the past
    months. Every student will be grateful, simply
    for the opportunity to have Spirit Week.
    If school can be safely held in the hybrid
    model, the same effort should be put into
    planning supplementary activities for the
    students. Each activity planned would have
    to be examined tediously to ensure complete
    safety. But instead of feeling defeated by
    events that can’t happen this year, we can
    create a completely unique pandemic-style
    Spirit Week that can be a small step in the
    right direction of promoting well-managed
    and supervised student activities.

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