Sunday, October 08, 2006

Homecoming finished

After the energy drinks, the fast food, the zombie stares, and the class clowning, the week that is Homecoming is finally over. The Seniors won the week with a commanding performance in their homecoming skit that was focused around the Star Wars universe. It was fun for the kids, fodder for the paper, and fairly irritating for the teachers.

Thank God it is over.

I've received a few e-mails about my negative attitude towards Homecoming, most stating that it is one of the positive things that happens at a school that has fights, drugs and gangs. I should probably clarify what I'd like to see with Homecoming Week.

First, stop reading the Ukiah Daily Journal. For some reason, the image of the high school is one of a drug infested institution that promotes mortal combat and has a different street gang on every corner. My first recommendation is that you cancel the Daily Journal.

Second, tone down Homecoming Week. This year's homecoming became totally invasive to the academic progress of students. I've had students miss 4 of the 5 days this week to do homecoming activities. Is that something that should be promoted? What about the dead eyed students that spent all night working on homecoming, only to come to school to sleep in class? More promotion? How about this:
-Dump the kiosk. It is a waste of time and energy, serving little purpose in the overall Week's activities.
-Dump the backdrop. It is another event that makes kids stay up late at night, including staying up to place them in the gym.
-Stop all lunchtime rallies. Students miss third and fourth period to prepare for the various lunchtime rallies.
-Have a rule stating that points are deducted for students that work on floats or skits after curfew.

Everything should be in moderation, including Homecoming Week. The ability for kids to manage a number of events and issues should be a priority for the teachers to instruct to students. Saying that, we need to remember that schools are academic institution.
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