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Spirit Week confusion

Posted By Volume 49 Senior Editors On November 25, 2009 @ 1:59 am In Editorials and Opinions | Comments Disabled

Planning for this year’s Spirit Week leading up to the annual pep rally and Powderpuff Game has been victim to a number of miscommunications between the administration’s leadership team and the Class Officers, who have been responsible for its preparations. The student body was notified several times of three different plans, each one involving fewer spirit days than before and culminating in a disappointingly short two-day Spirit Week.

The Spirit Week planning was spearheaded by the senior Class Officers, in conjunction with Wheeler House Guidance Counselor Kristen Bixby. The leadership team was represented by the four Housemasters, Assistant Principals Mary Scott and Purnima Vadhera, and Director of Guidance Robert Pomer.

Initially, the Class Officers proposed five days of theme-dressing with an inter-class competition, awarding points based on creativity, level of participation, and effort.

Wheeler Housemaster and senior Class Adviser Josepha Blocker raised concerns about the possibly inadequate planning time, theme days that would encourage school-inappropriate apparel, and the competition getting out of control. She agreed to a follow-up meeting on November 16 with the six senior Class Officers, two Class Presidents, and all four Housemasters to discuss Spirit Week.

According to the Class Officers, the Housemasters responded positively to the proposed plan of a three-day Spirit Week retaining the inter-class competition. Senior Class Officer Ben Chesler claimed that the Housemasters seemed “really excited, and [the Class Officers [left with everyone in agreement that we would have [the three-day plan]. All four grades immediately publicized this plan via Facebook and word of mouth.

The Housemasters and the rest of the leadership team, however, still had lingering concerns. So on November 17, Blocker notified the senior Class Officers of the decision for a two-day Spirit Week without a competition.

The Class Officers expressed both disappointment and surprise at what seemed an abrupt change of mind, and encouraged students to dress up for spirit on an individual basis, outside the official Spirit Week. While their dedication to their classes and South spirit is admirable, their reaction has the potential to perpetuate a bigger conflict between administration and students.

South’s comparative lack of spirit has been a much-discussed issue, but the bigger one at hand is the communication, or lack thereof, between administration and students and the misunderstandings’€often disproportionately upsetting’€that can arise from it.

For the optimal South community, Denebola urges clearer communication and the maintenance of mutually respectful relations between the administration and the student population.

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[1] Miscommunication hinders Spirit Week: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/11/25/miscommunication-hinders-spirit-week/

[2] Senior class officers add new flavor to traditional pep rally: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/12/23/senior-class-officers-add-new-flavor-to-traditional-pep-rally/

[3] Stembridge reacts to stress and spirit: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/10/21/stembridge-reacts-to-stress-and-spirit/

[4] Senior commons reopened: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/12/23/senior-commons-reopened/

[5] Rallying towards new spirit: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2007/10/25/rallying-towards-new-spirit/

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