We had our own “Polar Express” Santa Parade thru the halls today at lunch – a first for us. We went down the main hall, like most small towns we only have the one main hall here, past the cafeteria (where we had 2 hosts broadcast on a live feed into the cafeteria) and then over into the big gym for judging. Had about 15 HR entries, a modest start on what we think will be a nice new holiday tradition. Entries included wagons, tricycles, skateboards, rollerblades, marching bands, choir, and several pets (only dogs though, the one class reported they couldn’t get the goat to get in the truck). The attached picture shows the start of the parade going past the main office……
From: Jeff Gerber
Student Activity Director
We held a “Sno-Globe Semi-Formal” and transformed our cafeteria into a snowglobe … put up plastic sheeting around the outside to simulate the ball, bought those blow-up santas/trees/snowmen from Rona (for your front lawn), threw some snow batting around them, and … here’s the best part, throughout the night went up into the catwalk and sprinkled snowflakes down onto the dancers (my leadership class collected 3-hole punch confetti from every room in the school, and made lots of use of the shredder in my office to create bags of “snow”) … sounds like a clean-up nightmare but it wasn’t – in fact, with a few brooms, the kids had it done in no time!
From: Callie Wark
Jacob Hespeler Secondary
Take pictures of 12 staff and students, girls and guys. variety of grades, but mostly higher profile kids and staff. Put them in Santa suits and take photos. It becomes a Home Room competition as people try to guess who is behind the beard.
from: Pete Kalbfleisch
Sir John A. Macdonald
It can get pretty tame running the same old door decorating contest each festive season. Try decorating your home room teacher. All of our participants had the opportunity to win a massage with a local therapist. Teachers got “decorated” by their students and went down to the cafeteria for a parade. Yes, the teacher on the left was plugged in with an extension cord! Those classes that did not decorate their teacher, got to stay in class and learn something.
from: Dave Conlon
Elmira District Secondary School
Our student council came up with the idea of making green, peppermint milkshakes for St. Patrick’s Day, which we did over a Friday noon hour. It was a hit, and sadly we didn’t buy enough supplies and sold out before the next class started. Just make sure you have enough blenders and also, do a test run a few days before to figure out how much milk and ice cream you need (we had two cups of milk and filled almost the rest with ice cream which filled three cups. We sold them for $1, but looking back could have sold them for more).
This is a fun activity for the students and can be done for any holiday or just during a slow month.
from: Laurie Guenther
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Not everyone is a romantic, so here is a way to accommodate the ones who are not lucky in love.
Olds High School has celebrated Anti-Valentine’s Day, which is apparently Friday, Feb. 15. The posters promoted that “Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone!” Students sold broken-heart cookies, played broken-heart love songs and had a Heart Stealing competition (where you don’t talk to the other kids or you lose your heart)! It’s a great day to dress in black. Think of all the country songs that you could play or the J. Geils Band had a great song . . . name that tune . . . “Love Stinks!” Or try Hannah Montana’s dad’s song, “Achy Breaky Heart!”
– Sandra Dorowicz
Olds High School, Alberta