Have the group in charge line the gym walls with sheet of roll paper, so all walls in the dance area are covered. Tell students to wear old clothes (white t-shirts, old blue jeans work best), and the admission to the dance can consist of money and a marker. Their marker will be used through out the dance. Students are welcome to bring yearbooks, senior memory books, or portfolios for people to sign and write on. Allow students to write graffiti on the walls (which are covered in roll paper), as well as write messages on each other’s clothing. This gives them a chance to meet new people and get their yearbooks signed all at once! The shirts with their classmate’s signatures on them are always very popular to wear to school and to football games! This is a great way to boost school spirit, and actually have fun doing it!!!
What do Monsters eat at Hallowe’en? The eat Monster hash at the Monster Mash! Create a little monster hash for your monsters to eat. Masks are then provided to dress up your monsters and they must eat the hash through the mask! It’s a ghoulish mess!
As you all know, Christmas is right around the corner. We’re already planning things out here at Holy Cross. I thought maybe I’d share some of our plans, in the hopes that you all could try these at your schools, and maybe even contribute some of your favorite Christmas activities. Here’s what we have planned:
1. Candy Grams. Student pays 25 cents, which buys them a little sheet of paper plus a candy cane later on. We have printed out for us TAG room lists, and glue them on an envelope. These are then put up on a wall in the caf. Students buy their candy grams, which can be sent out to friends, significant others, crushes, or even teachers and after writing a small message, place them in the appropriate envelope. The second last day finds SAC members staying after school to sort through the candy grams, and making sure each student receives a candy gram from ‘Santa Claus.’ They are then given out the last day of school, which is always crazy. Check out Costco or another Wholesaler for cheap candy canes!! Even try having inter-city candy grams, so students can send candy grams to students in other schools!
2. HO HO HO Trivia. We’ll be cruising the school with a tape recorder for a couple days, finding some spirited staff. They’ll be asked to say in their best Santa Claus voice, ‘Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!!’ This tape will then be played on morning announcements for the two weeks before holidays, playing maybe one or two a day. The winning TAG class gets a donut party!!
3. A Christmas Assembly. We’ve been granted an hour and half for a Christmas Assembly. It is a talent show pretty much. Acts are lighter in nature as opposed to a Coffee House (with poetry and whatnot.) We on SAC are coming up with a funny skit as I write!
4. Door Decorating Contest. We have an extended TAG on the 8th, which will give TAG classes lots of time to decorate their doors up for the season. This event brings so much spirit to the school, by means of simple decorations! We’ll judge the doors with another group in school, with the ultimate prize of a donut party or perhaps even a dress down day for the whole TAG class! I think we’ll have different categories, like religious, most creative’ should be lots of fun!
5. Christmas Float. We’re planning on entering a float in the Peterborough Christmas Parade at the start of December. We’ll get a flatbed truck, a driver, plus an energetic ‘Float Committee.’ It will be fun for all! Perhaps we’ll pick up on the theme of our dance, which is below. This activity is definitely beneficial to those SACs wishing to raise the profile of their school in the community. Try and get the band involved!!
6. Christmas Dance. Who can’t forget the Christmas Dance? Ours is the first Video Dance of the year, which will bring in many students. We’re going for a theme of Christmas in Hawaii.
7. Forum/Caf Decorating. We’ll also take some time to decorate the general areas of the school. We’re hoping our principal will buy a huge live tree like last year. It must have been 20 feet! The best thing to do afterwards with the tree would be to donate it to a seniors home as there is a week before Christmas of which we’re not in school this year. Also great for the school reputation!!
Hope I’ve provided you with some ideas. Hopefully they’ve inspired you to add some of yours!!
From: Stephen Telka
Holy Cross C.S.S. SAC President
Every Friday, our student’s council has a lunchtime activity. Everyone has come to know these activities as “T.G.I.F’s” (thank god it’s Friday activities). They are all very successful and I do suggest you try some… they are all easy and just take a few minutes to clean up or set up.
– Butter Carving (Buy blocks of cheap margarine and have students make sculptures. Give a prize to the best artist.
– Jell-O eating contest (First one to eat a plate of Jell-O wins a prize.)
– Scavenger Hunt (List of 5 not-so-easy-to-find items. In teams of 2, whoever finds the items first wins.)
– Great Gumball Game (plates of whip cream with hidden gumballs. Students cannot use their hands… first person to find gum and ball and blow a bubble wins.)
– Limbo and Karaoke (Lowest Limbo, and best impersonation.)
From: Mike Bembenek
Our principal and the two VP’s agreed to don full goalie equipment and stand in nets to face the students’ best shots for our United Way charity drive. It was three shots for a buck and you could blast away at one, or take one shot per administrator. The beauty of it (for the goalies) was that the harder the students tried to shoot, the wilder the shots became. The person with the most goals won a school t-shirt. It was a good event to get the students participating in our campaign — also less messy but more sweaty than the usual pie-in-the-face event.
The objective of this event is to make a tower of sugar cubes higher than all of the competitors. Team or single competitors are allowed to enter and there is no licking of the cubes to make them sticky. Cubes are provided and it’s harder than it looks.
You can also attempt to stack Oreo cookies. We found that the contestants ate the cookies rather than stacking them.
From: Johnny Preston