The Junior/Senior High School kicked off the school year with HOWL Week. HOWL is an acronym, much like NASA. It stands for Helping Outstanding Wolves Lead and launched us into a brand new school year with a variety of fun activities.
On Monday, teachers hosted teamwork classroom activities. For example, Mr. Azure and Ms. Welch led handgames, while Mr. Toavs was responsible for a paper airplane competition. In other rooms, some games were Cup Tower, Bottle Rockets, and Two Truths and a Lie. Students rotated through their schedules and played the games set up by their teachers. One favorite game mentioned by a junior high student was sitting facing away from a partner (back to back typically) and drawing. Bell-Ins and Bell-Outs were related to the activities.
When Tuesday morning arrived, everyone started outside. During class meetings, students came up with ideas for class goals and prizes. The high school also selected class officers.
For Wednesday, the school counselors provided the Bell-In. What can we do to make our school a better place for each other? started off the day. The answers that students brainstormed were artistically added to paw prints. Erin Loendorf, the high school counselor, worked with a team to get the paws cut out, and they were posted on a display bulletin board the very next day. Now, as students pass through the main lobby, they can often be seen looking over the responses.
Thursday started off with regular classes, but the periods were significantly abbreviated, or shortened to about thirty minutes each. To close out the week, everyone present got the opportunity to have a HOWL fun day. This time, games were both outside and indoors, spread out all across campus. It was a good introduction (or refresher) on the names of various locations, such as the front lawn, the practice field, and the auditorium. Evidence of one outdoor activity was lots of water balloon pieces and wet clothing. It was a hot day, but the water balloon rotation was a particular hit!
As the week closed out, one high schooler said, “I feel like a kid again, and, yes, that’s a good thing.”