March 11, 2014
NEWS BRIEFS Math Meet There will be a Varsity Math meet held in the cafeteria on Wednesday, March 12 starting at 2:15 p.m. Students must be in Algebra 2 or above in order to participate in the event.
Mr. Annandale Mr. Annandale will be taking place on Wednesday, March 12 in the Auditorium. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Tests will be held at AHS from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Exams will be administered in room 78.
Spring Pep Rally The Spring Pep Rally will take place on Friday, March 21 during W4. There will be a modified schedule that day in order to accomodate for this. The schedule will be W2/W8/W6/W4.
District X Orchestra The District X orchestra assessment was held at AHS on Saturday, March 8. The assessment is for midde school students.
First Day of Spring Spring officially begins on Thursday, March 20.
Spring Dance Leadership is holding the first annual spring dance at AHS. The theme of the dance is Color Craze. Students are expected to wear neon colors. The dance will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21 in the Cafeteria.
Heritage Night Rehersals Rehersals for the annual culture presentation will take place every Wednesday from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Class of 2015 Pizza Fundraiser The Class of 2015 will hold its pizza sale every Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m. The sale will take place in the hallway outside of the cafeteria.
Class of 2014 bake sale The Class of 2014 will be holding a bake sale on Wednesday, March 26 at 2:15 p.m. outside of the cafeteria.
Collaboration AHS will be observing collaboration on Thursday, March 13. The schedule will be as follows: W2/W8/W6/Atom Time Students will be released at 1:30 p.m. Busses will depart at 1:45 p.m.
Students have facilitated a new event for AHS BY JAROD GOLUB News Editor Leadership is hosting the first annual Spring Dance at AHS. The dance will take place on March 21 at 8:00 p.m. in the Main Gym. Tickets for the dance will cost $10 and can be bought at all lunches. “We took a vote on whether or not to have the dance and more than half of the class was for it, so that’s what we decided on,” Leadership student Eric Mejean said. The theme of the dance is “Color Craze” according to posters put up around the school. “The theme is a sort of neon out, we’re looking to have a lot of neon colors, neon lights and black lights,” Leadership student Melissa Pratt said. “We wanted to kind of give it a rave-like feel without it being an actual rave.” “We knew we wanted to do something this spring since the only dance we currently have is Homecoming.” Leadership adviser Carmen Bartley said. “We debated doing a Sadie Hawkins theme, but ultimately decided that we wanted a casual dance so that seniors aren’t having to pay for a formal dance and then for prom.” While Bartley helps to supervise the planning process, most of the ideas come from the students in the Leadership program. Bartley’s role is mainly as a financial adviser to the students and as a facilitator for their ideas.
Posters have been put up around the AHS by Leadership with information pertaining to the event.
The students themselves are the ones that come up with the ideas. “Many other schools have winter or spring dances and we thought it would be kind of fun to have something different besides the very formal homecoming and prom,” Pratt said. “In the past we’ve heard that kids might be
Spring Spirit Week arrives Minor changes made to Spirit Week events BY JAROD GOLUB News Editor As the third and last Spirit Week of the year approaches, Leadership students have developed a system of planning and executing the events of the week. “We do three [spirit weeks] each year, so by the time we get to the spring, we’ve sort of figured out what the students like and what they will dress up for,” Leadership adviser Carmen Bartley said. The themes of each day for Spring Spirit Week are as follows; Bumday Monday, Neon Tuesday, USA Wednesday, Tie-Dye Thursday and Atomic Friday. The days will take place the week of March 17-21. The Leadership students choose
specific days for Spirit Week that they believe will work the best for other students. “We try to choose relatively easy days, so that everyone can partake,” Leadership student Eric Mejean said. “We don’t want kids to have to go out and go shopping for spirit week, we want them to be able to use things that they already have.” Spring Spirit Week is going to be a little different. In the past, the week has just led up to the pep rally on Friday. This year, however, the week will also lead up to the Spring Color Craze Dance, as well as the Peachfuzz game during the week on March 18. “Spirit Week will lead up to the dance and during that week we will also have the Peachfuzz game, similar to Powderpuff during the homecoming week,” Leadership student Melissa Pratt said. Along with adding the Spring Dance, Leadership is also planning to make the pep rally more student-
Part of the job of the Leadership students is to create decorations for the events.
oriented. “We are going to have student relays and we are going to do little competitions between the sports,” Mejean said. “It’s going to be a little different than our traditional pep
rally, but you’ll see a lot of the same aspects.” Despite the minor changes, Spirit Week will remain true to its roots.
Peachfuzz match to take place Spirit Week volleyball game provides male alternative to Powderpuff
Annandale Bible Study On Friday, March 21, Annandale Bible Study will be held from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Clausen Hall.
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interested,” Mejean said. “Not everyone gets a chance to go to prom, so we decided to have another homecoming-like spirit week in the spring.” The Leadership students did not have an easy time planning the spring dance. It is an entirely different process than planning an old tradition than beginning a new one. “One reason it [planning a new event] is difficult is promoting it to students because they’re not used to it like they are to, say, the homecoming dance or prom,” Bartley said. “So it’s getting the word out there and making sure that everyone knows about it and is excited about.” There is also nothing for the students to base the dance off of since this is the first time that a Spring dance is happening. “The planning process is kind of starting from scratch because this is the first time that we’ve done this,” Pratt said. “So we had to come up with what we’re going to do for decorations, how we’re going to deal with security and stuff like that.” Students can buy tickets to the dance at all lunches. For the juniors and seniors a percent of the proceeds will go into their prom funds. “50 percent of seniors ticket sales go towards their fund, and 30 percent of junior proceeds will go towards the junior class,” Bartley said. Leadership is hoping to use the dance as an opportunity to raise more funds to be used for future events. “We hope to break even with ticket sales, so we hope a lot of people will come out,” Pratt said.
Mock SAT/ACT Exams
Leadership plans dance
IB Art Exam IB Art students are required to talk about their artwork for a total of 15 minutes. Tests will be administered between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
At the annual Powderpuff game, boys cheer for and coach the grade that they belong to. The Peachfuzz match will be utilizing the same idea with the girl coaches and cheerleaders.
Leadership will be sponsoring the first annual AHS Peachfuzz volleyball game on March 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym. Peachfuzz is a volleyball game played in the spring that is available to junior and senior boys. “Peachfuzz is a boys volleyball game that is similar to girls Powerpuff,” Leadership sponsor Carmen Bartley said. Powderpuff is an annual girls football game that is played in the fall in the week preceding the
Homecoming Dance. Powderpuff and Peachfuzz offer girls and boys a chance to participate in sports that do not have teams for their sex. “We wanted to host an event in the spring to have another fun event during our spring spirit week to accompany the new spring dance.” Bartley said. “It will also offer a male alternative to Powderpuff in the fall. There are two coaches for both teams that will help the junior and senior boys. Also similar to Powderpuff, the coaches for the teams will be of the opposite sex. The junior coaches are Kaitlyn Cook and Erin Johnson. In order to prepare for the game, the boys will have a total of three practices taking place over the course of about two weeks, similar to the Powderpuff game. “There are three practices leading up to the game,” Bartley said. “We are hoping for two teams, one team of 15 junior boys and one team of 15 senior boys.”
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