Homecoming week will feature a week of school spirit and pride.
Thomas Jefferson’s Leadership class has worked hard to set up the annual homecoming Spirit Week with a pep rally, bonfire, and more. Spirit Week will begin on Monday, September 19th, and finish on Friday the 23rd as students parade to the Homecoming game at All City Field. The pep rally will recognize fall athletes as well as various clubs and activities.
Spirit week kicks Monday off with Rep Yo Team Day, in which students will come representing their favorite sports teams. That night there is a Bonfire from 7- 8pm in the student parking lot. Be sure to bring money because classes and clubs will be selling food and drinks. Tuesday is Greaser Day, where students will wear their best 50’s outfits, as seen in the movie “Grease.” Make sure to take your Greaser selfie during lunch. Wednesday will be International Day, where students can support their different cultural backgrounds. Homecoming Royalty will be announced at lunch and food trucks will arrive during office hours. Thursday will be Jocks vs. Geeks day, and there will be an extended lunch to cheer on the Junior and Senior girls in the annual Powder Puff game. Friday, as always, is TJ day, where students can show off their Spartan gear.
The spirit days give students a chance to show pride in their school, while also allowing students to get excited for homecoming week. New Athletic Director Anne Rice is excited about this year’s spirit week, “This will be my first spirit week at TJ, so I’m really excited to have the opportunity to see all the school spirit from the kids and see them get involved even more than they are,” said Rice.
Friday will include a shortened class schedule, leading into the pep rally at the end of the day. During the pep rally, fall athletes will be honored as each team is called by sport. The pep rally will also feature a performance from the Monticello choir. Monticello is the highest level of choir at TJ, with students of various grades involved. Senior and Monticello member Olivia Palizzi is excited for her first performance of the year and explained, “I’m really looking forward to the student reaction from our performance, I think everyone is going to love our song choice.” Monticello will be performing Rosanna by Toto this year, something they have not performed before. The rally will also include a choreographed dance from the senior “Hot Boys” and an ROTC drill routine. Tailgating afterwards will run until around 4:45. The homecoming football game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at All City Field, against SkyView High School.
Spirit Week is designed to get students involved in their school and really show their pride. Junior and Leadership member Molly Little is excited to get students involved in this year’s spirit days: “We are planning on promoting on the Spartan Edition as well as creating posters to put up around the school. We want all the students to join in on the festivities this year!”