Community Kick-Off Day

  • dance party
    Students enjoy bubble-making, dancing, juggling, and more at ARHS’s Community Kick-Off Day in September. Photo: Tina Browne
  • juggling
    Students enjoy bubble-making, dancing, juggling, and more at ARHS’s Community Kick-Off Day in September. Photo: Tina Browne
  • friends
    Students enjoy bubble-making, dancing, juggling, and more at ARHS’s Community Kick-Off Day in September. Photo: Lee Larcheveque
  • bubbles
    Students enjoy bubble-making, dancing, juggling, and more at ARHS’s Community Kick-Off Day in September. Photo: Tina Browne

Juggling, capture the flag, Ultimate, and soccer were just a few of the activities that were offered on Community Kick-Off Day at ARHS on September 22, 2016.

Similar to “Dialogue Day” the annual event began in advisories. Students discussed ARHS’s new core values and watched videos about what it means to be accepting, supportive, diverse, upstanding, and accountable.

Students then chose one of the words from the core values that represented their advisory, and took a group picture. Afterward, all students went outside for an afternoon of fun.

“The PBIS Climate Team planned the day, to bring people together at the start of the year to build school norms,” said Assistant Principal Ericka Alschuler.

Community Kick-Off Day took lots of planning, which the PBIS Climate Team and Advisory Committee took part in.

“I am the head of the Advisory Committee, so I planned the schedule and helped to organize the campaign,” Ms. Alschuler said.

The committee planned over the summer and some days this fall leading up to the big day. “My part in planning the day was to collaborate and decide what would be the best way to get kids to come together,” said SSP teacher and Advisory Committee member Patricia Taylor.

She added, “We really want our students to feel like part of a positive, accepting community and to feel respected. I love advisory!”

Outside, a large banner with ARHS’s core values printed on it was available for everyone to sign. It was later hung up on a high wall that is visible to anyone walking toward the cafeteria.

A variety of activities took place for students to have fun with friends and teachers. Ms. Taylor saw
“so many smiles and a lot of laughter.”

Ms. Alschuler added that “outside time went well, and this is absolutely something that ARHS can look forward to in the future.”