Return home activities are gearing up for four high schools
Last year, COVID-19 upended homecoming, with schools in the area canceling or rearranging events to strike a balance between celebration and safety. This year, coming home will change again – gradually returning to business as usual.
Three schools in the area – Blair Oaks High School, Helias Catholic High School and Jefferson City High School – are having holiday parties this weekend, and Capital City High School’s back-to-school season is next weekend.
Iconic events such as the Reunion Parade, held last year as a drive-thru for Helias and JCHS, will return downtown, and virtual events, such as the JCHS Incentive Assembly, will be back in person.
Here’s what the ride home will look like for these area schools:
Blair Oaks High School
Principal Chris Marshall has said Blair Oaks will celebrate homecoming with a ‘Falcons got game’ board game theme that includes ‘Scrabble’ day, where students will wear a shirt with a letter and try to s ‘spell words throughout the day, and “Guess who?” day, during which the students will dress like a different person so that their classmates can guess their identity.
Regarding COVID-19 precautions, Marshall said Blair Oaks is operating at the green level, the lowest risk level for COVID-19, so students should spread out as much as possible but are not required to wear masks. He added that the parade will be open to the public, but the assembly will be limited to only parents of the reunion tribunal.
The Falcons’ return will consist of a Powder Puff game at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, a parade around campus followed by a assembly at 8:30 a.m. Friday, and a 7 p.m. game against Eldon. The reunion ball will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 3 in the cafeteria.
Hélias Catholic High School
Coming home from Catholic High School Helias will be a Disney-inspired ‘where dreams come true’ theme, and among the dress-up days there will be ‘Ohana Day,’ featuring the students’ Hawaiian and tropical dress, and “Disney Day”.
“The hope is that this year will be a little closer to what students might consider a normal homecoming,” said Rebecca Martin, director of communications and admissions.
While last year’s parade was a drive-through parade on campus, this one will “go back to tradition” downtown, Martin said. Events will run under the same protocols the school currently uses – masks will be required in indoor common areas where social distancing is not possible. The Homecoming dance will still be outside, Martin said, while the Powder Puff football game, replaced last year by a movie night, returns at 6 p.m. today at Ray Hentges Stadium.
The school will hold mass Wednesday at 10:20 a.m. at Rackers Field House, and the Helias Return Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in downtown Jefferson City. On Friday, the school will hold a 2 p.m. assembly at the Field House, and the soccer game will be held at 7 p.m. that night against Capital City High School.
The crusader ball will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the soccer field.
Jefferson City High School
The homecoming of Jefferson City High School will revolve around the theme “Jays: Out of this world”. The school’s sci-fi-inspired Mind Week will feature themes such as “Cryogenic Sleep Day,” also known as Pajama Day, and “Space Jam Wednesday,” where students will show off their favorite swimsuits.
The festivities will begin with a parade through downtown Jefferson City at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a cheering rally at 7:30 p.m. on the north side of the Capitol.
On Wednesday, the Jays will host a Powder Puff game at 7 p.m. at Adkins Stadium, and the pitch presentation will take place at half-time. The cost of admission is $ 5. After the game, there will be a bonfire on Stadium Boulevard and Jackson Street. The week’s events will conclude with a convention at 2:10 p.m. Friday at Fleming Fieldhouse which will be closed to the public, the return game against Hickman High School at 7:00 p.m. and dancing from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday. Dance participants will need a student ID and $ 7 to enter.
Communications director Ryan Burns said plans have been made to try and allow social distancing at JCHS and CCHS. The JCHS Homecoming dance will take place outdoors, and students will be required to wear masks for indoor events where social distancing is not possible, although changes to the district’s COVID-19 protocols may affect return protocols to the House.
Burns explained the circumstances that contributed to the current plan.
“Our numbers (of COVID-19 cases) this fall are comparable to our numbers last fall,” he said. “The biggest difference is that our students and staff are much more used to COVID protocols this year than they were last year, so taking the necessary precautions is more (of) an accepted routine than the last year when we were all getting used to things. . “
While planning the events, Student Council Advisor Rhiannon McKee said: “In a way this year has been easier because we are able to get closer to what we consider a version” normal ”of the reunion week. But the challenge is that we have a significant proportion of our children who don’t know exactly what this means to us. We had to take the time to explain events and traditions that we normally don’t have to explain.
Capital high school
The Capital City Cavaliers have adopted a “light with the flow” neon theme this year. The Capital City Homecoming will take place October 4-9 and will include events such as donuts and “Student Sunrise” coffee on Monday October 4, Tuesday evening, Cafeteria trivia on October 5, a game Powder Puff Football Wednesday, October October 6, a campus parade and cheering rally on Thursday October 7, featuring activities, clubs, performances and royal reunions. The CCHS football game is on Friday October 8 against Smith-Cotton, with the dancing taking place on Saturday.
For CCHS, this will be the first year for student courts, Powder Puff and a parade, said Tony Miriani, Student Council Advisor.
“The planning has been pretty much the same this year compared to last year,” said Miriani. “We have a very engaged student body, and they were excited to come up with new ideas while shaping our Cap City traditions.”
“Our students are looking forward to reunion week,” he added. “We have a senior year class for the first time in the history of our school and four full classes in the building now, so it’s a great feeling that adds to the excitement around the events.”