By Lily Munsee
In preparation for the Homecoming dance, Novato High had a spirit week leading up to the dance, where students had the option to dress up and show their school spirit.
There were five spirit days the week before Homecoming, all of which were based off the dance’s theme: Disney.
Monday’s theme was Monsters University, so students wore college gear. Tuesday was based on the movie Sleeping Beauty, so the theme was pajama day. Wednesday was twin day to represent the dynamic duo. Thursday was class color day for the rally, and Friday was Hawaiian day, representing Ohana, or Lilo and Stitch.
The spirit days are meant to increase school spirit and student participation in the days leading up to homecoming.
“It creates a fun vibe for the day,” said leadership teacher Stephanie Searle, “making it okay to look silly and enjoy each other's awesome attire.”
The spirit and rally committee, headed by senior Emma Ulrich and junior Brooke Long, research the different spirit day themes and determine what days students have liked most in the past. They then run their ideas by the leadership class and administration, who approve the spirit week.
“The Spirit and Rallies Committee will usually spend a couple of weeks thinking of ideas,” said Ulrich. “Then we will finalize the days, get them approved, and start publicizing.”
The leadership class puts a lot of thought into the themes for the days.
“We chose the spirit days off what would get most of the school’s population participation,” said senior and leadership student Sarah Bailey. “We want all the spirit days to be easy enough to dress up for, but spirited enough so that when you’re walking through the hallways, you know it’s a spirit day.”
Many students like the spirit days, as they provide a fun bonus to the school week and are not mandatory for those who do not wish to participate.
“I do like the spirit days a lot because I think it is a great way to incorporate joy and spirit into our school,” said junior Julia Stengel. “Academics can get hard and stressful but dressing up for a certain theme can begin to make school a little better.”
Although there are many themes the students love, a common favorite appears to be pajama day.
“I love pajama day the most because it is comfortable and cute,” said Stengel. “Sometimes groups will match in all onesies and take cute pictures together. It’s a way for people to feel as if they are still comfortable in bed while learning at school.”
It is even a favorite among the teachers.
“I personally love PJ day, or any day I can rock a tutu,” said Searle.