Homecoming dress-up days begin Monday
Fairfield High School is adding a new event to homecoming this year — an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament will kickoff Thursday Rally Night at Trojan Stadium with parents, high school students and school district staff members forming and joining teams.
“The Ultimate Frisbee Tournament is replacing the jersey auction,” said Jeff Courtright, activities director. “I met with the student council and advisors, and administration, to discuss the pros and cons of the jersey auction. The auction was a very successful fundraiser but there seemed to be mixed feelings about how it made students and parents feel.
“Since there were mixed feelings about the auction, we decided to give something else a try. The Ultimate Frisbee Tournament idea was suggested and student council decided that it was worth attempting,” said Courtright.
“We hope many FHS students, FHS parents and FCSD staff members decide to form teams and participate in the event. The goal is to bring people together for a fun, entertaining and spirited event that will kick-off the Thursday Night Rally.”
Courtright said teams can choose to seek corporate sponsors to raise funds, however, it is not a requirement to enter a team.
Teams need to have at least seven people; teams can have more than seven and substitute players on the field, however only seven team members play at a time.
The registration fee is $10. Teams can seek sponsors for the registration fee or not. The registration and fee must be turned into the FHS Activities Office by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Frisbee teams will play catch with a Frisbee and try to get into the opposing team’s end zone while the opposing team is trying to defend the Frisbee passes.
Courtright said he may seek prize donations.
“I don’t have any at this moment,” he said. “Companies can contact me if interested in making a donation.”
FHS welcomes all community members to join in the festivities for homecoming week.
Any questions about the Thursday Night Rally or other homecoming activities may be directed to Courtright at email email@example.com or to the Student Council advisors, Heidi Grunwald at email firstname.lastname@example.org and Joe Cukierski at email email@example.com.
Fairfield’s overall theme for homecoming is Superhero: Pow, Biff, Splat.
Homecoming escorts are senior boys, Matt Carr, Joseph Hietpas, Jordan Whitney, Mason Ellis, Coren Hucke and Riley Hammel.
Queen candidates will be announced at Monday’s Queen and Pep assembly at 1 p.m. at the high school.
Float construction will be after classes until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Dress-up day Monday at FHS is Superhero Day. Students are reminded all costumes throughout the week should be school appropriate.
Tuesday is Decade Day with each class assigned a different decade. Seniors will represent the 1990s; juniors can dress in an ‘80s style; sophomores can impersonate folks from the 1970s; and freshmen will represent the 1960s. FHS staff have been assigned the 2000s.
Students will vote for homecoming queen at school Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday is Duct Tape Day. Thursday is Lumberjack-Hillbilly Day and Friday is Spirit Day.
Thursday evening events begin with a cheerleader performance at 6:30 p.m. in Trojan Stadium, followed by the Ultimate Frisbee Competition.
Further events include announcing winners of kiss the pig; queen crowning, starting about 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the stadium; a torch run with Jordan Whitney, Mason Ellis, Riley Hammel, Alex Shier and Vincent Horras; the bonfire; and a pep talk by FHS associate principal Brian Stone.
Students will dismiss at 2:30 p.m. Friday for the homecoming parade.
The parade starts at the high school, travels west down Broadway Avenue, turning left on Court Street, turns right onto Burlington Avenue, turns right onto Main Street and turns right once more onto Broadway Avenue, stopping on the north side of Central Park.
A pep rally is held in Central Park immediately after the parade. FHS teacher Fred Hucke will emcee. The rally will showcase a 2013 homecoming dance performed by cheerleaders; school and fight songs performed by the FHS band and cheerleaders; announcement of candy contest winners; baby picture winners announced; float winner announced; homecoming queen and court introductions; and a pep talk by Hucke.
Student council members will decorate the Commons for the dance until 5:30 p.m.
Varsity football Trojans will play Mount Pleasant in Trojan Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The homecoming dance is 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at the school.
In Fairfield, the entire school district celebrates homecoming.
Students at Libertyville Elementary School and Washington Elementary School will have dress-up days throughout the week, including:
• Monday is Superhero Day.
• Tuesday is Hillbilly/Lumberjack Day.
• Wednesday is Sporty Day. Students are encouraged to dress in favorite sport’s attire, no cleats allowed.
• Thursday is student picture day at Washington Elementary School. It will be “Kids Dress Like Teachers, and Teachers Dress Like Kids Day.” Libertyville Elementary School does not have photos that day, but will follow the same theme.
• Friday is Spirit Day, with students encouraged to wear Trojan school colors of orange and black.
Pence Elementary School will have different dress-up days Monday through Wednesday, then also participate in Thursday’s Dress like a Teacher Day and Friday’s Spirit Day. The first three days of the week at Pence will be:
• Monday is Neon Day.
• Tuesday is Mix and Match Day.
• Wednesday is Pajama Day.
Fairfield Middle School
Middle school students will have hallways and a classroom door decorating competition, with the winning grade level treated to Popsicles.
A school assembly on Friday, will feature middle cheerleaders, band and coaches.
Students also can participate in dress-up days, which at FMS are:
• Monday is Superhero Day.
• Tuesday is Decade Day; students can choose to represent any decade they’d like.
• Wednesday is Duct Tape Day.
• Thursday is Lumberjack/Hillbilly Day.
• Friday is black and orange Spirit Day.