Saturday, August 25, 2007


Last night was the school Aloha Dance, at which I'm sure some students were dressed for the theme--and no, I hope that doesn't mean grass skirts and coconuts!

Throughout the the week, students were encouraged (via the daily announcements, read by students) to wear Hawaiian shirts on Friday. So far, so good.

Come Friday, the only people I saw in Hawaiian shirts were staff and faculty.

At my school we've elevated the status quo to an art form. This was the Aloha Dance because the first dance of the year has always been the Aloha Dance and it's always been at the end of the first week of school. It wouldn't occur to most people even to consider changing it.

Yet the vast majority of students didn't participate in the "dress up day".

The first rally of the year was also yesterday. It's the traditional "first rally of the year" rally and was conducted just like last year's "first rally of the year" rally, and the year before that, and the year before that.... Anyway, at this rally, students wear their class t-shirts, with each class having a distinctive color.

Now why would you exhort people to wear Hawaiian shirts on a day when they clearly need to wear their class t-shirts? Was anybody thinking about this?


Unknown said...

I always suggested the Aloha dance be the second week since the extra time would allow for a much better informed student body and more organized dance. But who ever listened to me :).

Anonymous said...

Didn't they used to be on different weekends? I thought that either the dance or the rally wasn't the first week my freshman or sophomore year.

Anonymous said...

PS Yes, I very much agree that it is dumb for the school to have done that.

Eric W. said...

Why did they feel the need to change the announcements? They're really annoying this year. And the fact that it's first thing in the morning doesn't help, either.

Darren said...

I've decided that I'm never going to enjoy the announcements, so whatever format they use, I'll just grin and bear it. I'm happy to get them over with first thing in the morning.

Anonymous said...

I supervised at a couple of dances at the high school where I taught.

Whomever was running the music had some kind of techno-crap running non-stop. It sounded like the same song over and over for three hours.

At the risk of exposing my age, I found myself wondering why each generation doesn't rediscover the coolness of Led Zeppelin.

Darren said...

Led Zeppelin isn't really dance music. Good dance music would be from the 80s :-)