Tuesday I was asked to plan a pep rally for today (it's Thursday). I'm not sure if you've ever planned a pep rally, (I hadn't), but I was quite sure it would take more than 40 hours to put one together. Particularly when the coordinator has a 3 hour final and a basketball game to attend the night before. I scrambled to call basketball moms, acquire equipment from middle schools, and choreograph something for the dance girls - all while getting my grades in and holding IEP meetings.
11:40 - Welcome from Ms. Hering
11:41 - Webster High School Band
*Battle Cry - cheerleaders throw bleacher cushions to the crowd
11:47 - Cheer Squad Competition Cheer and Stunting
11:50 - Dance Team Whip my Hair
11:53 - Introduce Men's and Women's Basketball teams with spirit line of cheer/dance members
(For the music we used the Women's Basketball Coach's rap song about T-Dub and our teams.)
12:03 - Kiss the Player
(A senior basketball player was selected to be blind folded have a cheerleader kiss him on the cheek. He completely hammed it up by putting on chap-stick... little did he know I had his mother hide in the back and come out to give him a kiss instead.)
12:06 - Relay Races between grades for the Spirit Stick
(The seniors won due to the juniors inability to remain on their scooters, and the freshmen and sophomore's stage fright.)
12:16 - Principal's Address
12:18 - Close - Webster High School Band
My principal informed me that this was a huge improvement over what usually occurs at pep rallies , (despite the fact that I felt I could have done significantly better), and said he would put in for an activities coordinator position - which I would be offered. (Extra money, sweet!)
Honestly, that was not the best part of it all. Besides the roaring laughter and genuine enjoyment the students seemed to get from all of this, I received the following text from a colleague:
"Hey I want to congratulate you on the great job you did today and the job you have done with the cheer and dance squad. Today was the first day that I actually felt like the students here at (high school name) are proud of their class mates and to be (school mascot)s. I think that is a reflection and result of the energy and passion you bring to (school name) and the student body."
Totally worth every ounce of exhaustion.