Homecoming themes get rolling

September 14, 2010 — by Kim Tsai

Roll the dice, pick your player and gear up for an intense round of Homecoming. The week-long celebration of school spirit starts on Oct. 4. And with “Board Games” as this year’s theme, all classes are starting to get competitive although there will be some new rules this round.

When it came time to select class themes, the seniors satisfied their sweet tooth with “Candyland,” the juniors hoped to cash in with “Monopoly,” the sophomores finally decided to get a “Clue” and freshmen were left with “Chutes and Ladders.”

Freshmen will be starting the performances on Tuesday, Oct. 5, with seniors ending on Friday, Oct. 8. The Homecoming football game takes place on Friday night against Lynbrook , with the dance on Saturday in the big gym from 8 to 11 p.m.

Each class is already making plans for Quad Day and decorations, but they will have to work around a new safety regulation to be implemented by the school this year.

Because a school employee fell off the roof and was seriously injured last spring, no students will be allowed on the roofs.

“[The accident] set up red flags all over,” said assistant principal Karen Hyde. “So insurance companies, compensation companies and everybody have come out and now we are under a microscope. Because of that, kids can’t be operating equipment or on the roof for any reason.”

Despite the rule, seniors will be allowed to hire custodians for the weekend to help put their decorations up. So far, no other classes are allowed to have decorations on roofs. The administration is still considering whether they will allow students to be on ladders.

But no one seems to be deterred by the new regulations the school has set up. In fact, the excited students are more spirited than ever.

“We’re really excited,” said senior class president Michelle Wang. “We have an idea of what our centerpiece is going to be, and we know what the dances are going to be like. It’s senior year so you want your Quad Day to be awesome and have a lot of spirit.”

Meanwhile, the sophomore class looking to improve their Quad Day from a disappointing performance last year.

“I hope that people participate this year because there were not many people helping out last year with decorations,” said sophomore class vice president Shareen Kaul. “So this year, we’re trying to get more people to help.”

To promote even more spirit, Homecoming points will be distributed to each grade in the Class Cup, a year-long competion to determine which grade shows most school spirit. Classes with better Homecoming decorations and Quad Days will receive more points, said Hyde.

Although every class has a chance to nab a Homecoming victory, Wang is confident that the seniors will triumph in the end.

“Our Quad Days have always been really good, so I’m not too worried, said Wang. “I’m pretty sure we’ll win.”