Distance Learning with a Twist

Students participated in Spirit Week: Home Edition March 31-April 3.

Ending off Spirit Week: Home Edition, students, teachers and faculty participated in the purple and white theme. Director of Athletics Kate Pilgreen joined in on theology teacher Polly Holmes' faith-filled life class dressed as mascot Stormy Friday, April 3.

Jenna Barackman

Ending off Spirit Week: Home Edition, students, teachers and faculty participated in the purple and white theme. Director of Athletics Kate Pilgreen joined in on theology teacher Polly Holmes' faith-filled life class dressed as mascot Stormy Friday, April 3.

Keely M Schieffer, Reporter

To ease the student body into distance learning, the Fun Committee created four days of themes: pajama day, crazy background day, favorite team day and purple and white day, starting March 31.

“Spirit week was really fun and made my day,” Fun Committee member junior Mikayla Gunther said. “It is the small things like that to make a difference to me in moments like this.”

Distance Learning started March 24 as a precaution of the Coronavirus breakout. Students have block scheduling four days a week using Zoom to learn and communicate with their classes. The fun committee came up with a spirit week to kick off the start of online learning.

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Virtual spirit week day 1: pajama day! (Photos submitted by those pictured)

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“We wanted to do something that would be fun for our community in a stressful and new time like this,” Gunther said.

Along with dressing up and decorating their at home classrooms, students submitted photos to showcase their spirit and to be posted on Le Journal’s Instagram.

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Spirit week day 2: crazy background day! (Photos submitted by those pictured)

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“I loved the background theme day because everyone was using the background setting on Zoom and they were funny,” sophomore Sophia McClure said.

The Fun Committee invited the student body to participate in choosing what they would enjoy as a theme through a poll sent out in an email. The poll options included decorating your room, crazy background day, purple day, pajama day, fancy dress day and favorite sports day. The following week, students dressed up in their best spirit wear correlating with the themes they chose.

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Spirit week day 3: favorite sports day! (Photos submitted by those pictured)

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“People’s spirit week outfits on Instagram were fun to see,” junior Julia Hughes said. “It was nice to see people who aren’t in my classes there.”

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Spirit week day 4: purple day!

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Along with spirit week, the Fun Committee encouraged students to bring their pets or family to their Maisons March 27. Students brought dogs, cats, birds, brothers, sisters and more to their morning attendance check in with their Maison leaders and classmates. 

“My favorite thing about spirit weeks was seeing everyone’s pets come on the screen,” said Hughes. “It helped spark conversation and made me feel more like I was at school.”