Spirit Week: Fun traditions with some changes

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By Carol A. Clark

Most of the familiar activities associated with Spirit Week are set to begin today with a few changes.

“The biggest change is the start time for Friday’s Homecoming Parade, which has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. from its traditional 3 p.m. start time of years past,” said Los Alamos High School Assistant Principal Mike Johnson.

“All school release times stay the same and all school bus pick-up and drop-off times remain the same. The only change is to the start of the Homecoming Parade.”

The LAHS Toppers are set to play the Belen Eagles in the big game on Friday night so this year’s homecoming theme is “Endanger the Eagles!”

The Homecoming Parade details are:

• Staging: Begins at 1:45 p.m. on Canyon Road west of 15th Street. Enter Canyon Road from Diamond Drive and proceed east on Canyon Road until reaching 15th Street. The parade send-off begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.

• Route: The parade begins at 15th Street and Canyon Road and proceeds down 15th Street turning right onto Central Avenue, ending at Rose Street.

Judging occurs in front of Starbucks. At the end of the parade, all walking entries go directly to the United Church parking lot for pickup by parents.

All floats and cars load all walkers and proceed to the Sullivan Field parking lot for pickup by parents.

    • Rules: Do not throw candy! Candy must be handed out by walkers only because tossing candy encourages small children to run into the street, creating a safety hazard. Drivers must be 21 or older.

Each participant should maintain their interval and the pace of the parade. Walkers unable to hold the pace of the parade must ride in a vehicle.

Under no circumstances should participants in one entry interfere with participants in other entries.

All float riders must have something secure to hold on to. Do not overload floats or vehicles.

Jumping on and off floats is absolutely prohibited.

Float sponsors or adult designees are required to be with students during the parade.

Any improper language or suggestive graphics will be removed from floats before the parade. Exercise sound judgment as parades are family events.

Each group is responsible for helping clean up the staging area, United Church and Sullivan Field parking lots before leaving the area.

“We invite the entire community to join our 2008 Spirit Week and Homecoming weekend at Los Alamos High School,” Johnson said.

Today, seniors meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium Parking Lot to paint the “LA” on Burnt Mountain.


• Seniors wear their painted clothes to school and all other students and staff wear crazy hair or crazy hats.

• Powder Puff Flag Football Game is at 6 p.m. in which senior girls play flag football, coached by LAHS football players.

• Billy Bob Volleyball Game at 7 p.m. in which senior boys play volleyball, coached by LAHS volleyball players. Admission is $2 for both events.

• LA Golf Tourney takes place at 9 a.m. and C Team Boy’s Soccer at White Rock.


• Superhero Day in which everyone dresses as a superhero.

• Volleyball at 4 p.m. at home.


• Traditional Pajama Day where everyone dresses in pajamas.

• JV Girl’s Soccer is at 4 p.m. in White Rock.

• Varsity Girl’s Soccer takes place at 4:30 p.m. at home.

• C Team Girl’s Soccer is at 4:30 p.m. in White Rock.

• Bonfire festivities light up at 7 p.m. at Sullivan field.


• Seniors dress as Hippies, juniors dress in togas, sophomores dress Hawaiian style and freshmen dress as farmers.

• Volleyball at 4 p.m. at home.


• Spirit Day where everyone wears Green and Gold or Homecoming T-shirts with fight song.

• Approved Student Council students are excused from classes to decorate for the Homecoming Dance.

• Homecoming football game takes place at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

• Halftime ceremonies include a marching performance by the LAHS marching band and the coronation of the 2008 Homecoming King and Queen.

• The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) hosts a Fifth Quarter gathering immediately following the football game at Sullivan Field with free food, drink, music and games.

• Soccer: “The Rock Tourney”.

Friday’s classes are shortened to allow time for a pep rally in Griffith Gym. All students are dismissed following the pep rally to have lunch and prepare for the Homecoming Parade.

No food services will be available on campus on Friday. Buses will run at about 1:45 p.m. for students who wish to go home.

The Homecoming Dance will be held from 9 p.m.-midnight in Griffith Gym. This year’s dance theme is “Treasure Island.” The dress code is formal and students must show a photo ID and have a pre-paid ticket in order to gain admittance.

Ticket sales begin Monday during the lunch period in the A-wing lobby and will conclude Thursday.

JJAB will host free movies at the Reel Deal Theater following the dance, with breakfast burritos, games, and music following the movies at the United Church.

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