Phoenix Academy HS Celebrates End of First Quarter
Not many high school students receive a party to honor the end of the first academic quarter. But Phoenix Academy High School (PAHS) is always seeking new ways to recognize its students. Although the celebration hosted by the PAHS staff on October 26 followed all the appropriate distancing measures, it clearly managed to generate joy and encouragement to see each other in the school’s parking lot.
Twice during that day, at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., PAHS staff dressed up in costumes and greeted their students in a drive-by celebration. School Social Worker, Gloria Sanchez-Lane, said, “We had a blast on Monday with our students and families. It was so wonderful to see their smiling faces and their excitement. We are trying everything we can think of to stay connected to our families and students.”
The purpose of the event was to re-engage students in learning, while giving them “warm and fuzzies,” according to the invitation sent to students and families. Everyone wore masks, and students remained in their cars. The staff had set up cones to designate five “pit stops.”
The first station held gift bags with masks and hand sanitizer, and the second had a Halloween gift bag with goodies. At the third pit stop, students could be photographed with the Phoenix mascot. At the fourth station, they received school supplies and ice cream sandwiches, and the final station offered folders with class schedules for the second quarter with teacher contact sheets.
Then the PAHS team hosted another event on Wednesday, October 28, at noon and again at 6:00 p.m. -- Rock the Phoenix House, a virtual Open House and check-in to provide further support and information. Each session launched with a music trivia game and ended with a round up of announcements and introductions of new staff.
Principal John Williams said at the start of each session, “We want to kick off the second quarter strongly. We had a lot of success during the first quarter.”
The songs in the trivia game were mostly tunes from the 80’s and 90’s -- Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Cyndi Lauper, among them. Students teamed up with staff members to compete, but it was usually staff who recognized the songs, until “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X came on, and a student triumphantly called out the answer. He laughed and said, “Most of these, I wasn’t even born in those days.”
Onward to the second quarter!