Ramona High School’s Homecoming kicked off early this year, starting Monday and running through Saturday, Oct. 10. Around the World is this year’s theme.
Festivities started on Monday with the first of five spirit days: Monday was Superhero Day, Tuesday—Travel T-shirt Day, Wednesday—California Culture Day, Thursday is —Disney Character Day and Friday—Homeland Pride Day, when students will wear their class colors.
Throughout the week, RHS’ Associated Student Body is hosting lunchtime games and activities like musical chairs, human tic-tac-toe, balloon toss and name that tune. For each activity and spirit dressup day, points are being awarded to the winning class. At the end of the week, the class with the highest points wins $500.
New this year is the door-decorating contest. Each teacher’s third period class decorated the classroom door to represent the homecoming theme. ASB will treat the winners will to a pizza party.
On Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., RHS will host “Coming Home Night,” a tradition started two years ago when the Witch wildfire closed school, causing school homecoming celebrations to be canceled.
“It was a way to bring the community, especially the alumni, together and to have a big pep rally before the game,” said ASB teacher Mona Snodgrass. “The first annual Coming Home Night ended up being a real healing time for Ramona, and this year it’s going to be even better.”
Because of tight financial times, “Coming Home Night” will also be a chance for the students to fundraise for their sporting teams and clubs. ASB will provide activities for kids of all ages—-an obstacle course, a bungee run, Pony Hop racing, human foosball and laser tag. The cost is $1 per ticket, with each event requiring two tickets. Tickets will be available at the event.
In addition to the games, clubs will be selling food, and throwing it as well, with a pie contest. Principal Tony Newman will be there to extend a welcome, and Athletic Director and Coach Damon Baldwin will talk about the game scheduled for Friday.
The Homecoming Court will be formally introduced and there will be performances by cheer and band.
The annual Homecoming Assembly will be on the field from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Friday and will feature special performances by cheer, song, dance productions and the spirit boys. Also, students in each class will debut their airband performance they have been working on since mid-September. The Homecoming Court will be introduced to the student body and escorted down the field by their parents.
On Friday evening, the mighty Bulldogs will face San Marcos. In lieu of a parade this year, again due to difficult financial times, students are building “mini floats” and will parade them around the field at 6:30 p.m., prior to the varsity football game.
The floats will be judged during the parade and the winning class will receive spirit points. The parade will also include the class prince and princess of the and a small spirit group.
The 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned immediately after the parade, and the game will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Wrapping up the weeklong festivities will be the Homecoming Dance on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit the RHS website at ramonausd.net.