–by Ms. Shirley Gamble–

One of the first projects that this years’ Student Council worked very hard on was HS Spirit Week, which was held from September 24–27, 2019. The purpose of the week is to promote school spirit, teamwork, and friendships within each grade. There were lots of secret meetings and planning sessions within each grade where students tried to figure out the best way to win the most points. 

The Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 were given one week to compete against each other to show which grade has the most spirit. This year’s themes were:

Tuesday: School Pride where everyone was encouraged to wear anything representing RIS—red, white, and blue outfits and of course lots of “I Love RIS” and Phoenix t-shirts and uniforms were seen everywhere

Wednesday: Club/Committee Pride where everyone showed their support for one of the 16 different groups for all of their hard work

Thursday: Kindergarten Day where everyone was allowed to go back in time and reminisce about those cute and carefree days

Friday: Grade Pride where each grade wore both of their grade colors 

Grade Pride Day also coincides with HS Games Day when students take turns competing in a variety of physical games including the Obstacle Course, Dragon’s Nest, and Tug-of-War. After lunch, everyone headed to the various exciting teacher vs. student games. The teachers were successful in basketball, winning 66-31, but the students won two out of the three dodgeball games. The teachers and students both tied in the other sports: 5-5 in soccer and 1-1 in volleyball. (The third game had to be canceled because they ran out of time).

Congratulations to everyone for demonstrating their school and grade-level spirit!