Next week is Spirit Week at Norwich High School, a week-long battle which pits Purple against White to see which team has more school spirit.
But while competition is the name of the game and bragging rights the ultimate prize, the event is about building a positive culture and climate at the school, according to Assistant Principal Scott Ryan.
“It’s a fun time at Norwich High School,” the administrator said. In keeping with tradition, this year’s freshman and seniors are the Purple team, while the sophomores and juniors are the White. According to Ryan, this arrangement helps forge greater bonds between all students.
“The kids take ownership,” he said, explaining that the Pep Club and Student Government came together to plan this year’s event. “It’s been nice to see.”
Each day, students have the chance to help their team rack up points by dressing according to that days theme. Monday it will be super heroes; Tuesday, twins; Wednesday, the wild west; and Thursday, sports. On Friday, officially called Purple and White day, each will sport their team color.
Points will be based on participation, and those scores tracked on the Pride Wall, created last year in an effort to encourage student involvement.