The Conference Insider
Thursday, November 8, 2012

School Spirit

By: Emma Carey

As an eighth grader, I know that school spirit is hard to come by. Teachers are constantly on our backs about being mature and setting an example for the sixth and seventh graders, or yelling at us for being too loud during an assembly. When really we are just wishing we could just have a few hours to hang out with friends and show our school spirit before going home to do school work. Well Timothy J. Spinner (a principal at Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio) and his staff, have done just that.

While listening to his speech there was one thing that kept coming up, 'It's okay to cheer on your peers.' At his high school they are always encouraging their friends to do great, to put their best foot forward, and achieve goals. Imagine getting ready for a game and as you step out onto the court you are greeted by a huge roar of excitement and cheering! Wouldn't that make you feel amazing, like nothing could stop you? When you encourage people to give their best not only does it help that person to achieve their goals it also intimidates the a posing team.

It's important to encourage people to do their best, and even if you aren't athletic or don't have a special talent you can still cheer on those around you. A spirit club gives everyone the opportunity to take part in the celebration, and the best part is you can't get cut for not being able to do something. It gives everyone the opportunity to show his or her spirit. As a school I think it's important to show your spirit and cheer on your team.

I think his school is setting an example for the future of schools, telling kids it's okay to be who you are and get crazy every once in awhile to show school spirit. In the future I hope more schools get into the trend of school celebrations, pep rallies, or even the occasionally teacher v.s. student basketball game.

This conference newsletter was written by student reporters from Robert Gray Middle School, Portland, Oregon.


1...The AMLE Conference in Portland Oregon
2...Amy and Her iPads
3...Noah Salzman's Teaching
4...Brief Interviews
5...Evolution of Math
6...It's All About Relationships
7...Leadership Improvement Practices
8...Reported by Emma and Hannah
9...School Spirit
10..Active Learning


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