Palo Alto High School Associated Student Body (ASB) decided to include staff in Spirit Week festivities this year, so faculty will dress up according to each day’s theme.
Since the staff lack a designated theme for Monday’s Class Theme Day, ASB has decided to have staff wear any blue article of clothing or accessories, such as blue hats, scarves and shirts. The staff’s theme for Salad Dressing Day on Tuesday will be honey mustard. Ideas for dressing up include outfits related to floral print or bees.
Since Paly juniors will take the PSAT on Wednesday, there will not be the usual Color Day. Instead, there will be a night rally, where staff are encouraged to wear any neon clothing or accessories they might own, in accordance with students. Thursday is Generations Day, so staff are expected to dress up as zombies and come to school decked out in ripped clothes and fake blood. Finally, for Friday’s Paly Pride day, staff will come dressed in Viking green and white along with the rest of the Paly campus.
Claire Billman, one of the junior Spirit Week Commissioners, explained why ASB decided to include staff in the dress up portion of Spirit Week.
“Even though there is a competition between the grades, the student body bonds over our love for Spirit Week and Paly Pride,” Billman said. “In the past, teachers did not really participate in the festivities because they did not have any dress up themes. Because of this, we decided that it was time to involve the staff and give them their own dress up themes. By doing this, it will bring the entire school together and not just the students.”
In addition to staff dressing up alongside the students, although not all activities have been finalized, ASB hopes to include more students per activity to make Spirit Week more interactive.
ASB President Anmol Nagar thinks that the new ASB changes are definitely going to create positive changes for the Paly community as a whole.
“I’m super excited about the fact that we are continuing the activities that we received positive feedback on last year, and I am extremely proud of our Spirit Commissioners on all the hard work they have undertaken to bring more diversity and inclusion to new Spirit Week activities,” Nagar said. “I think that teacher participation is a very exciting new facet of Spirit Week that will continue to grow in the future.”
Overall, these new changes made by ASB are aimed at making Spirit Week more interactive for all students and staff on campus. Additionally, ASB wants to encourage everyone on the Paly campus to become more involved in Spirit Week, whether it be through dressing up, participating in the games or both.