By Prithi Srinivasan
Spirit assemblies are often the most action-packed moments of the week, and a tremendous amount of planning is required to make these assemblies possible. ASB begins to plan the assembly two months in advance, their first step to pick the perfect date. Three weeks before the actual assembly, ASB gets together to start brainstorming ideas.
“When brainstorming, we think about things we haven’t done before. Some of the older spirit assemblies were repetitive, and we felt like we were doing the same thing every assembly, so we promised ourselves to come up with different, new, and exciting ideas,” ASB president senior Catherine Blotter said.
Along with ASB, high school activities director Jackee Bruno is instrumental to the planning and execution of assemblies. During the brainstorming process, Bruno tests each idea, asking detail-oriented questions about materials, people required, and point systems. If an idea is too difficult to implement, Bruno will refine it into something more engaging so it can be used in the assembly.
“If you don’t plan out the nitty gritty details, it won’t work out. [Bruno] makes sure everything runs as smoothly as possible,” Blotter said.
As the date of the assembly approaches, ASB then begins to bring their ideas together. Two weeks before the assembly, they begin to get the materials necessary and get prep work done, for example, editing the Just Dance videos and creating slideshows. In the days leading up to the assembly, all of their planning finally comes together: decorations are put up, materials are laid out. The entire school gets to view what ASB has been working on for so long.
As the year steadily progresses, ASB will continue to convene for the planning of school events like spirit assemblies. Looking toward spirit assemblies in the future, Pinewood students can also become involved in the planning process. “A lot of the best ideas come from the students. We want to listen to the people who will be watching the assemblies to get them motivated and have a fun time. Nothing would be better than to have students coming up with ideas,” Blotter said.