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The “Art” of Successful Activities. Renee DeCanio, Activities Director Selma High School. WHY ARE ACTIVITIES IMPORTANT?. They add FUN , excitement , and keep students connected to school if they are done RIGHT!!. PLAN AHEAD.

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the art of successful activities

The “Art” of Successful Activities

Renee DeCanio, Activities Director

Selma High School

why are activities important
WHY ARE ACTIVITIES IMPORTANT?

They add FUN, excitement, and keep students connected to school if they are done RIGHT!!

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In addition to the usual, posters, flyers, bulletin announcements, try:

  • Car in quad with flyers or window paint
  • Balloons.. Ask me?
  • Toilet Talk
  • Twitter, Facebook, Tatango texting
create visual excitement
CREATE VISUAL EXCITEMENT
  • Decorate area with balloons
  • add posters
  • block off areas
pre select participants
PRE-SELECT PARTICIPANTS
  • ASSIGN CLASS OFFICERS TO GET PARTICPANTS AHEAD OF TIME
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Make sure it’s appropriate!

    • School Appropriate
    • Appropriate for activity
  • High Energy!
reward participants winners
REWARD PARTICIPANTS/WINNERS

Give participants something small for participating

Give winners something better

tips for a successful event
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT
  • PRACTICE EVERY ACTIVITY BEFOREHAND
  • ADVERTISE
  • DRAW ATTENTION TO YOUR ACTIVITY
    • Balloons, roped off areas, posters, etc.
  • PRE-SELECT PARTICIPANTS
  • MUSIC
  • DEFINED RULES
  • REFEREES/ PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE PARTICIPANTS FOLLOW RULES (Give them a jersey)
  • GIVE SOMETHING TO PARTICIPANTS and AWARD WINNERS WITH PRIZES
  • CLASS COMPETITIONS- SPIRIT POINTS (Post)
ideas for a spirit week or special week of activities
IDEAS FOR A SPIRIT WEEK OR SPECIAL WEEK OF ACTIVITIES
  • OLYMPIC WEEK EVENTS- Go all out! Have students sign up in teams to compete in a week of activities. They can come up with team names, make shirts, etc. Have lunchtime competitions like pig slop, tug o war in nacho cheese, human curling, chariot races, pool events. Keep track of points each day and reward winning male and female teams with OLYMPIC WEEK CHAMPION shirts at end of week.
  • *See Animal House 2010.m4v (La Serna High School) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VXLiJujF_s for ideas
  • OLYMPIC RALLY- Put together a wide range of crazy events and have your classes form relay teams and compete around the track (see attached).
olympic rally events
OLYMPIC RALLY EVENTS

10) Tennis Ball Carry (uphill)

11) Sprint

12) Slip and Slide

13) Partner Egg Crack Run

14) Backwards Jump Rope

15)Pogo Ball

16) Puzzle

17) Mattress Race

18) Sprint (to Torch)

1) Car Push

2) Sack Race

3) Brain Freeze

4) Actual Wheel Barrel Race

5) Fat Suit Tire Race

6) Balance Beam Walk with Book

7) Partner Hotdog Elbow Feed

8) Partner Back-to-Back Walk

9) Inner Tube Chariot Race

lunch time intramural leagues
LUNCH-TIME INTRAMURAL LEAGUES
  • Have students create their own teams and compete in lunch-time leagues at lunch. Volleyball, soccer, and basketball are the easiest sports for these leagues.
  • Hold a March Madness 3 on 3 tourney during basketball season.
spirit calls
SPIRIT CALLS
  • Randomly select one student from each grade level each Friday morning. Call the names of those students out over the intercom while the bulletin is being read. If they happened to be dressed in school colors or are wearing school spirit apparel, they can rush down to the student store to get a free snack/prize before the bulletin ends.
  • You can also use their names to call them out in rallies and instantly reward them in front of their peers.
recognition
RECOGNITION
  • BIRTHDAYS- Have your attendance clerk to print out a list of student/teacher birthdays for each month. Recognize birthdays over the intercom and present each student with a card/lollipop on their birthday.
  • TEACHER OF THE WEEK- Create nomination sheets and encourage students to nominate teachers for the Teacher of the Week award. Have your council select from the nominations each week. The selected teacher will have something said about them in the bulletin and can be given a gift (lanyard or Starbucks card).
  • STUDENT RECOGNITION BREAKFAST- Teachers nominate students for Student of the Month, Coaches recognize Athletes of the Month, and students recognize teachers Teacher of the Week. Hold a breakfast each month to honor all of the nominees, their parents, and nominating teachers. Put together a slide show with student pictures and quotes from teachers. It’s a great way to recognize some who don’t usually get recognition.
3 word videos
3 WORD VIDEOS
  • Ask students to come up with catchy 3 word phrases that advertise or inspire
  • CAHSEE VIDEO