Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the United States. There are a lot of different traditions that we celebrate. Most people cook a big meal and invite family and friends. Other people will gather around the TV to watch sports. Some people watch the parade on TV, and some go watch it in person. A lot of people travel too, visiting family. Food is mostly associated with this holiday. Even though we enjoy eating food, the holiday is about being thankful. There are also traditions about being thankful around this time. Such as: people going around the table and saying on thing they are thankful for, or saying things you’re thankful for the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Some people might read some bible passages. No matter what you do on Thanksgiving, we have to remember what the holiday is for, giving thanks.
Every year the elementary school has Character Day. It is on Halloween and every grade does different people. There is a time period each class does, and they dress up as famous people from that time period. The characters normally range from the 1700s to the early 1900s. The fourth grade is doing characters such as: Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and a few others. The third grade is doing characters such as: Andrew Jackson, Dicey Langston, Thomas Sumter, and many others. When you do character day, you also have to research information on your person and make a poster. They also have to give a speech on their character. This experience teaches them about people in the past, and how to research information. Also, how to present a speech in front of people. I think this Character Day is going to be very fun, and it will be cool to see all the costumes.
On October 9th, the eighth and ninth graders went on a manufacturing field trip to the Piedmont Technical College Center in Laurens. The trip was similar to a job fair, and many different companies were there, along with other schools. We picked four booths that we thought were interesting and asked each of the four booths three questions. Booths such as Samsung, Milliken, Shaw Carpets, and many other booths were represented. It was interesting to see all the different things you can do with manufacturing and I’m really glad we went. There were also other booths there such as welding, the Laurens hospital, the Laurens water company and the fire station. It was also cool to learn that you can take robotics classes when you are in 11th and 12th grade at the center. I’m thankful they gave us the opportunity to go and I think it gave us an perspective on all the jobs that are available.
Homecoming is approaching. That means that Spirit week is almost here too. Every year, on the week of Homecoming, we have Spirit week. Spirit week is when everyone dresses up according to a theme. Every year there is a different theme and this year there are a lot of cool ones. Pajama day is every year, and this year it is on Monday. You can dress up in your slippers, onesies , or your favorite pajamas. On Tuesday we are doing Biker vs. Surfer day. Everyone will either dress up as a biker or a surfer. On Wednesday it’s Decade Day. For this day there is a lot of stuff you can do. You can dress up how you want from any decade. Thursday it is Safari Day. This day will be especially fun for the younger kids, since they can dress up as one of their favorite animals. The last day on Friday will be Wacky Tacky Spirit Day. This is a mixture of Wacky Tacky Day and Spirit day. Wacky Tacky day is when you dress up crazy. You can wear do whatever, such as: crazy hair, mismatched socks, different shoes. It’s fun to see how weird everyone dresses. Spirit day is when you dress up in school colors and show your school spirit. This year it’s combined so you can dress crazy and show your school spirit. It’s going to be a very exciting Spirit Week and I can’t wait to see how everyone dresses up.
This year Laurens Academy has formed a JV Volleyball team. The JV team consists of 7th, 9th, and 10th graders. The JV team has middle school and varsity players and plays some of the same teams as the other two teams. JV has six games in total. Three games are away and three are home. Just like middle school, JV has to win two out of three sets. The reason the JV team was created, is to give the younger players more experience. Also, there are a lot of players on the varsity team, and this team allows everyone to get playing time and to practice. Unlike middle school and varsity, JV does not count for region. The reason is because there are not enough schools with JV teams. In fact we only have six games and we have played four so far. I’m really excited to see what happens as we approach these last couple games.