Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spirit Week Reminders

Over the next four days, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School will embark on one of its most spirited and long standing traditions; Spirit Week.  We want to remind students that Spirit Week is an event that builds on our core values (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Independence, and Excellence) as a school community, and should not be used as a platform to be controversial.  
Its very essence is to build our school spirit, pride, and to build a sense of community through good deeds and donations.  In terms of attire, no costumes can have the following: Masks, weapons simulated or otherwise, and create a distraction to the learning environment.  

All attire must bear good taste and should not violate our dress code policies (see below).  Administration will have the final determination over any attire discrepancies.   If we feel it is inappropriate, you will be sent home and removed from any and all Spirit Week activities.  
In addition, if we feel Spirit Week is not living up to our expectations, we will cancel Spirit Week activities.  We expect our core values to be demonstrated by our students to our school community.  

Canned Food Drive:
One of most recent cornerstone’s of Spirit Week has been the amount of food our students have been able to donate over the last few years.  Two years ago, we donated over 8,400 dry goods;  last year, we donated over 6,000 dry goods to our local food banks.  In addition to our student collections, we have also been able to team up with local sponsors to match food donations.  
This year, we are not meeting our goal of 6,000 dry goods.  Over the last three days, we have not collect 1000 items.  We are looking for your help to donate to our community.  If you could look through your pantry, find a couple non-perishable food items for a great deal, or donate to the “Penny Wars.” As always we would appreciate your generosity.   
As much as Spirit Week is about grade level competition, our main goal is to service our community.  We would like to thank everyone for their donations thus far; every can helps! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for servicing our local community.  
The School understands that dress is often a reflection of individual taste and is often part of a person’s identity. Nevertheless, in order to maintain optimum conditions under which learning can take place effectively and safely, the school must establish guidelines that govern the wearing of any item that materially and substantially interferes with the operation of a normal school day. The following are considered inappropriate dress and/or violations of the Student Code of Conduct: wearing of clothes, jewelry, or other apparel or personal belongings that advocate violence, alcohol, and other drug use and/or distribution; or that represent gang activity and/or membership; or that advertise obscenities; or that reflect adversely on persons due to race, gender, creed, national origin, physical abilities, emotional abilities, or intellectual abilities; or that are considered to be distracting or inappropriate attire at the discretion of that administrator. Additionally, the following rules have been established to ensure a safe, effective learning environment.