Pep rallies instill necessary school spirit [Pro]
Over the years, the words “pep rally” have earned a trite sigh from most students and the phrase “school spirit” has developed somewhat of a negative connotation. This can be explained by the reluctance students have towards showing pride for their school and their unwillingness to show appreciation for the activities that administrators, along with Senate, have prepared for them.
Though it’s popular nowadays to hate school, what most students don’t realize is that there is a positive side to having pep rallies. “I love them,” said junior Anne Marie Kidder. “You get to hang out with friends and experience school in a more positive way.” Some students are also grateful for the time away from classes and the break from schoolwork. In addition to allowing one to socialize, pep rallies permit certain clubs and organizations to put together skits and mini-performances.
Admittedly, during my freshman year I wasn’t too fond of pep rallies; they seemed senseless and tacky, as though we were trying too hard to be one of those ideal movie high schools. This also had to do with the fact that Steinbrenner was brand new—we didn’t have the longstanding pride for our colors that older schools like Sickles or Leto had developed. As a junior, I can say that pep rallies have been gradually improving. Our last one introduced the Steinbrenner Step Team and the cheerleaders definitely had a more entertaining routine to exhibit as well.
This school’s pep rallies can be expected to improve as Senate and administrators learn exactly what can keep a crowd of fourteen to eighteen year old students lively for forty minutes. Steinbrenner will have more clubs, more dances and more to look forward to at future pep rallies. Students have to be patient and must also keep the shortage of money in mind. For now they should appreciate the break from classes, the social time and try to cheer for the school that they should be proud of.
Nataly Capote / Chief Copy Editor
Forcing school spirit wastes time [Con]
Once or twice a quarter, the student population gets pulled out of class for a school organized pep rally. Our band blasts tunes into our ears, our cheerleading squad does a few routines and, among other things, we are presented with skits made by our fellow classmates. All of this is supposed to pump some school spirit into the school, but is it really reasonable?
Contrary to popular belief, even on the normal bell schedule, teachers commonly run out of time in class. Every minute spent dreading one’s math class is a moment that is essential and treasured by a teacher, yet when these pep rally days come around, classes are cut by five to seven minutes. That’s five to seven minutes that could have possibly been spent wrapping up a lesson, assigning meaningful homework or answering common questions.
Look at the logic of the situation. Pep rallies are only on Friday afternoons in the last period of the day. They are pumping us up only to send us home for two days 30 minutes later. These pep rallies aren’t controversial and are easily forgotten over the weekend. The least administrators can do is make them earlier in the week so the buzz could last longer.
“We’re getting pepped up just to go home,” said sophomore Darin Bell. He said that he only likes the pep rallies because it gets him out of class but feels that they are unfocused.
Student involvement is a big problem too. Aside from the recent step team performance, the pep rally performances are primarily by our school Senate and band. Perhaps there could be performances from more school students or some of the school’s musical clubs.
It’s obvious not everyone at this school has school spirit; it really isn’t something for everyone. Some people don’t like the loud music, the stress of finding one’s friends in the bleachers or the cramped seats. Overall, these kids obviously feel that their time could be used better.
Without a real sense of purpose, it seems as if these pep rallies are excuses to take us out of class at the end of the week. Aside from a few powerful moments of patriotism at the beginning of each pep rally and a few small cases of student talent that we don’t already know about, these pep rallies are a waste of time and I would rather take a few extra minutes in math class than 30 minutes of forced school spirit.
Alex Troutt / Staff Writer