School Culture and Community Building
Below are some traditions I established at Jericho High School in order to increase school spirit, foster a sense of community, and strengthen a positive, inclusive school culture.
My Video Yearbook club began celebrating college commitment day by setting up a green screen outside the student cafeteria and recording seniors introducing themselves and stating what college they plan to attend.
Click on the image and go to 37:25 to view 2020's College Day video (completed despite distanced learning).
Each year I invite my most recent graduates to talk to my current students about college work and college life and how they can prepare for it. I also invite alumni from my journalism program to talk to my current reporters about their experiences in college, internships, and the world of work.
Nothing unifies a school more or fosters school spirit better than a whole school lip dub video. (See link to previous year on the YouTube page.)