Northeast and Chesapeake high school students will be caught up in the excitement of homecoming festivities next week as both schools gear up for their big games and dances.
The student government associations at both schools have planned contests between classes, theme days to encourage participation, parades and spirit pep rallies to promote unity.
At Northeast High School, the theme is "Disco Fever," explained SGA adviser Brenda McMann. Spirit week activities will start Monday with Nerd Day. Tuesday will find students dressing alike for Twin Day. On Wednesday, just about anything polyester -- including dad's old leisure suit -- will fit the bill for '70s Disco Day. Backwards Day is Thursday's theme, and Black and Gold School Color Day will end the week's costume contests.
On Friday, a pep rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. Starting at 5:30 p.m., students will march from High Point Elementary down Duvall Highway to the school grounds.
The homecoming football game between the Northeast Eagles and Southern Bulldogs will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $3. A contingent of special alumni is expected at this year's game. The class of 1967 (the school's first graduating class) has been invited to attend to begin its 25th reunion celebration.
Of course, the highlight of the week is the Homecoming Dance, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the school. Tickets are $10 per person. The homecoming king and queen will be crowned at 9:30 p.m.
For more details, call the school at 437-6400.
Down the road at Chesapeake High School a mix of old and new activities are planned for the Cougar's homecoming celebration.
"This year's homecoming will prove to be the best ever," said SGA adviser Edie Picken.
Monday is Bum Out Day when students can dress in their best -- worst -- clothing. Tuesday, students can dress as their favorite Caribbean native for Jamaica Day. Back by popular demand is Gender Bender Day when students can dress as the opposite sex. Thursday will be Farmer/Country Western Day. Friday will be the day to wear the school colors of Columbia blue and gold for School Spirit Day.
Several other spirit-raising events are planned throughout the week. At 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rhodes Stadium, the senior and junior classes will compete to prove who is the best in the resurrected Powder Puff Games. On Thursday, students will vote for homecoming king and queen with the winners announced at the game. Friday's activities will focus on getting charged up for the evening's game. A pep rally is scheduled at 1 p.m. in the stadium. A pre-game rally will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the Dustbowl field (located between the middle school and CHS), followed by a parade at 6:45 p.m., featuring floats, cars, clubs and the CHS Marching Band.
The homecoming football game between the Chesapeake Cougars and the Arundel Wildcats will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3.
Topping off the week's celebrations is the homecoming dance from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the student center. The night's theme is Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." Tickets are $10 for singles, $15 for couples, and are available in advance only. Alumni can purchase tickets by calling the school at 255-9600.
The Riviera Beach Citizen Advisory Committee will sponsor a presentation on the school improvement plan at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the media center.
Principal Betty Freeland will present an overview and history of the plan, and how it relates to the MSPP testing. She also will introduce team members who will present more detailed information: Barbara Bowers, reading and writing teacher; Linda Bouchat, thinking skills; Christine French, citizenship and social studies; and Gerry Duket, mathematics.
Parents and interested community residents are invited to attend.
Stop by Gibson Island Country School tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the school's annual Marketfest celebration.
Shoppers can browse the treasure room for furniture, toys, games and books.
For the kids, there will be games with prizes, face painting and pony rides. The Oriole Bird will appear from 10 a.m. to noon for photos. Please bring your own camera.
Delicious food, including pit beef sandwiches and homemade clam chowder, will be available.
The school is located at the end of Mountain Road near the Gibson Island gate house.
For more details, call 255-5370.
The benefits committee of Our Lady of the Chesapeake Church, 8325 Ventnor Road, will sponsor a religious article sale after all masses this weekend.
A selection of Bibles, statues, rosaries and medals will be featured, explained church spokeswoman Gloria Romey. "If we don't have an item, we'll be glad to special order [it]," she added.
For more details, call 437-3865.
Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1242 will wash cars and sell homemade baked goodies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Lake Shore Plaza Safeway on Mountain Road.
Proceeds will benefit troop activities.
The Annapolis Striders and county Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor the fourth annual Hog Neck Scamper 5-Mile Run starting at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at Downs Park in Pasadena.
The Scamper is the fourth and final leg of the Anne Arundel County Executive's Series.
Preceding the big race will be a One-mile Fun Run, starting at 8:10 a.m., and a 100-yard Tot Trot, for children age 6 and under, starting at 8:20 a.m.
Entry fee for the 5-mile run is $3 for Annapolis Striders members, $4 for non-members. Registration on race day, starting at 7 a.m., is $5.
There is no entry fee for the Tot Trot or Fun Run.
Refreshments will be provided for all runners.
For more details, call Mike Busch at 222-3600, or the Annapolis Striders Hot Line at 268-1165.