Sunday, November 30, 2008

Getting in the spirit

As I get older, I find that it becomes a bit more difficult to get into the holiday spirit each December. Not that I am in grinch in any way. BUT, I have found that the further I get from my youth, I need to do things that ensure the fact I am in the Christmas spirit and that mentally, I know it is the holiday season. This time of year goes by so quickly and in recent years I have found myself wondering where the time has gone.

I find that doing certain things every year gets me in the spirit. For example, today the Christmas decorations went up. Thats a start. The holiday specials on television also help.

One plan I have this year is to attend a holiday concert. Yes, a concert, big surprise huh? I have seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in years past which is usually a great way to get in the holiday spirit. This year, its going to be Mannheim Steamroller in concert. They are similar to the TSO with their method of taking classic Christmas songs and transforming them into more contemporary, rock-oriented versions.

What do you do which helps you get into the spirit and make sure the season doesn't go by without you realizing it?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Junior Lock-in

Having just come off the Class of 2010 lock-in, I wanted to post a few thoughts and pictures from the event. The first thing I think about in regards to this lock-in is how proud the class of 2010 should be. Considering how long Norton High School has been around, it really is impressive that they are the first class to successfully put on this type of event. Kevin and the rest of the officers and delegates deserve all the credit in the world for pushing for this event and getting it organized over the past 6 months or so. It took a ton of hard work and planning, but I think if you ask any of the students who attended, they will say that it was well worth it. Just about every student I spoke with both during and since the event said they really had an enjoyable time and its something that they will take away from high school remembering forever.

Here are some photos of the students in action...

Clearly staff members were enjoying it just as much...

If you are interested in seeing more photos, Mr. Dewar has uploaded quite a few to his blog as well. If you have any thoughts on the lock-in, please post them here!