This entry is a continuation from this one.
After coming back to school from a lot of confusion and rules.
The school had something called “suit day”. What does that even mean? The school had a habit of throwing random nonsense theme days at all times of the year for no reason. I could see if they were for homecoming, or special events for the seniors or for holidays. You’d just see posters or announcements or your teacher would tell you about these random theme days that popped up.
The buttons were color coded. They each had a different colored star on them that represented a different award. They were passed out during 4th period.
So I made my own button out of masking tape the evening before at home. But nobody at school really thought it was that funny. Well not as much as I did.
The assembly was horrible. Awards assemblies and Pep rallies were 2 different animals. For some reason the school called both of them “rallies” and you were encouraged to wear your class color to them.
The person sitting in front of me brought this huge sign and kept holding it up so I could not see anything.
Two freshman girls wore red shirts and went and sat with the sophomore class. (the sophomore class’s color was red/burgundy/maroon not exactly sure, but it was some shade of red.)
Another reason I didn’t like them was because most of my friends were in band and I could not hang out with them at the assembly because they had to play it. So I would always end up sitting by some random annoying person. (who usually screamed a lot)
Then after school and that horrible assembly I saw the movie She’s All That. Because the ticket is dated 1:15 PM and I usually didn’t get out of school until 2 something PM.
At school they were more interested in the GPA than the classes you took. If I was smart I should have taken easier classes and had a 4.0. Screw advanced classes!
In all my 4 years of high school I never made principals honor roll. Usually my GPA fell between 3.4 to 3.0. That was 3.5 or higher.
Years later after I left high school I found out those assemblies were a racket thought up by the people at Jostens.
It’s a racket made up by Jostens the people who sell you class rings and graduation supplies. The themes were always dumb and made no sense. America, Disney, jungle, Elvis, music videos?, sports?, that movie AI, the Olympics? After a while the themes were so dumb I forgot what they were because they were so absurd, and the way they tried to tie them into student achievement were passable at best.
I could just imagine the student government having a meeting to come up with the next theme. This class was held before lunch so they could set up activities and fundraisers during lunch.
Student Government Advisor Teacher: We need an idea for the theme of out next assembly/rally.
Student 1: I can’t think of anything! I’m out of ideas. Do you know what is for lunch today?
Student 2 : Hands them a school lunch menu
Student 1: I know the theme is food!
They all agree.
One time the principal or vice principal dressed as Elvis. They made an announcement then he came out in a jumpsuit and lipsynced some Elvis song. Then all the students got into it, but me and a few others. I forget what grade I was in. I wanna say junior or senior. Or what the theme of that one was for. People thought me making Pokemon themed art is “weird” but you are getting into this!? High school was a very strange concept to me.
So much copyright infringement.
They used to have stupid contests. Like dress up contests and scavenger hunts. They would ask for very strange items. A bottle of nail polish and Lakers underpants? The problem was that most people didn’t take their backpacks with them. Who would have nail polish? Those bottles are made of glass those bottles could easily break in a backpack. Especially at a school that had no lockers for books.
The best thing was the copyright infringement. So much copyright infringement. Knock off Adidas shirts. Ripping off the AI logo.
The only thing I was “good at” was perfect attendance. And nothing else. I wonder if they put those GPA limits or the school did? According to this tweet the school does. (But now i can’t find it)
They have been around since 1992 rallies.
From their twitter profile “An educational enrichment philosophy customized by you and your school community that cites increased GPAs, attendance, school pride & graduation rates.”
This was a great scheme for them because the more people who graduate the more potential customers they have.
Not for me I felt so awful after going to those things in every year of high school. I found them to be a celebration of mediocrity, emotionally draining, and just plain stupid.
Around this time I was toying with the idea of dropping out.
The school catered to the disinterested students since so few people graduated. It was not that the school population was small it was that very few people completed it.
Even now I still feel there is no reward for working hard in anything.
The prizes were stupid or were they? They had a shirt with a (copyright infringed) Adidas logo on it The reasoning for using that slogan? “Because you did it! Be proud!” (I can’t make this stuff up people. Actually it sounds like a bad catalogue item description.) But that is what one of the school counselors said at the assembly. Ironically he was the counselor assigned to me. He was a horrible counselor; I hated that guy. He would never let me change my classes, and only paid attention to the troublemakers.
I felt like I was missing a part of my identity. Like I couldn’t be smart anymore.
Being smart was my thing and the school didn’t see that.
I could have used the ball chain
Listened to “Mellogold” by Beck (this is the album that has “Loser” on it)
Watched the Grammies at night.