Homecoming week at Englewood High School began Oct. 10 with an assembly that kicked off activities including student lunchtime contests and float building, to the concluding weekend with the Oct. 18 Englewood-Weld Central football game and the Oct. 19 homecoming dance.
Everything planned in the early part of the week is for and about students.
Since each of the four classes, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, vie to earn class points, organizers come up with lunchtime contests that can range from a dance-off to an air guitar competition.
A series of activities fills the Oct. 16 calendar. There is a schedule of special lunchtime events that are followed by a busy evening that kicks off with the powder puff football game at 6:30 p.m.
The powder puff game is flag football, as the girls of the freshmen and sophomore classes join forces against a team of juniors and seniors. Since the girls are playing football, it is logical for boys, many of them football players, to don the proper attire, pick up the pompons and become the cheerleaders.
The usually spirited powder puff is followed by the homecoming pep rally that, because of the construction, will be held the stadium. The evening’s activities wrap up with the snake dance to the practice field for the bonfire about 8:30 p.m.
Student-related activities are scheduled Oct. 17 but there is a lot on the agenda the next day. On Oct. 18 there is an assembly introducing the homecoming royalty. Then, not long after lunch, middle school and high school classes end for the day so kids can get ready to take part in the parade. The early release also provided the opportunity for those who aren’t in the parade to watch it.
In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Pirates marching band will lead the parade, stepping off from the starting point at 1:30 p.m. and marching along the same route as last year.
The parade will follow the route used last year with the assembly point on West Union Avenue, adjacent to Englewood Middle School, 300 W. Chenango Ave.
The bands, floats and marching groups will then proceed north on Delaware and go past Clayton Elementary School before turning east on Tufts Avenue. The parade will cross Broadway, pass Cherrelyn Elementary School and turn north on Logan Street, with the parade ending in the student parking lot at Englewood High School.
In addition to the Pirates marching band, the Englewood Middle School band will be in the parade, which also features homecoming royalty riding in convertibles as well as floats from the four classes, school clubs and the cheerleaders.
Just as the day’s light is fading, the focus again shifts to Englewood High School Stadium for the homecoming game against Weld Central.
As the 7 p.m. kickoff approaches, students and alumni will fill the stands for the game and cheer for the Pirates. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students with school identification.
For this game, halftime is extended for homecoming, as royalty is introduced, and culminates with announcement of the names of the two students selected as this year’s homecoming king and queen.
After the game, old acquaintances can be renewed, as there will be an alumni social in the commons at the high school. All Englewood alumni are invited and the event is free.
Saturday, the week’s activities wrap up with the Oct. 19 homecoming dance. In keeping with tradition, the dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. in the school commons. Tickets are sold at the commons during the lunch periods.