When one door closes, students and staff at the Freshman Success Academy get the opportunity to see the results of an annual competition within the building. In fact, there are many doors decorated with a holiday theme which were chosen by vote within each of the classrooms. Decor ranges from “A Christmas Story” to “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and these works of cut-paper art show the creativity within the FSA.
“This is the third year of this still fairly new tradition. It began as a team door decorating contest with one of the teams three years ago and has now blossomed into a full-blown advisory vs. advisory competition. It was not intended to do so, but most of the best traditions are stumbled upon not pre-planned.” -Tyrek Artley, FSA Staff.
Each year classrooms pull together a theme and put it to paper then place it on their classroom door. The designs are then subject to judging by the building principal and this year three winners were chosen. In third place, the Roche Classroom (Rm. #322) with an “Elf’s Day Out” theme, in second place was the Ackerman Classroom (Rm. #131) with “A Christmas Story,” and in first place was the Erichsen Classroom (Rm. #217) with a giant rendition of an “Elf on a Shelf.” The winning advisory classroom will receive a pizza or ice cream party of their choice on the last day of the semester.
“The team leaders usually facilitate the conversations about these great customs and help to make sure that the students feel involved in more than just school while at school. This is a very small way to help student explore things creatively, build teamwork, and share in some school spirit.” -Tyrek Artley, FSA Staff.
This fun holiday tradition breaks up the day-to-day grind providing both young and older a creative outlet prior to the long winter break. The school has hopes to make the tradition more extravagant in the future years, however, is proud of the base commitment to deck the halls of the Freshman Success Academy at least once per year.