Anytime someone gets into a new partnership there will always be those times when one side does not think the other is holding up their side of the bargain. NFV is not immune to that and it appears that Homecoming has brought out one of the bigger issues we need to deal with. Two issues actually, and both negatively impact the MS students.
First of all, the Thursday Night parade has been in the works for two years. We've been discussing it with city leaders and trying to make it work in many ways. I think it has the potential to be a great homecoming tradition embraced by the communities and schools alike. However, we missed a scheduling conflict between MS sports and parade night. This is not intentional and with enough foresight and planning will be corrected in future if we continue to have Thursday parades. At this point, however, we cannot change the scheduled activities. We hope that many of the MS students will get back in time to see the parade, or at least the pep rally that follows it, but we apologize for missing this conflict in our schedules.
Along with Homecoming comes many, many different traditions that makes each school unique. We have found that Valley's Homecoming festivities vary quite a bit from North Fayette's traditions. While we can say the Parade is a "New NFV tradition" (Isn't it an oxymoron to use new and tradition together?), we have tried to retain a mixture of old and new for both districts. One of the Valley practices that they wanted to retain was allowing some of the Homecoming fun to be special for HS students and thus restricted to them. Things like the dress up days. In its place, Valley has used Red Ribbon Week as a fun and educational event late in October. In respecting some traditions of each school's past we have retained that practice for this year.
Aside from Homecoming, I've heard some grumbling about how much more NF has done to change over the colors and signage around the school than Valley. Please be patient, as it is in the works. Many of the new things at North Fayette, like the scoreboard, banners, and other outdoor signage, were in the planning stages early last spring. While NF was planning for these changes, Valley was struggling with other issues, they just got a later start. As the year goes on you'll see more and more changes in the outward appearance of the school. Rest assured though, that inside those walls, all students are treated as NFV students, given expanded opportunities to learn and have a strong staff of caring and dedicated educators making their Middle School experience just as special as the High School students.
Dare I say, its only Homecoming? Let keep our focus on the quality of education and the relationships we are building. We know some of these issues will be difficult, and we know we can make them better next year. The power of hindsight is a great thing, with your help and feedback that's what will make NFV better year after year.
Proud to Be NFV!