CHS Homecoming Pep Rally

Madeline Rhomberg, left, and Morgan McMullen help pass out Homecoming beads in a crowded Cascade Elementary gym during a past celebration.

For generations, Cascade citizens have turned out to enjoy Cascade High’s annual Homecoming parade and football game. In turn, CHS students have taken the party on the road to Cascade Elementary and Aquin Catholic schools to fit in as much fun as they could.

Things are about to change, but CHS students are hoping to make it a change for the better, as they’ve revamped how the school observes Homecoming, occurring this year Friday, Sept. 27.

“This year what we’re gonna do at CHS is going to be a big change,” said Nora Noonan, a member of the student council. She, along with fellow student council members Gavin Foust-Wollenberg, Samantha Recker and Sydney Weber, explained the changes and the reasons for making them.

“This is a natural time to change since we got a new principal,” said Foust-Wollenberg. “It’s the perfect time to set our new way of doing things.” Foust-Wollenberg was quick to point out that there was nothing “wrong” with the old way, just that a summer meeting with new principal Ryan Fritz resulted in looking at some new ways to celebrate.

Instead of actually attempting to teach classes that Friday, the teachers will have a list of activities they can conduct during class time — from braiding hair to learning about power tools, and from holding scavenger hunts to decorating cookies.

“We’re doing a fun lunch and then the high school’s pep rally,” said Noonan, “but right after that the whole Cascade community is gonna come together for one big pep rally in our new gym.”

The students are encouraging as many people from the community to attend as possible, to make it as big a celebration as possible.

One of the factors spurring the change, according to Weber, was diminishing space at Cascade Elementary in which to perform. “The logistics weren’t quite adding up to continue having the pep rallies at the different schools.”

Recker added, “As (CES) enrollment increased, there was less room for us to even have the pep rally in their gym. It just makes more sense to bring everybody together. By bringing everybody together, it allows those students to have a positive experience before becoming actual high school students.”

The CHS schedule calls for door decorating from 8:05 to 9:05 a.m., learning extensions (the various activities) from 9:10 to 10:10 a.m. and from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the CHS pep rally from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., the community pep rally from 12:45-1:45 p.m., and the parade, beginning at 2 p.m.

“We want to make this day fun for the kids at CHS and as many people as possible,” said Noonan.