I will celebrate my 16th Homecoming as a teacher and coach at Moffat County High School this week, and the excitement for events, the anticipation of wins and the Bulldog spirit continue to be on display in our school and in the community.
Homecoming, and sports in general, are perfect avenues of opportunity for students, parents and fans to express their support for their school and the students who attend. Throughout the past 16 years, we’ve generated many exciting memories, at least from a coaching perspective.
What’s great about this year is the return of a full-fledged pep assembly at 11:30 a.m. Friday. I hope as many of you from the community as possible will come up to see how excited our students can get about supporting the Bulldogs sports teams.
Anytime we get a group of students together that number in the hundreds, it can be a bit scary for teachers and staff. Students feel emboldened in a crowd to yell and scream their support but also to say a few choice words, get an inappropriate chant going or throw something from the crowd.
If you’ve been to a college or professional sporting event anytime during the past number of years, you know that kids have plenty of examples of bad behavior. However, I’m proud to be able to write that MCHS and those in positions of leadership have decided that going forward with an assembly will be part of a revival of school spirit in our community.
We’ve been beaten over the head enough with test scores and how our sports teams are struggling. We hear enough about how public schools are failing our children and how teachers don’t care about kids. But the return of “full-on” Homecoming activities supported by our local booster club and administration is a testament to the care and spirit we can achieve as a community when given the opportunity.
Keep fighting Bulldogs!
At least that’s what I think.