Here are some things in the books that I find confusing or just don't understand. Thank you to anyone who can clarify!
What is School Spirit? I haven't read the book about this yet but have a feeling I might be confused!
Why does it mean when Kristy becomes President? When I first read the title of this book I thought it meant she was in the running for the White House!
Is it usual to have frequent school proms/dances? There was only one when I was at school and that was to celebrate finishing our final exams!
Is it possible to be demoted to another grade?
School spirit is like where two schools are going up against each other for sport. Fans and students come dressed up in school colors and support the school like a cheerleading section. Sometimes they can last a week and be held for any reason then just sports.
Class president is what Kristy ran for. The president gives speeches at the end of year at graduations or run fundraisers for different events.
No, the BSC had way too many dances lol. Homecoming at the beginning of the year, prom at the end for juniors and seniors. I think there’s a winter dance called snowflake. Most of these are high school though, middle schools might have one.
It is possible to be demoted but it’s not usually in the middle of the school year. You usually repeat the grade again from the beginning. It all depends on school district though. Sometimes you might just take a certain class at one grade level but contribute your others as normal.
Post by sparklymouse on Aug 17, 2018 19:25:28 GMT -5
My jr high had near-monthly dances. They weren't formal affairs like prom or Homecoming, but more just a way to socialize. High school had 3 formal dances each year that anyone could attend.
We had class officers (president, vp, secretary, and treasurer), but I honestly don't know what they did. They, like, booked a guest speaker each year for a special "fun" assembly, and were supposed to be in charge of organizing class reunions after graduation. I'm pretty sure my class has had one reunion in almost 20 years out of school, and some dude that I've never heard of runs the class Facebook group, so I genuinely don't know what the officers were really for. Lol.
I've never heard of being demoted to a lower grade. Once you pass, you pass. You can be forced to repeat certain classes or a grade if you don't pass enough classes/earn enough credits to move forward. I think in real life Claudia would have repeated 8th grade while the other girls went on to high school.
Post by wanderingfrog on Aug 27, 2018 18:50:32 GMT -5
I'm Canadian, not American, but my junior high had near-monthly dances as well and I went to a few of them. I never paid attention to how many dances my high school had because I wasn't interested in going to any of them except for prom. I did go to my own prom, and I had some friends a couple of years younger than I was, so I also went to my friend's prom as his date when I was 20.
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Post by oldhickory on Aug 28, 2018 16:47:48 GMT -5
Normally, you see kings and queens after big dances (like homecoming, courtwarming, or prom). It's usually popular students who get nominated, and they get to participate in some events leading up to the dance. Then they announce the winners at the dance and that's it. I have never ever seen a king or queen outside of a formal dance though.
Post by oldhickory on Aug 29, 2018 12:14:23 GMT -5
I guess I'm thinking high school only, not middle school. I don't remember any dances in middle school at all!
So we had homecoming in fall, courtwarming in winter, and prom in May. Everyone can go to homecoming and courtwarming, but only seniors can go to prom. So that's nine dances total if a student went to every dance in high school - not nearly as many as the BSC girls went to.
A lot of times the schools allot a certain budget per class, and student council is in charge of that budget, for things like dances or other social events. My school has class presidents and Student Body Presidents, and the student body presidents were in charge of being a liaison between the faculty and the students and working on issues important to the students. I remember one year they got parts of the dress code changed. Also, the senior class president may theoretically, at least, be in charge of class reunions for life, which take place every five years.