Although it took the students a while to get accustomed to the new house system, seventh grade dean Josh Budde has been “surprised how enthusiastic the kids have been with it.” During break, students can participate in an optional house competition where each group is given 20 questions that need to be answered in 20 minutes. Other house activities have been the weekly question and history teacher Stephen Chanâs trivia “Where in the World,” where 20 pictures of buildings are posted and students have to find the name of each building and its location.
Future competitions include a dodge ball tournament, having the highest attendance at the upcoming dance and a charity event. To raise money for the selected charity, students would put pennies in their houseâs water jug to try to come up with the greatest amount of pennies. However, when a house puts in any other coin besides a penny in another houseâs jug, the house with the quarters or nickels will lose points. According to Budde, in order to raise as much money as possible, “sabotage is encouraged.”
â Stephanie Deutsch