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Our Yellow Jackets are having a spirited week! 

For over 100 years, one of our special Roanoke Rapids High School traditions is our yearly Homecoming football game that brings alumni, students, family, and community together to cheer for our fighting Yellow Jackets on the football field. 

This year, our theme for the week of school spirit days comes from The Wizard of Oz: “There Is No Place like Homecoming!” 

Monday was our traditional “Class Distinction Day.” 

Seniors represented the witch of the North by wearing white; juniors wore black and represented the witch of the West; sophomores wore blue to stand for Dorothy; freshmen wore tan like the Cowardly Lion; and staff wore green for the people of Oz. Tuesday was “Twister Tuesday: Anything but a Backpack”; when the tornado blew backpacks away, students had to bring their school supplies to school in anything other than backpacks. 

Today is “Which Witch is Which? Rhyme without Reason”: Students chose a partner and picked two words that rhyme (such as Barbie and army), and each student dressed as one of the rhyming words. 

Thursday is “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore,” so students will dress like tourists or wear an outfit that comes from somewhere other than Kansas. 

Friday is “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and students will wear black and gold.

In addition to spirit days, there are fun Homecoming events all week. 

Following the home soccer and volleyball games today (approximately 8:15 p.m.), we will host our yearly seniors versus juniors powderpuff game. 

Admission is $5 per person. 

Students from each class have been working hard to design and build the best float for Friday’s Homecoming parade, which follows the pep rally at 2:15 p.m. on the football field when we introduce the Homecoming court, cheerleaders, band, and football team. 

On Friday, Project Graduation is hosting its annual Jail and Bail at the Girl Scout Hut and mum sale and pickup on the Roanoke Rapids Early College lawn. 

Mums are $15, and they have mums available for purchase. 

The RRHS Sports Club is having its BBQ plate ($10/plate) and Boston butt ($45/Boston butt - preorder) sale with pickup at the Girl Scout Hut. 

Orders can be placed in advance by calling Ed Liverman at

252-536-6962 or Scott Hall at 252-203-3232. 

Kickoff for the Homecoming football game against Northern Nash is 7 p.m. 

The RRHS Alumni and Friends have planned a very special pre-game celebration to honor our past and present cheerleaders. 

We are expecting over 100 former cheerleaders. 

The Alumni and Friends have also coordinated exciting post-game fireworks, and the Sports Club has organized the Avenue Review band to play on the softball field following the fireworks. On Saturday, the all-class luncheon will be in the RRHS cafeteria (contact Joan DiAngelo at 252-532-3208). 

Alumni and visitors will be able to tour the campus and see the projects spearheaded by the Alumni and Friends.

Our schools have been joyful places last week. 

Representative Michael Wray, Public Information Officer Mandy Clark, and I rode with bus driver Cathy Duhadaway and bus monitor Megan Cobb to pick up and greet Chaloner, Belmont, and RRHS students. 

I visited Manning Elementary’s first grade during their reading block and fifth grade at lunch to spend time getting to know our students. 

I was so proud of our Belmont Bees, who celebrated Attendance Awareness in September and celebrated perfect attendance with a pizza party; last week there were 324 students who had no tardies, no early checkouts, and no absences! 

Thank you families for all of your hard work in having your students here bell-to-bell! 

Lastly, all families, if you need help with online forms, the Parent Portal, and/or Rooms through the RRGSD app, please bring your government issued ID and come to RRGSD’s Connect Night this evening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the RRHS Media Center.