Oct. 4, 2011 — I had such a fun time last Wednesday night at Arnold Field, at Lassen High School.
It was Powder Puff football night. The annual homecoming event where our lovely, young ladies of LHS throw aside genteel behavior and take to the gridiron for some rough and tumble flag football.
The boys switched places and tried to act like girl cheerleaders and drill team wearing past uniforms.
All I can say is the boys were cute and amusing.
I was rooting for the senior/frosh team by default.
“My” team won 19-14, but the biggest winner of the night was the LHS Associated Student Body.
At $5 a person it was a huge fundraiser for the students who will use the money for dances, graduation and other extra events such as assemblies, special guests and great learning experiences like “Breaking Down the Walls.”
Arnold Field was a full house.
I’d say it was almost like a home football game missing some die-hard adult fans and the middle school students.
While at the game, I talked to the new LHS Dean of Students Charles Thatch, who is moving from Coachella High School in the Palm Desert, Calif. area.
He was impressed with the attendance and asked what the Homecoming game would be like.
I told him double the numbers.
I think Mr. Thatch is going to be a nice addition to the administrative staff at LHS as he takes on discipline duties and eventually testing and possibly athletics.
I got the feeling he loves students but also knows they need to learn proper behavior and boundaries.
My first impression is that he will be able to discipline a student today and shoot basketballs with them tomorrow.
He is the kind of man that teenagers respect.
In the next coming weeks, the paper will hopefully introduce Thatch to you the reader because even if you don’t have a student at the high school you are what one would call a stakeholder — someone who needs to have a say in of what is happening at the school.
It sets on Main Street.
The students may frequent your place of business at lunchtime or after school.
Your neighbor or coworker may have a student at the school. Your future employee may soon be graduating from the school.
I was told currently there are almost 1,000 students at the LHS and Credence High School campuses.
Combine those students with the number of students allowed to come to open invitation events such as football, field hockey, volleyball or basketball, there can be up toward 1,200 to 1,500 preteens and teenagers in one central locality.
I admire a school that has the foresight to realize it needs an administrator to help deal with the complexities of teenage life — parents, peer pressure, hormones, adolescence, culture to name a few.
I personally welcome Mr. Thatch and hope to get to know him in the last few months I am an official LHS parent and then afterward as he becomes part of the Lassen County community.
I hope you find this community as warm, friendly and caring as my family did when we came nearly as far 10 years ago.
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