In some cases, there are new rules and policies that students need to hear about, but class meetings are not the time for them to be expressed. With only 40 minutes to talk to the entire grade about the upcoming school year, time needs to be used wisely. New rules could just as easily be stated on the morning announcements to everyone at once rather than being shown on Power Points four consecutive times.
Of even greater importance is the discussion, or lack thereof, academic achievement. Every student who has been at a Pioneer class meeting can tell you about the depressing slides of student GPA statistics and class behavior probation percentages. Pioneer High School is one of the most academically successful schools in Michigan, yet its students are lead to believe the opposite. While it is necessary for Pioneer staff to push students and expect good grades from them, a little more appreciation would go a long way.
Most prominent though is the gaping hole of positive energy that comes out of these meetings. While there are small presentations by clubs and student council to bring awareness extra-curricular activities, not much is done to buildup student energy and pride for the year. Students spend the whole time lying back in their seats listening to same people ramble on about the same information. If Pioneer really wants to prepare students for a new year, they should promote the more fun aspects of the school. Let sports captains recruit new players and fans, let the band play some tunes, or let the drama department preform a skit. The goal of each presentation should be to get students on their feet and energized for the year.
While it may be too much to ask for the students to be singing “Kumbaya” and bouncing off the walls of the auditorium with excitement for a new year, it would be nice to see a little more school spirit and positive vibes fill the air at Pioneer.