Remember GA?

I do.

My high school class (2002) was pretty quiet, which I suppose is mostly a good thing. 2000 had fun, and 2001 seemed to enjoy organized crime. I don't know much about what happened after we graduated, but I do know that I wish we had the sensibility of the 2006. Our version of the principal recently mentioned "gangs" when commenting on a small skirmish in which a student was punched, which is a big deal there. How did the Class of 2006 respond? They convinced him that two feuding gangs were on campus, with defined territories and "neutral" areas such as the cafeteria. That's awesome. In the end, they just shot each other with water guns. They've also staged two all-day games of capture the flag, played inside the school. Players joined in during their free periods, running down the halls to the amusement of classmates and teachers alike. The best thing about playing capture the flag in school is that it prompts the obligatory "Why you shouldn't play capture the flag in school" announcement from those in charge. I don't think we did anything like that.

This reminds me that I sent out an email a while ago about changes at the school. Nobody responded to it, so I'll just make it public. Here it is:
From: Concerned Alumni Association
Subject: Dress Code Revisions for Academic Year 2006-2007
Date: January 30, 2006 12:46:01 AM EST

I am writing to you as a concerned alumnus of Germantown Academy. It has recently come to my attention that the Middle School and Upper School are planning to implement a revised dress code beginning in September of 2006. As I understand it, the new code makes collared shirts mandatory and prohibits any denim. While these measures are sure to make great progress in ensuring a more presentable student body, I fear that the fullest potential of a new dress code may not be realized without valuable input from the strong alumni community. Since we have yet to be contacted regarding the new code, I am sending you our unsolicited advice that we would like The Academy's students, parents, faculty, and administration to consider before the new dress code is finalized. Please read the attached report carefully and forward to any appropriate parties.

report.pdf (324 KB)

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Posted: Sunday - March 05, 2006 at 11:35 PM