• Mary Harrison

Clubs find creative ways to complete first round of meetings

The first two Tuesdays in October saw Club A and Club B organizations meet at CHS. Pictured above are FBLA members hearing from their school sponsors in Mrs. Childree's room.

On Tuesday October 6 and Tuesday October 13, Cairo High School clubs and organizations began their meetings for the 2020-2021 school year. Club A organizations met on October 6 and Club B organizations on October 13, both during the last 15 minutes of 1st block, from 9:10-9:25 a.m.

Several clubs got creative with the way they allowed for social distancing or incorporated virtual schooled or quarantined members.

Some groups, like Theatre Club, FBLA and Art Club, were able to meet as they normally would, with the addition of masks or face shields. Mr. Scott Easom, Art Club advisor, says that his meeting was “good.”

Because it has such a large membership, SAGE met in the auditorium to allow for social distancing.

SAGE members file out of the auditorium, where they met instead of a classroom to allow social distancing.

Interact Club, on the other hand, did not meet in person; Mrs. Paige Banks, co-sponsor, explained that because of having a completely virtual meeting, members “will view information their own time.”

Mrs. Bentley hands an information slip to a member of Helping Hands Club.

The meeting for Helping Hands Club, sponsored by special education department head Mrs. Nekita Bentley, was much like a "drive thru": instead of gathering all the students together at one time, Mrs. Bentley gave each member instructions on how to access the club’s Google Classroom class when they dropped by, and then allowed him or her to return to class or attend other club meetings.

Modeling a hybrid format, National Honor Society (NHS) advisor Mrs. Jenny Harrison had on-campus students meet in the library as usual, but she also streamed the NHS meeting on Zoom so that virtual school or quarantining students could watch it live. Mrs. Harrison also set up a Google Classroom for NHS, allowing off-campus students to fill out and turn in important forms while also giving on-campus students the option to go paperless.

Mrs. Harrison prepares for NHS members to arrive, while the Zoom meeting and NHS Google Classroom display on the library's projector.

“Most of our members either showed up in person or showed up through the Zoom, and I think it went really well,” Mrs. Harrison commented.

“All of our members now have joined the Remind [update thread] and most of them have already joined the Google Classroom… to stay active and current.”

Club sponsors were asked to email their membership roster to Mrs. Tonnie Gainous in the front office by October 5, so she should provide first block teachers a list of all students allowed to attend club meetings. Only a handful of Club A rosters were turned in by the deadline, making for a slim Club A day. However, Mrs. Tonnie says that once all the sponsors of Club A organizations submit their rosters, both days will see the same number of club meetings as usual.

Principal Chris Lokey called Club B day “very successful.” Explaining the smaller number of clubs meeting for Club A, he says, “Those kids just need to sign up. It was the… trying to get back into a routine.”

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