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As the school year begins to wrap up, students undoubtedly look forward to a few events and Prom is most likely one of those. At Insight School of Kansas we host a prom every spring. Our student council officers and representatives work hard all semester to plan for this momentous occasion.

The student council representatives and sponsors started out brainstorming possible themes and after narrowing it down to the top 5, the entire student body was able to vote on the theme they liked most.  This year’s winning theme was Starlit Paris.

Our Starlit Paris prom featured décor and an ambiance representing the city of Paris under a starlit sky. Student council and staff members worked hard the day before prom to set up all of our decorations and props which featured an Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, twinkling lights hanging from above, and many other Parisian inspired items.

After a full day of decorating our student council vice president said it best, “I love it! It is absolutely perfect! Everything just came together.”

Just like at a Brick and Mortar prom, there is a small fee to attend, but our student council has also found a way to raise awareness and assistance for a local food pantry by offering students who bring in a non-perishable food item half price admittance to prom. Donations are then gathered and delivered thanks to our Vice Principal, Gloria Smith.

As students walked through the doors to enter prom this year, they were immersed into Paris under the twinkling lights. Decorations hung from the ceilings and walls, the live DJ was blasting some of the latest and greatest music, and the photographer was clicking away. This school year we were lucky to have an in house photographer, Ashley Anderson, 10th grade advisor, who graciously volunteered to photograph the event.

Of course snacks, treats, and drinks were also provided.  From mini cheesecakes to fruit and veggie platters and more, our students were able to snack while they danced the night away. One special snack that has become a tradition is donated by our very own Nate Freitag who generously supplies fresh popcorn from his farm, Free Day Popcorn.

Kari Schwanke, ISKS teacher, expressed why she feels prom was a success, “Prom is important because it gives our school a sense of community and the students were able to relax, have fun, and meet their classmates and teachers. I love that we can promote a positive school culture through such a fun event.”

Students socialized and danced all evening at what many staff members thought to be our biggest turnout yet.  “This year’s turnout was fantastic. Students even arrived before prom officially started. Seeing the students mingling, socializing, and laughing made the night a total success,” Nate Freitag, student council co-sponsor.

Another tradition we have at ISKS is the announcement of our Mr. And Ms. Insight.  Mr. and Ms. Insight is similar to a prom king and queen, but it awards and highlights character traits and qualities that exemplify the spirit of ISKS, positive attitude, encouraging others, and dedication to our school community.  This award was first introduced a few years ago and students and staff absolutely love it. Kathy Seitz, ISKS math teacher, organized this award because she felt that it gave staff and the students an opportunity to honor and acknowledge the traits of some of our most encouraging and positive students.

As the night came to a close, one ISKS student reflected, “I am not ready to go home yet, this was awesome!  Seeing all of my friends in person was amazing.” I reminded the student that we still have a few more face to face events this school year remaining to see his classmates and that there will be another amazing prom next year!

 

 

About The Author

Lauren Weber

Lauren Weber is a high school world history teacher and the social studies department chair at Insight School of Kansas (ISKS). She has been with ISKS since 2009. Lauren graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006. In 2008 she received her graduate teacher certification in secondary education-social studies, and she is currently working on her master's in administration-building leadership. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports with her kids, and baking.

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