The WPA Dance is Saturday, February 12th from 8-11 p.m. Since this is the first major dance of the year that Freshmen may attend, I thought it would be a good idea to send out a few reminders and offer some suggestions.
- Tickets will be sold online. Online sales will begin on Wednesday, February 2nd. Tickets will be $15 per person. That price will be good through Sunday, February 6th at midnight. Starting February 7th and ending February 10th at midnight, tickets will be $20 a person. If you cannot purchase tickets online, students can go to room 203 to purchase them. On Friday, February 11th, tickets will be sold in school only until noon for $25 a person. ABSOLUTELY NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. Tickets are non-refundable.
- Outside dates must be approved by the activities director, Mr. Ken Fox. A form may be picked up in the activities office or printed online starting January 24th. Directions for completing the form can be found on the form. All outside date forms must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 9th. We do not allow students to bring dates 21 or older to any dance.
- The theme for this year’s dance is “Disco Fever”. Unlike many area schools, WPA at Aquinas is not a semi-formal dance. It is a themed dance and students are encouraged to have fun with their outfits. Bell-bottoms, go-go boots, platform shoes, and sparkles all make the evening more fun.
- All students must be at the dance no later than 9 p.m. All students will enter and exit through the South Commons doors. Students may not leave and re-enter. They must stay at the dance until 10:30 p.m. All students will be searched as they enter the event. All coats, purses, bags, etc. will be searched before entering.
- We will have a breathalyzer at the dance, as we do at all dances. Students will be tested as they enter. Cars that are parked in the lot can be checked. Limos and buses are not encouraged but if they do show up, they will be searched. If your student brings an outside date from another school, they are responsible for that student.
- A growing concern is the number of students who attend “after” WPA parties or spend the night with fellow classmates. If you feel the need to have a party, please be very diligent in supervising the party. Students in the basement without a chaperone have caused parents many headaches over the years. Sleepovers are highly discouraged. All students should have a curfew for these special nights and absolutely do not allow boy/girl sleepovers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your student coming home after the dance. Dinner and the Dance are enough for the evening.
Parents must get involved in their student’s activities that evening and make it clear that you will not tolerate drinking. Research shows that parents have a huge influence and impact on whether their sons/daughters get involved in underage drinking. After interviewing students who do not drink, they make it clear the reason they don’t drink is that their parents expect them not to drink. State this to them over and over; make it clear. DO NOT ASSUME! We highly encourage a curfew for these special nights.
If we all work together on the nights of special occasions, we can help keep our students safe. I believe the most important thing you can do as a parent is communicating with other parents and make sure you are up and talking to your student when they arrive home.
Michael Sullivan, Ed.D.
Principal, Student Services
Principal, Student Services