Monona Grove High School (MGHS) will be hosting homecoming festivities completely virtual this year due to COVID-19. The news comes after a July decision to start the school year with no in-person classes.

“The celebrations will clearly look different this year, but the students have been very creative and found exciting ways to honor tradition and build community,” said MGHS Principal Mitch McGrath.

In an attempt to keep the celebration as traditional as possible, the school still plans on having homecoming t-shirts for purchase, dress-up week, a virtual pep rally, and the election of a homecoming court.

Themed dress-up days were selected to align with the students’ virtual learning schedule, said senior class advisor and MGHS science teacher Natalie Nielsen. Monday will be pajama day, Tuesday is animal/pet day, Wednesday students will dress up in a color assigned to their class, Thursday is Candyland day, and the week will close off with Monona Grove spirit day on Friday.

Students can send in photos of themselves on dress-up days, which will appear in the yearbook. The overall theme for homecoming this year is Candyland, a choice made to commemorate how close in time the homecoming celebration is to Halloween, Nielsen said.

In lieu of a traditional pep rally, MGHS will be putting on a virtual pep rally that will consist of engaging videos from clubs, sports, students, and teachers. The pep rally can be accessed on the school’s website.

On the Wednesday of homecoming week, MGHS students will participate in a school-wide online quiz to test their knowledge about MGHS teachers and the history of Monona Grove.

Homecoming week will run from Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

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