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Let’s get AWTYSTRONG as we celebrate Awty’s 2018 Homecoming Spirit Week on November 5-9. Bring your Awty spirit for a week of fun including dress up days, a medallion hunt, contests, and more!  Homecoming week will culminate with two varsity soccer games versus The British International School of Houston on Friday, November 9 at Awty Field.  Join us for games at 5:00 p.m. (girls) and 7:00 p.m. (boys) along with food, face painting, inflatables, giveaways, and more!  Go Rams!


Event Schedule

Monday, November 5

  • Dress Up: Dress up as your favorite Superhero
  • Sprit Week Assembly: Middle & Upper School
  • Medallion Hunt: Middle & Upper School

Tuesday, November 6

  • Dress Up: Wear your favorite athletic team jersey or yoga attire
  • Medallion Hunt: Middle & Upper School
  • Morning Kick: Middle & Upper School
    • Free breakfast snack served in the Quad at 7:15 a.m.
    • "Physically Strong" yoga session in the PAAC at 7:25 a.m.

Wednesday, November 7

  • Dress Up: Wear creative pajamas (add crazy hair, socks, etc.)
  • Medallion Hunt: Middle & Upper School
  • Sidewalk Chalk Decorating: Lower School
  • Morning Kick: Middle & Upper School
    • Free breakfast snack served in the Quad at 7:15 a.m.
    • "Artistically Strong" music and dance performance in the PAAC at 7:25 a.m.

Thursday, November 8

  • Dress Up: Wear a T-shirt from your favorite university or dress up as your aspirational profession
  • Medallion Hunt: Middle & Upper School
  • Learn to Play Chess: Lower School
  • Morning Kick: Middle & Upper School
    • Free breakfast snack served in the Quad at 7:15 a.m.
    • "Academically Strong" teacher challenge in the PAAC at 7:25 a.m.

Friday, November 9

  • Dress Up: Green & Gold
  • Community Mural Creation: Lower School
  • Pep Rally: All-School
  • Homecoming Soccer Games vs. The British International School of Houston
    • Girls at 5:00 p.m.
    • Boys at 7:00 p.m.
  • Homecoming Court Coronation: Halftime during the boys soccer game

Saturday, November 10

Upper School Homecoming Dance:

  • Time: 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Location: Red Oak Ballroom, located within the Norris Conference Center at CityCentre, 816 Town and Country Blvd., Ste. 210, Houston 77024.


2018 Themed Spirit Days    
Monday, November 5 Strong Inspirations: Superheroes Dress up as your favorite Superhero 
Tuesday, November 6 Physically Strong Wear your favorite athletic team jersey or yoga attire
Wednesday, November 7 Artistically Strong Wear creative pajamas
Thursday, November 8 Academically Strong Wear a T-shirt from your favorite university or
dress up as your aspirational profession
Friday, November 9 Awty Strong Wear GREEN & GOLD and show your Awty Spirit!


Royal Court

King Taddeo Toffanin
Queen Amelia Ward

King Karim Machkhas
Queen Tayma Machkhas

King Antoine Biebuyck
Queen Catherine Ohrt

King Armando Ortiz
Queen Isis Acogny

King Naim Mekdessi
Queen Armanda Simon

King Carlos Luis Garcia
Queen Melanie Guirette

King Hashim Alawami
Queen Claire Jardin

King Luke Thompson
Queen Babette Hohrath

King Kendall Russ
Queen Charlotte Peeters

King Pastor Oropeza
Queen Rachel Holden

King Philip Queller
Queen Sophie Peeters

2006 - Lucie Pognonec
2005 - Brechtje Sopnel
2004 - Sarah Mansur
2003 - Anna Wittenberg
2002 - Sarah Tranter
2001 - Lisa Hedge
2000 - Joanna Hedge
1999 - Asli Pamir

1998 - Mona Lisa Al Attar
1997 - Kelley Robins
1996 - Nadia Bahrani
1995 - Yego Shimelis
1994 - Rachel Lavaver
1993 - Laura Williton
1992 - Claire Jaubert
1991 - Christina Pease

1990 - Sarah Hittner
1989 - Helene Berge
1988 - Staci Spangler
1987 - Andrea Paoloski
1986 - Irena Moon
1985 - K.D. Evans
1984 - Kim Gaido
1983 - Tammy Christensen


What is Homecoming?

To help those students and parents new to Awty and the Homecoming experience, below are some explanations of various events/traditions seen during Homecoming Week.

One game during the soccer season is chosen as the "Homecoming Game" where the players and cheerleaders are recognized at the evening game. It is a time where the whole school is invited to participate, showing the Awty School Spirit. In addition, alumni (including former students and their parents) are invited to the game, giving the event its name.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams play a game on this day. One begins at 5:00 p.m. (afternoon game) and the other at 7:00 p.m. (evening game). The teams alternate by year which time slot their game is (one year the girls play the afternoon game and the boys play the evening game, the next year it will “flip”).

At half-time in the evening game, the Homecoming Court is presented, and the Homecoming King and Queen are announced (see the FAQs for more details).

This week consists of various events and customs, including the following:

Each day of Homecoming Week has a theme (super hero, favorite team, green and gold day, etc.) and friendly, competitive activities for students mainly in the Middle and Upper School to build excitement during the week, culminating in a Friday Pep Rally. Special activities are planned for the Preschool and Lower School to encourage their participation and build Awty Spirit.

This event is held on Friday morning to build excitement for the Homecoming Game held that night. The entire student body is gathered in the PAAC and the event is usually hosted by the cheerleaders. They lead various cheers and encourage everyone to show their Awty Spirit. Sorry, no parents due to space constraints.

First, the Student Council requests nominations for the Homecoming Court. Then, the Council announces the Homecoming Court and creates a ballot to select the King and Queen, which is voted on individually at school (secret ballot). The Council then announces the King and Queen during halftime of the evening game.

On the following evening (Saturday), there is usually a HOMECOMING DANCE for all Upper School students.

Cheerleading in the U.S. is considered a sport. It is a combination of dance and gymnastics and demands great strength and coordination. Students typically attend an intensive camp like other sports and practice during the week. They cheer at various sporting events and are responsible for encouraging school spirit in all students.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a Homecoming T-shirt?

Some years there is a dedicated Homecoming T-shirt. Awty Notes will have an announcement if Athletics is selling one with details on where and when to purchase it. If not, we encourage everyone to wear the current year Spirit T-shirt.

How do we buy the tickets for the game and/or the dance?

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the gate. We accept charging to the student account or cash, no credit cards.

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance are available during Spirit Week at Upper School lunch and are sold by the Student Council and they are charged to the student account.

Where can I purchase Spirit Items?

The School Store sells a wide variety of green and gold and Ram-themed items including pajama bottoms, socks, scarves and wigs. Purchases are typically charged to the student’s account, but cash is also accepted.

Any specific Awty traditions that are done at the game or dance?

There are no specific traditions. We do hope parents and students come ready to have a good time and to cheer our Awty Rams to victory.

There is something for every age.

The Athletics Booster Club has a supervised play area for our youngest Rams. There is an Alumni area sponsored by the Advancement Department. There is a food stand selling hot food and the Concession Stand is open to provide snacks and drinks of all kinds.

The gates open at 4:00 p.m. and all activities and concessions will be open. Admission is free for students if they arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tickets (if you choose to come later) and other Awty items will be for sale at the gate. These items can be charged to the student account.

Our Lower School students form a “Ram Tunnel” led by the cheerleaders to cheer the 7:00 p.m. soccer team onto the soccer pitch prior to the start of the game.

What about “mums” for girls at the game?

There is a tradition at American High School football games for girls to receive a corsage of a large mum, especially at Homecoming.  Awty does not follow this tradition.

Do kids take their dates for the dance to the games on Friday night as well?

Some will choose to take their date to the soccer games, particularly if they're in a committed relationship, but most will come separately and sit with their friends.

Do some kids come in groups to the games and dance?

Yes, many come in groups of friends. This is very common.

How dressed-up do the kids get for the dance? Tuxedos? Formal dresses?

We say "cocktail attire". For boys, suits and ties, but no tuxedos (though some might choose to dress that way). For girls, a shorter, party-ready dress or even dressy separates like a skirt and blouse.

Cocktail attire is less dressy than "formal" attire, and much more casual than "black tie.” There is no enforced dress code (other than general standards of decency at school events).

When and where is the Homecoming Dance?

The dance will be held this year on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

The location is Red Oak Ballroom within the Norris Conference Center at CityCentre. The address is 816 Town and Country Blvd., Ste. 210, Houston 77024.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please warn your child(ren) that if they leave the dance early, they will not be allowed back into the venue later.

Will there be food served at the dance?

A light meal will be served. It will likely be a salad bar as well as various light bites and dessert. Drinks (water, lemonade, fruit punch) will also be provided.

Do boys give a corsage to the girls for the dance?

Some might choose to, but it's not common or expected.

Do girls give a boutonniere to the boys?

Some might choose to, but it's not common or expected.

Do students rent a limo?

Some might, but it's not common practice, nor does the school encourage this. Most students drive themselves (self-parking is free), and some parents will drop off/pick up their children.

How does drop off/pick up work?

Drop off is simple; pull up to the drop-off area and let your child(ren) out. If there is a line, please wait until you get to the doors before letting your child(ren) out of the car.

Pick up is more difficult as most parents come at the same time. DO NOT park your car and come in to get your child. If you are picking up early, please call your child to come to the pick-up area. If picking up at the end of the dance, there will be a line of cars. Security and other personnel work as fast as possible to get students to the appropriate cars in a timely fashion. RESIST the urge to have your child(ren) find your car in the carpool line. Inattentive parents and students have resulted in near “misses” of students going to find their parents in the line. LET’S ALL BE SAFE!

Are adult chaperone volunteers needed?

No additional chaperones are necessary. We ask teachers to chaperone, and they are very generous with their time. Awty Security personnel are also present to supervise.

Do some students go out to dinner before the dance?

Many students choose to eat before, either with their date or a group of friends. Students do not feel nearly the same impetus to bring a date to Homecoming, compared to Prom.

Will there be other dances in the future for Upper School students?

The Student Council sometimes organizes a dance for all Upper School students in February/March, but this is less formal and held at the School.

The other Upper School dance is the Prom in the spring. Prom is only for Junior/Première and Senior/Terminale students.