There's no way that Simons Middle School would have finished its year off without holding its very famous Simons Olympics. Now in its fourth year, it seems like things just keep getting better. The opening ceremonies were held the week of April 13th, with flags parading down the field, music playing and speeches read. There was even a torch-lighting.
"The ceremonies have the original songs and speech that is read at the real Olympics. I want them to experience the 'real thing,' or as close as I can make it," said PE teacher Donna Rivera, who created the Simons Olympics events. She explains that she teaches this event to show her students how the Olympics are run, so they can learn about other countries, and to integrate other core subjects into PE.
The students were required to research the countries they chose to represent. They are now competing in an 8-week physical game competition, where they learn about teamwork and what it means to lose together and win together.
Closing Ceremonies will take place on June 3rd, with an awards assembly and REAL medals this year for the first time. The National Anthem of the country that wins the gold medal will also be playing--like the real Olympics. Good luck to all of the countries!