Patriot Games 3.0 was an exciting day filled with team-building games, delicious food, and opportunities to get to know new students and faculty. On August 15, students arrived to school and after being situated in the sanctuary, watched an exciting video of the new ASB team. This prepared the school for the games as selected members of the faculty came down the aisles with torches and met the new superintendent Mr. Pat McCarty on the stage. He appeared as the CHS mascot, “Pat” and introduced himself to the students and explained the rules for the games.
Students were then divided into groups and sent out to compete in mini-games for points. Some of the games included Dunkin’ Duarte, where students had the chance to dunk Mr. Duarte, Giant Jenga, where teammates had to work together to build a tower without letting it fall, and Slip ‘n Slide Fun, where students individually slid down a giant tarp to try and reach a certain distance. Freshman, Genevieve Damata said, “My favorite game had to be the ladder one because our team had to figure out how to work together.” Students only had about five minutes at each station before moving on to the next. Games were stationed all over campus, from the turf field to the gym, and even the swimming pool.
Once all of the games were completed, students went to the bleachers and were served by the loving PTF. Lunch included a delicious hot dog with chips, and students ate at their designated lunch areas. Subsequently students went to their new advisory classes and got to know each other and their new advisors. Students were told to assemble a puzzle, based on the school’s theme of unity, and discussed their goals for the year.
At the end of the day, Mr. Sniff had a special surprise for all of the teachers and students, a giant water balloon fight between the grades. Students threw water balloons across the fields and tried to drench each other. While the water balloon fight didn’t go exactly as planned, it was an exciting way to end the day.
By: Serena Krivitz