Hermosa Valley School Spirit Games take a page out of Harry Potter

Hermosa Valley School Headmistress Minerva McGonagall (aka literature teacher Julia) Cox explains the Spirit Games rules. Photo by Kevin Cody
by Kevin Cody

Hermosa Valley School literature teacher Julia Cox looked like Hogwarts Headmistress Minerva McGonagall as she explained the Valley Spirit Games rules last Wednesday. 

In the first game, she explained, the six teams would have 10 minutes to choreograph a 30 second dance to pop singer Rich Astley’s “Never going to give you up.”

The teams were the Orange Leopards, Green Grizzly Bears, Red Wolves, Blue Crocodiles, Yellow Lions, and Purple Jaguars. The teams, which named themselves, were composed of students from each of Valley’s fifth through eighth grades.

Resemblances to Hogwarts were not coincidental. Spirit Games was inspired by Harry Potter’s alma mater. Instead of teams being determined by class, sex, or ability, the teams, like Hogwarts’ houses, are made up of a cross section of students from each class. 

Principal Jessica Bledsoe introduced the Spirit Games last fall as part of Valley School’s Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS). The next Spirit Games are scheduled for April 26. ER


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