The tradition of Homecoming is alive and well at Faith West Academy. Each year families have questions about homecoming, the pep rally, the mum exchange, the football game, and the dance. We hope this guide will answer all of your questions.
Spirit Week is week-long celebration of Faith West spirit and Faith West pride. There are different dress themes for each day, the Homecoming Rally Thursday evening, the Homecoming football game Friday evening, and the Homecoming dance for High School students on Saturday evening.
Dress Day Passes
Dress day passes are $1 for 6th through 12th grade students and can be purchased in the gym before the 7:45 bell. Preschool through 5th grade students and all teachers are free all week. Friday proceeds will go to support Hurricane Harvey needs.
Dress Day Themes
Jeans or uniform bottoms may be worn during Spirit week. Jeans may not have holes or tears and may not be heavily distressed. Anything considered overly distracting for class will not be permitted. If you have to ask yourself “Is this too distracting?” it probably is.
- Monday—No school
- Tuesday—College Day-wear a t-shirt from your favorite college
- Wednesday—Lost in Space-sport your space gear: galaxy, silver & gray OR show your spirit for the Astros
- Thursday—Tacky Tourist Day…wear khakis, travel shirts, Sperry’s, etc.
- Friday— HOUSTON STRONG—wear your Homecoming T-shirt, or RED, WHITE AND BLUE!
Each year, a homecoming t-shirt is designed and sold to be worn at the Homecoming game. The T-shirts are $15 and will be delivered before game day. Print the order form and return to the Etc. Office by Oct. 3.
This RED OUT shirt can also be worn on RED OUT Wednesdays.
Homecoming Pep Rally
The homecoming pep rally is Thursday, October 19. The rally begins on the football field with the Faith West Band, cheer teams, and the Eagle Varsity Football Team. Homecoming Most Representative nominees will be announced, and the annual torch lit Homecoming March will take place around the Hidden Lake led by our senior athletes. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray. This is the time when the high school students exchange their mums.
Homecoming Most Representative
FWA “Most Representative” will be announced at the game at half-time. Rather than voting for a Homecoming King and Queen, Faith West seniors vote for a “Most Representative” boy and girl from the senior class. The high school teachers nominate male and female seniors with the following qualifications: excellent conduct, no failing grades, leaders in their class and on campus, and Christ-like character.
Homecoming Program Ads
The Athletic Booster Club would like to invite you to be a part of this exciting event by providing you with the opportunity to buy a feature or advertisement to be included in the Homecoming Special Edition of our Fall Sports Program.
All of America has homecoming football games, parades, pep rallies, and dances, but no place has a tradition quite like the Texas homecoming mum. This is no demure flower with a couple of ribbons. It’s a full-body shield of plastic flowers, sparkly ribbons, and teddy bears with graduation caps. And, this time of year, Texas students try to outdo each other with the biggest, wildest mum creations. They are practically works of art.
Wearing the mums TO SCHOOL is reserved for Faith West high school students. Elementary and junior high students may wear mums to the junior high football game, held before the rally, the Homecoming pep rally Thursday night, and to the homecoming game Friday night.
Mums (worn by the girls) and garters (worn by the boys) are typically exchanged between high school couples who will be attending the Homecoming dance, but any high school student is welcome to purchase their own mum or garter. Couples can exchange their mums Thursday evening at the pep rally. High school students may wear their mums at school all day on Friday, October 20. Mums are not worn to the Homecoming dance.
Faith West Freshman traditionally wear a single mum with a mix of colors in red, white, and blue. Silver and colored trinkets are used on these mums. Gold trinkets are traditionally reserved for Seniors.
Faith West Sophomores traditionally wear a single or double mum with a mix of colors in red, white, and blue. Silver and colored trinkets are used on these mums. Gold trinkets are traditionally reserved for Seniors.
Faith West Juniors traditionally wear a double or triple (or larger) mum with silver and white as the colors. Silver and colored trinkets are used on these mums. Gold trinkets are traditionally reserved for Seniors.
Faith West Seniors traditionally wear a double or triple (or larger) mum with gold and white as the colors. Gold trinkets are used on these mums.
Younger Faith West students (not in high school) who choose to participate in the mum tradition typically wear a mini mum or a finger mum in read, white, and blue. The streamers are shorter and the mini mum is less elaborate.
When Homecoming couples are not of the same grade level, they wear the mum that is customary for their individual grade levels.
Order a Mum from the FFA Floral Design Class
Mums can be made at home, ordered online, ordered through a local mum maker, or ordered from the Faith West FFA Floral Design class.
Mums ordered from the FFA Floral Design Class can be picked up Thursday at 3:30.
Homecoming Football Game
The Homecoming football game is Friday, October 20, at 7:00 pm. Please help us welcome FWA alumni and friends as the Faith West Eagles play HCYA Fort Bend Chargers. Wear RED to support EAGLE NATION! Let’s Get Fired Up! Also, if you have a Homecoming mum or garter, don’t forget to bring it along.
The Homecoming dance is Saturday, October 21, from 8:00 pm to midnight in the Faith West Fountain Area. This year’s theme is Rio De Janeiro Carnival, and the tickets are $20 each. Tickets will be on sale in the Etc. Office the week before the dance.
The Homecoming dance is for high school students only (grades 9-12, no exceptions). Girls wear short dresses (gowns are worn for prom) and boys wear dress slacks with a long sleeved shirt and a tie. Jackets are optional. Mums are not brought to the dance, but most couples exchange boutonnieres and corsages the evening of the dance. Couples or groups of students generally have dinner at a local restaurant and arrive fashionably late to the dance.
In keeping with Faith West Academy’s vision, our mission is to provide a fun, wholesome environment in which students may socialize and fellowship. Through these events, we hope to provide a training ground for the students to develop skills in social etiquette and conduct. In order to accomplish these goals, the following guidelines will be observed:
- Once a student enters the designated area of the event, that student will not be allowed to leave and re-enter. When the student leaves the designated area, the student must leave the property. (No hanging out in parking lot or vehicles.)
- All FWA social events are alcohol, tobacco, and drug free. Our zero tolerance policy will be strictly enforced.
- No outside food or drink is permitted at the dance. Refreshments are provided.
- The following will not be acceptable:
- Skin tight clothing
- Any skin showing in the midriff area
- Low-cut or backless tops (if it is too low in either the front or the back for a strapless bra to be worn, it is not acceptable.)
- Skirts or dresses that are shorter than tips of finger when standing with arms by side
- Male students may not be shirtless and shirts must have sleeves
- Inflammatory or vulgar logos/costumes
- Sensual dancing
- Inappropriate closeness while dancing
- Any student who is dressed inappropriately will be asked to fix the problem or that student will not be admitted to the dance or social. When in doubt, show a picture to Mrs. Strickland for approval.
If a student wants to invite someone from outside of Faith West Academy, they must get approval from the administration and complete the Reservation and Release of Liability form. Please see Mrs. Rodriguez to get your guest’s name on the approval list and to submit the Reservation and Release of Liability form. Approval for a guest may not be given at the door. The guest will not be admitted unless the Reservation and Release of Liability form is returned to Mrs. Rodriguez by Friday, October 20. Please note that when bringing a guest from outside of Faith West Academy, that guest should be of the opposite gender, be at least in the ninth grade, and be no older than twenty. Please also note that all Faith West Academy policies will be enforced at dances and socials.