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Attention: Due to construction activities, athletic fields for different sports will be reallocated during the multiple phases of the project. View the updated Field Schedule [PDF] »
Our next meeting is being held on Monday, February 8, 2016, at the high school at 5:00 PM. Agenda items will be included in a future update.
SAVE THE DATE: The NMRHS Building Committee is pleased to announce that we will be holding a “topping off” ceremony for the high school project on February 9, 2016, at 10:00 AM. This event marks a significant milestone in the construction process.
The Tradition of the “Topping Off “Ceremony, provided by our designer, SMMA | Symmes Maini & McKee Associates:
The topping off ceremony is a contractor’s tradition begun years ago by Scandinavians, who believed their gods lived in trees. Early Scandinavians placed the top-most branches of trees, cut for lumber in the construction, atop their completed buildings to prevent incurring the wrath of both their gods and souls of man. Man’s soul was believed to originate in trees and return to them.
To live amiably among the tree gods, these early folk accompanied the topping off with festivity and ceremony. With this, they thought the building and its occupants would gain good luck since no tree god would wreak vengeance on so devout a believer.
The ceremony was seen by early inhabitants of England as a way to solve their dilemma since they also were mortally terrified to cut down even one tree. Finally, tree gods were looked upon as more benevolent, and there was a ceremonial shift to declarations of sturdy and lasting craftsmanship and symbols of good luck for the owner.
In the modern topping off ceremony, we honor the tradespeople who build the facility for their quality construction. We honor the ancient traditions with the symbolic tree on the beam, and we honor our country with the American flag. We also invite participants to put their name on the final beam and become a permanent part of the new building.