Originally published in
Island Ad-Vantages, April 18, 2013
Island community discovers student achievements at Discovery Night
Parents and community members wandered the halls of the high school on Wednesday, April 10, checking out student artwork and poetry, watching students demonstrate proper use of a lathe or blacksmithing techniques, competing against one another to win chess matches and even dissecting a sheep’s eye.
All of these activities were part of Discovery Night, an evening where student work and activities were showcased to parents and community members invited into the school. The event was inspired by other schools who celebrate student achievement with special events and was more of a success than hoped for, said principal Todd West.
“It was so neat to watch students showing off what they’re doing,” said West. “Students having the confidence to show what they can do, that dynamic was the best part of the night.”
The event was organized by staff with key assistance from technology coordinator Marcus Ford and art teacher Katy Helman, said West.
Many students were excited to share projects they were working on. T.J. Bray showed off stool legs created on a lathe, several students worked on murals in the hallways, math team members challenged each other and the public to complete math problems and more. Community members like Suzanne Ruch enjoyed food grilled by Athletic Director and PE teacher Matt Larsen.
The event will be held again, said West. “We’ll continue to fine tune it, but it was absolutely a success.”