News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 18, 2013
Island community discovers student achievements at Discovery Night

Discovering a lot at the Deer Isle-Stonington Discovery Night

As part of Deer Isle-Stonington’s Discovery Night, a sheep’s eye is dissected as high school students guide members of the public and explain what each part of the eye does.

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by Jessica Brophy

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.”

Emily West with science teacher Cindi Eaton Heanssler

Emily West, daughter of Deer Isle-Stonington High School Principal Todd West, makes blue slime with science teacher Cindi Eaton Heanssler during Discovery Night.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Discovery Night Painting

Logan Eaton, left, and Alicia Allen, work on a mural at the high school during Discovery Night.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Discovering a lot at the Deer Isle-Stonington Discovery Night

As part of Deer Isle-Stonington’s Discovery Night, a sheep’s eye is dissected as high school students guide members of the public and explain what each part of the eye does.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Megan Weed helps Emily West  check out a small creature

Student Megan Weed, left, helps Emily West, daughter of Deer Isle-Stonington high school principal Todd West, check out a small creature in the biology lab.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Kasi Billings at the Discovery Night.

Kasi Billings lays out her quilt on Discovery Night.

T.J. Bray works in Dennis Saindon’s industrial arts shop.

High school student T.J. Bray works on a stool leg on a lathe in Dennis Saindon’s industrial arts shop. Bray was one of many students showcasing his work on Wednesday, April 10.