News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 1, 2014
Discover Night showcases DISHS student work

Sharing scientific discoveries at Deer Isle-Stonington

Logan Eaton demonstrates the science of dissection as part of Discovery Night activities held at Deer Isle-Stonington High School in Deer Isle, Maine on April 16, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Heather Cormier

by Faith DeAmbrose

“Students do some really amazing stuff” at the Deer Isle-Stonington High School, and at a recent Discovery Night that “stuff” was on display for all to see.

In its second year as a stand-alone event, Discovery Night replaced the formerly held “parents’ night.” That event, said DISHS Principal Todd West, “needed to change,” and showcasing the students’ accomplishments seemed a better way to fill that space.

From music to science and all points in between, students, their parents and members of the community flooded the high school April 16 to see the kinds of projects the students are doing at the school. “It is great to see students teaching their parents,” said West, “and to connect with the community to share what we are doing here.”

Discovery Night has turned out to be one of the school’s most popular events, drawing some of the highest attendance for a non-sports related activity, said West. Throughout the evening, there were performances, science demonstrations, games, music and a dinner provided by the PTF organization.