by Peter Bodley
Coon Rapids Middle School’s Showcase Night Feb. 23 was appropriately named.
The second annual event was an opportunity for students to showcase their work at school this year to their parents.
According to Cassie Anderson, eighth-grade English teacher, who headed the organization of the event, one of the purposes of showcase night was “to get people into the building for the right reason.”
And that is for parents to see the work their son or daughter have been doing in school, Anderson said.
The goal was to have every student participate in the showcase night, although it was not mandatory for students, she said.
But of the 1,300 students in the school, Anderson said some 95 percent were involved in showcase night one way or another. “Students were excited to be part of the showcase,” she said.
And the first showcase night in 2011 proved to be an enticement for students to take part this year, Anderson said. “It has been very positive,” she said.
Students had art work and social studies posters displayed all over the school – in hallways, display cases, in classrooms and on display board.
There were performances by the school’s jazz band and show choir, while students showed off science projects to their parents in a gymnasium.
In addition, there were student demonstrations of interactive whiteboards and iPads, CO2 car races, poetry reading, pottery making and multicultural exhibits.
As well, work was displayed by students in world language, alternative math, English As a Second Language program, communications, computer lab, life skills, weight training, speech narrative discourse, tutorial process, written and original poetry, life science, pre-algebra scale drawings of students’ homes, earth science experiments, honors geometry map project and world geography country projects.
There were also education games set up for students to challenge parents in sixth-grade math and “Are You Smarter Than a Seventh-Grader?”
Other activities included making books marks, creating tissue flowers and a cake walk.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org