A Unique Celebration of Learning at Redwater ISD

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Laurel Wren Emerson
RHS Newspaper Editor

A unique celebration of learning was held March 14, an academic showcase thrown by Redwater ISD. It replaced the school district’s annual open house, and all grades were in participation.
“There is only one word to describe the showcase: phenomenal,” school board member Bradley Rosiek said. “The community all came together for a new event and supported the school and students in an awesome fashion.”
Each class had a booth led by students demonstrating what they do in class. Hovercrafts made by the engineering class were tested, and outside, student-made catapults were on display.
“I was impressed with the teacher booths,” Superintendent Kathy Allen said. “One of my favorite things was the student-led activities.”
To ensure a steady flow of people, the event was limited to the high school and junior high gyms, band hall and elementary cafeteria.
 “It united the different schools and grades,” senior Jacob Keahey said. “I enjoyed it, and I liked the community aspect of it.”
Booths were set up in rows, and people walked through touring them. Different booths had posters, projects, videos, PowerPoints and slideshows to further explain classwork.
“I watched as one student’s PhotoStory brought tears to his mother’s eyes as she listened, her son’s voice telling a story he had written about his dad,” elementary teacher Stacy Deaton said. “It’s moments like those that quickly remind us about the importance of what we do on a daily basis and why we love doing it.”
As well as the booths, there were performances by the junior varsity and varsity winterguards, high school drill team, percussion theatre, middle school P.E. class and high school one act play group. Student art was also on display.
“The students experienced ownership of their presentations,” Deaton said. “Our community was able to witness explanations of the incredible teaching that goes on inside classrooms every day.”
The Drive A Buick fundraiser held on campus during the event raised over $2,000 for next year’s new STEM classes, and according to Allen, the elementary book fair did very well.
“It was amazing,” Allen said. “I am blown away; it was very close to everything we had in mind.”
Planning for the showcase began after Christmas, and in hopes of switching things up, it was intended to be bi-annual.
“The unknown variable was the response from the community, and that was better than we could have ever imagined,” Allen said. “I’ve heard enough positive responses that I would entertain planning it as an annual event.”
As is with every new function, kinks are ironed out afterwards. Allen plans to meet with teachers to figure out what needs to be different next year.
“If I could change one thing, I would compartmentalize it,” high school teacher Natalie Scott said. “That way, it wouldn’t be so crowded. But we had a big turnout, which was what we wanted.”
Despite a few small issues, it was a success in the sight of the planning committee.
“There is one downfall, and that is the bar has now been set for all future showcases,” Rosiek said. “To coin a phrase we have been using more and more frequently, it’s a great day to be a Dragon.”

 

In the photo by RHS Yearbook Photograph Co-Editor Breezy Campbell,
Redwater Elementary students enjoy the Academic Showcase.

 

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