I’m excited to share with you our district’s Academic Showcase Night. One of my best friends shared this idea with me a few years ago. I was finally able to bring it to life in my own district.
We started planning back in October for this event. I formed a committee and shared this idea with the team, and they helped me bring this to life. The committee helped me make it better than I had ever imagined. We created a presentation to share with the rest of the staff to let them know about the event and how to be prepared for our big showcase night.
An Academic Showcase is similar to an Open House. But instead of parents going to classrooms, our event was held in our cafeteria and gym. A1 Rent-All was hired to install the booths. We rented the dividers and a few tables. Our cafeteria has almost all round tables. We designed our layout to fit the space of our existing tables. By not having to rent tables, we were able to save funds.
THE ACADEMIC SHOWCASE NIGHT
We dismissed school at 1:00 pm to allow us to transform the space. While teachers were in a short staff meeting or working in their rooms from 1:00-2:00, the team moved tables and chairs. I had planned ahead and held a short meeting with the team prior to the night to discuss the layout and the job duties. The teachers set up/decorated their booths, and we opened our doors to the public from 5:00-7:00.
Every teacher and subject area was represented in the two spaces. Teachers had a booth similar to a tradeshow or convention. They decorated their space and showcased their academic content area. In the gym (connecting to the cafeteria), we had live performances from our physical education teachers, band, and theatre department.
Behind the cafeteria, we served hot dogs from a food truck/grill on wheels. Also, we had our Agricultural classes showcase their projects outside. In addition, we were able to rent a STEAM bus from a neighboring school district.
The meal was provided by local businesses which was such a help to us. They grilled and served almost 500 hotdogs. We purchased to-go bags and hotdog wrappers from Amazon. Parents could grab their meal bag and have dinner on the go or attend the baseball game that was happening that same night.