Students and staff definitely put the “show” in showcase Monday night as hundreds of families came to Westminster High School Monday night to learn more about what the District and their individual schools have to offer.
It was a night of musical performances, food, fun and learning.
Every school was represented at the showcase as principals and teachers outlined for parents their individualized school plans for the coming year and the steps being taken to better educate all students. While the schools’ staff did a great job, it was the kids who stole the show.
Fifth grader Isai Velasquez from Hodgkin’s Elementary School was a case in point. His school has been given a leadership grant to focus on the “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and Isai took the lead in explaining to anyone who would listen what he and his fellow classmates are doing to become better leaders. Isai says his number one habit is to be, “Proactive.”
Isai says he is excited about his future and praised his principal and teachers. “They are really nice and kind,” he said adding, “They are strict when they need to be.”
Beyond individual schools, the night offered a chance for parents to see the bigger picture of what District 50 is all about. There was a table to highlight the “gifted and talented” programs in the District along with information sessions in English and Spanish to fully explain the District’s Competency Based System.
The showcase also highlighted the opportunities available from local colleges and support from social service groups.
Rebecca Zamora set up a booth to explain the work of “Growing Home” which has partnered with the District to provide resources for families in need. “It’s been a great night for us to let the community know what we are all about,” said Zamora.
Families also got a sneak peak at the CenterStage Theatere Company’s production of Avenue Q which opens next month at the Westminster High School Theater. You can read more about Avenue Q here.