Sampson Middle School sixth and seventh graders were given an opportunity to shine during presentations Tuesday night, as the gym and cafeteria were filled with social studies and science projects created by the talented students.
“Premiere Night has two main purposes,” seventh-grade social studies and science teacher Hollis White, said. “The first is to be able to allow the students to shine and to show their work to their families and friends. The second is that we as teachers give the role of educator to the students and it is amazing for us to watch and see what they know and can get excited about.
According to White, students were given the option to work on a science project that correlated with the standards of their science class or to research and study a historical person from their social studies time period. Sixth-grade students were assigned ancient civilizations through 1400, and seventh-grade students were assigned the Renaissance period through present day. Students were given the assignment the last week of February and had close to two months to complete.
“We had the idea to incorporate our science and our history together,” White explained. “Mr. Dirks gave us the go ahead to get this Premiere Night going. He was extremely helpful in making sure that we had all the help we needed. He was gone for the last two weeks with his military unit overseas. Even when he was protecting our country, he was in contact with us making sure that it was a success. His leadership during this time was incredible especially because he was doing it thousands of miles away.”
Students presented their projects Tuesday night, some dressed like the subject of their research. Others took a scientific idea and turned into reality.
“This helped the students expand their knowledge of their subject tremendously,” White added. “Not only did they learn about someone in history or extended their knowledge of their science standards, they also learned research skills, organization, public speaking, helping others, and teamwork.”
This was Sampson Middle’s first experience with Premiere Night. White and her follow teachers say the night was a huge success and something they feel they will do again.
“I am so excited about how it turned out,” White said, referring to the overall success of Premiere Night and the projects. “The connections gained through this project between the students and the subjects, as well as the students and the staff was amazing.”
Local businesses and individuals made donations to help make Premiere Night a success. North Carolina Marble and Granite, Burney’s, Juandalynn Ray, Ted’s Steakhouse, Rebecca’s, Baggett’s Jewelry, Velecia Everett, Matthew’s Gifts, Pizza Hut, La Hacienda, Felicia Lamb, Perfect Imperfections, The Atrium, Alena Carroll- Mary Kay and Amanda Edgerton-Norwex all made donations for prizes and refreshments.
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