ROZEL — Pawnee Heights students and teachers dazzled the audience with pictures and graphics during the school’s second annual Academic Fair and Open House.
The Academic Fair is the brain child of Jeana Parker, the science instructor at PHS, but everyone in the PHS family brings something to the event.
When it is all out there on display, even the students are a little amazed at all they have created and learned this year.
Visitors were greeted by Jejelee, the camel, still covered in her Prom 2013 blanket, and a host of stuffed tigers (the school mascot) taken from the collection in the school library.
The staff started the evening at 4:45 p.m. with hamburgers that Pawnee Heights Principal/Superintendent Dan Binder picked up from the Main Street Bar & Grill just down the block. Then the crew made their way back to their rooms and displays in time to start the all-school event.
Every hallway was covered with pictures, graphics, displays and some fine media samples, as well as a graphic puzzle by the science room that no one actually was able to solve during the evening.
There were just too many other things going on to stop and think long enough on how to put those pipes together to go from the water fountain up to the fish tank.
There were several demonstrations of the magic of science in the science room proper.
Along the east hallway hung some of the great artwork our students are able to do in Kristen Hammeke’s art classes.
The gym held all kinds of displays made by the students and teachers. There was a model of the Pyramids of Giza, to a test you could take about your “Kansas Facts.”
If you still wanted to challenge your brain, there was a “Science is Art” match-up quiz and “Physics Brain Busters.”
There were musical numbers played in the gym, and fourth graders could go to the music room and decide which instrument they would really like to play next year. There were FACS projects (like a huge pillow) on the west side of the gym.
Seventeen science projects, from a homemade articulated hand (created by Elena Stoll), to plants growing in different types of liquid (by Mia Stinemetz), to a foam hovercraft designed by Allison Lupfer, lined the center of the gym.
The advanced biology class displayed their dogfish shark dissection project — fortunately the really rank aroma that had been part of this project during the week before had disappeared — and they also showed the partially reconstructed skeletal remains of what they assumed may have been a raccoon.
The sophomore biology class displayed their scavenger hunt project — all kinds of things that fit a long list items given to them by their teacher, Mrs. Parker.
The freshmen had a musical instrument they designed — a “pipiano”— pipes of different lengths that one could hit and make different sounds. They even played the theme song from the “Big Bang Theory.”
Mark Pywell’s social science room also had government games and “Xtranormal” videos.
Lee Durler’s English room displayed Wordles made by the freshmen and sophomores, a crazy story about a squirrel written by the seniors to display their vocabulary skills, and idea books and stories about America’s favorite pastime (whatever that might be) written by the 8th graders. There were also quite a few free books.
Tim Seltmann’s math room displayed this quarter’s math projects done by each of the math students. All the grade school rooms had displays of all kinds of activities inside and outside of their room.
Outside of the school proper, there was a remote submersible and a chance to navigate an underwater obstacle course. There were two model rocket launches, however the second was a little off due to the increasing winds here in western Kansas.
In the metal shop, Bob Lupfer was cutting small tiger heads with the plasma cam/cutter that he gave away to anyone who wanted one.
Everyone had a chance to visit with their student’s teachers, and see what Pawnee Heights has to offer.