BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – On Thursday, Feb. 8, Bellows Falls Middle School hosted the Winter Showcase Night, which featured student poetry, individual research projects, personalized learning plans, and various opportunities for family engagement. Principal Karen Bukowski said, “Winter Showcase Night continues to be one of the highlights of the school year! It was great to see so many of our families.”
The focal point of this student-centered event was the eighth grade anchor project, an immersive learning experience that challenged students to find and research a topic of interest while utilizing skills they’ve acquired and practiced throughout the school year. In a process that included weeks of preparation, students conducted research, interviewed experts, and built visuals/interactive aides to help explain their learning to audiences. “The impetus behind the anchor project is to make school relevant to students by giving them a choice in what they learn about,” said Dana Aquadro, eighth grade English Language Arts teacher. The anchor project topics were varied and ranged from themes like climate change, sports, maple sugaring, music, history, and mental health.
With over 150 families in attendance, this event was a success for all involved.