WASHINGTON — It is not, with regret, very often when the general public gets to see the accomplishments that happen daily in our high schools.
It becomes a special occasion, like a concert or an award, when the public takes notice. Next Thursday, Washington High School will invite the public to see what the school has accomplished with “Hatchet Highlight” night.
The night is the first of its kind for Washington, an idea Principal LeAnne Kelley brought with her from her previous post at Pike Central High School.
“I knew that a typical open house is not usually successful at the high school,” Kelley said. “What I had done at my other school was have a full-blown night of activities and it was very, very successful.”
The idea was presented to the teachers at WHS and Kelley said there was an enthusiastic response to be on a committee to help present the night.
“If we want to really include our community and our parents (the best way) is to highlight what the kids are doing at school,” Kelley said.
The night starts at 5:30 p.m. with a free chili supper in the high school cafeteria. The public is invited to spend time meeting the faculty and staff and eat chili and some desserts made by the school’s family and consumer sciences class.
“(We wanted to) be able to sit and talk and communicate and have fellowship,” Kelley said.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., the action moves to the Hatchet House, where exhibits and demonstrations will be set up from many of the academic disciplines at WHS, what Kelley called a “collage of activity.”
“We have many, many clubs that choose to, they are putting together something to highlight that night,” Kelley said.
For example, the school’s Freshman Academy has been designing posters for the evening. The classes decided to create the posters with words that have meaning for kids.