Students show science and honor cultures at Spring Fair (April 15-18, 2010)

The education and talents of more than 600 students, including science projects, art contest winners, and art and stage performances honoring different cultures, will be showcased during this year’s Spring Fair.

The Fair begins Thursday, April 15 and continues through Sunday, April 18 at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center in downtown Puyallup.

Science Explorations 2010

Nearly 350 students will participate in the Puyallup School District’s 12th annual Science Fair, “Science Explorations 2010.”

Student projects will be on display throughout the weekend on the second floor of the Pavilion. The exhibits are open to the public except during judging between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 17.

The district Science Fair features the work of students who competed first in local school science fairs and were selected to advance to the Spring Fair.

In addition to viewing the science projects, fairgoers are invited to watch a variety of student activities and science presentations.

On Thursday, April 15, students in grades four through 12 will compete in a timed event called the Straw Tower Contest.  The contest begins at 4:30 p.m.

Students may register for this contest at their schools or between 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 on the second floor of the Pavilion.

New this year is a “Science Magic” show by entertainer Jeff Evans, of EduMazement Productions. The show begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18.

The Science Fair awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 18.

Honoring Cultures Diversity Celebration

More than 250 students in kindergarten through grade 12 will celebrate cultural awareness through artwork, essays, poems, read-alouds, and student presentations and performances during this year’s Honoring Cultures Diversity Celebration.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs, takes place throughout the Fair in the South Foyer and Pioneer Rooms at the Showplex Exhibition and Conference Center.

Throughout the Fair, more than 600 pieces of student artwork, poetry, paper quilts, and other items honoring cultures will be on display.

On Saturday, April 17, elementary school students from throughout the district will be on hand to discuss their work and reflect on their learning.

An arts table will also be set up that day for young fairgoers interested in working on a cultural art project.

Saturday also features a daylong schedule of stage performances featuring more than 450 student and community group participants.

Elementary, junior high, and high school students will perform cultural dances, music, and other demonstrations such as Taiko Japanese drumming, American Sign Language, and poetry.

Performances are scheduled between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the Great American Stage at the Showplex.

Honoring Cultures exhibit is a culmination of months of planning to ensure that schools are equitable in their approach to diversity, offer opportunities for grade level and schoolwide diversity programs, and align efforts to incorporate appreciation for diversity with the district’s.

Spring Fair in Puyallup Poster Project

Winners of this year’s Spring Fair in Puyallup Poster Project will be on display throughout the Spring Fair on the first floor of the Pavilion in the Kidzone area.

Judges for the Spring Fair in Puyallup reviewed more than 650 poster entries from second graders and junior high art students. In the end, seven students received ribbons and prizes for their work.

First place winners this year went to Alaya Hill, a second grader in Sue Fuhlman’s class at Mt. View Elementary, and Lindsay Hernandez, a ninth grader in Amanda Warring’s class at Aylen Junior High.

Hill and Hernandez received 10 Spring Fair gate tickets, 14 ride tickets, and a basket of art supplies. Their artwork has also been incorporated into Spring Fair posters and coupons sent to schools throughout South Puget Sound. Each member of their class also received a Spring Fair in Puyallup gate admission ticket.

Second place honors went to second grader Adriana Recinos at Woodland Elementary and eighth grader Dylan Patke at Aylen Junior High. Waller Road second grader Alyssa Rishel and Ferrucci Junior High ninth grader Elizabeth Gibson took third place.

This year the Spring Fair also awarded a “Heritage” ribbon to recognize a student for the best blend of art and Fair history. Lucas Johnson, a second grader in Karen Zawislak’s class at Woodland Elementary, received this recognition.

An honorable mention from each of the participating elementary school classes also will be on display during the Spring Fair, as well as three honorable mentions from the participating junior high schools.

Each participating school received a $100 donation from the Fair for art supplies. Schools with the top three winners received additional donations for art supplies — $300 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place.

This is the second year of the second grade and junior high art project partnering the Puyallup School District and the Spring Fair in Puyallup.

The Spring Fair provided each second grade teacher with a DVD outlining the Spring Fair in Puyallup and how to integrate the lesson into their art and social studies curriculum.

Junior high art teachers received a DVD outlining how posters can be used as communication tools and showed examples to illustrate the various elements.