A Day of Teaching and Learning at the Washington State Fair

PSD outlines new objectives for “Fair Day” in September 2017

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 the Puyallup School District will dismiss students from school early, as has been donenw singers for decades, to celebrate at the Washington State Fair. The unique partnership between the district and the fair has provided families with greater access to the state fair and has given the district an opportunity to feature students and their accomplishments in a popular and well-attended venue. For decades, the district has been featured on the second Wednesday of the fair in the Pavilion. Student performers have been scheduled on the stage from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. At the same time, informational booths nearby have been designed to represent various departments of the district. Workers were scheduled to talk with visitors and answer questions about the district. The school district is planning to take greater advantage of this annual opportunity to showcase student learning and will be making some changes to the way the district is represented. Beginning this fall, Fair Day will be known as A Day of Teaching and Learning at the Washington State Fair and will be a chance for the Puyallup School District to demonstrate the quality instruction for which the district is known. Using the stage and booth areas in the Pavilion the district will provide interactive instruction in several formats with one primary goal – engaging visitors as learners. hulaOn the Pavilion stage, professional performers will engage visiting classrooms of students from nearby schools in the morning. Later in the day several student performances and demonstrations will be followed by interactive activities and audience participation. In the evening, the stage will feature high school Pep Rallies representing Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers high schools. Instead of informational booths, the district will recreate a classroom in the Pavilion with 20 student desks and chairs. The teaching station will include the technology found in classrooms throughout the district. Demonstration lessons will be taught by Puyallup educators highlighting the effective use of technology and teaching strategies which effectively engage learners. Visitors to the fair will be invited to participate.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department will feature many programs currently offered to students. The highlight of the day for CTE will be a robotics competition.
The changes being made to Fair Day are intended to refresh and revitalize the district’s presence at the fair and help visitors better understand the school district efforts to facilitate excellent instruction, student growth, and achievement.