The History Department took over the gym on Wednesday, February 8, for York’s inaugural History Day exposition and competition. You might be wondering what exactly a “History Day” might entail yet the short answer is simple. As department chair Mr. Brendan Buckley explains, “History Day can be most simply described as a science fair for history.”
Students completed the same research they would for papers, and then chose one of five options to present their findings. Although they had the choice of creating websites, documentaries, museum-style exhibits, or original performances, they could also opt to write a 5-8 page research paper. While all Upper School students were invited to participate, impressively, nearly half of them did. They began at the beginning of the year, and therefore by February, there were over 90 different projects for display.
Teachers in the history department brought each of their classes down to York’s inaugural History Day during every period. In this way almost all of the students were able to see every project. And even parents stopped by after school! While there was no need for the rest of the faculty to adjust their planning for the day, they too were all invited to visit the gym and take a look. “I encourage everyone to come take a look,” said Mr. Buckley, “the kids have been working very hard on their projects, and they would love to show off the fruits of their labors.”
Mr. Buckley was very proud of the outcome and sent out an email thanking all who helped put it all together. “Thank you for your help with this, and a special thanks to the members of the Jump Start department for all that you have done to assist the kids with their projects.”