Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Operation Inquiry Presentations and Partners!

Operation Inquiry allowed my 6th Graders to present professionally.

As I stated in my last post (, Operation Inquiry was a major success!  The presentations were awesome, and I was so fortunate to have an enormous amount of support from our business partners as well as my colleagues from every CCS middle school.

The presentations took place on Monday, March 31st through Wednesday, April 2nd.  I divided all of my students into three groups for the presentation schedule.  Each student was given the task of presenting for 2 minutes.  They also endured a questioning segment that lasted 1 minute.

Group 1 (Monday, March 31st - 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM) - The presentations were dynamic!
Group 2 (Tuesday, April 1st - 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM) - Another day of awesome presentations!
Group 3 (Wednesday, April 2nd - 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM) - A superb way to end the presentations!

I have to say that we did go over on our time each evening despite having timekeepers.  We were so enthralled with their presentations that we let the presentations organically flow.  I was so impressed because no one (parents, students, judges) complained about going over schedule.  Everyone enjoyed and accepted the process.

This project was a great way to increase school-to-school collaboration and school/community collaboration.  Every middle school in our district (Cumberland County Schools) had at least one teacher representative.  I thoroughly enjoyed joining forces with these teachers from across the district. 

A special thank you is in store for Erica Smalls (Reid Ross Classical), Natasha Wilson (Luther "Nick" Jeralds), Edna Richardson (Anne Chesnutt), Estella Williams (Lewis Chapel), Mara Vega (Westover), Gerald Puckett (Ireland Drive), Pamela Grant (Mac Williams), Trinity Moore (Max Abbott), Wendy Peterson (Hope Mills), Michele Cole (Gray's Creek), Katrina Glass & Valerie Israel (Seventy First Classical), Vicki Hunter (John Griffin), Nicole Janson (New Century International), Nakia Hayden (Spring Lake), Sylvia McPherson (Pine Forest) and Jamilia Williams (Scotland County Schools). These superb educators served as wonderful judges, and I could not have asked for a better group.  Top notch!

Each evening, the food for the judges was donated.  The following business served as our food sponsors, and I am forever indebted to the managers of these fine establishments.

New Deli 
2153 Valleygate Dr
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 223-3082

Pizza Hut
3016 N Main St
Hope Mills, NC
(910) 424-3860

3057 N Main St
Hope Mills, NC 28348
(910) 424-4000

1921 Skibo Rd
Fayetteville, NC
(910) 868-4849

674 Chicken Foot Rd
Hope Mills, NC 28348
(910) 424-6906

5539 Camden Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28306
(910) 426-9515

Olive Garden
234 N McPherson Church Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28303
(910) 864-0119

What I have learned during this process is that businesses definitely want to support the schools, they just do not know how they can help.  I think that schools should approach businesses with specific projects in mind.  They do not mind funding specific initiatives.

All of the students that presented received tickets for the Operation Inquiry Indoor Picnic.

Please read my next post ( hear all about the Indoor Picnic as well as watch footage from the event!  The winning products will be revealed!