Submitted by Logan Landry, Social Studies teacher at Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in RSU 16.
Each year Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland, Maine participates in the National History Day program that is sponsored by the History Channel. This year Whittier celebrated their 7th annual Whittier History Day on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Whittier Middle School is unique, as every student does a project. Students first pick a topic that fits in with the year’s theme. This year’s theme was Triumph and Tragedy. The students conduct research and create a project which is then presented on Whittier History Day.
The National History Day program is focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for middle and high school students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history.
On February 12th, we had 75 members of the community, and even teachers from other school’s around the state, volunteer their time to judge the student’s projects. Students with the top projects have been invited to participate in Maine History Day at the University of Maine at Orono in April. For the past 6 years we have also had students from Whittier make it to the national competition in Maryland/Washington D.C. that is held each June.
While this is mainly a social studies project, every content area pitches in to help students succeed in their work. All staff members value the skills that the students learn from doing this project, and have supported the social studies department in leading this project for our students.
Whittier History Day is an incredible experience for the students. They not only learn research skills and history, but they also learn a lot of interpersonal skills including interview skills. These skills will help them for the rest of their life.
If you have questions about Whittier Middle School’s History Day, or you would be interested in judging next year, please feel free to contact Social Studies teacher, Logan Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org.