Connolly Brings Family and Fun Together at Annual Stargazing Event
Connolly Middle School parents, students, and staff celebrated the starry night sky at the school’s annual Stargazing Event on Thursday, February 1. Combining a showcase of student learning with visiting experts such as members from the Arizona Science Center, Connolly has created a unique event that their school community looks forward to each and every year!
This year, the Connolly choir kicked things off with a performance of the song “Fireflies” by Owl City while Kona Ice and Tacos El Mauri provided fun snack options with their visiting food trucks. Students from ASPIRE and the school’s National Junior Honors Society created their own skee ball machine and hosted a game of laser tag, and all of Connolly’s departments had teachers and staff represent booths with games and prizes. The Tempe Police Department also had a booth to connect and interact with Connolly’s community.
Volunteers from the Arizona Science Center and Pacific Scientific Energetics Materials Company operated high-end, professional telescopes and guided event attendees in looking at various constellations. Connolly’s Science Department also organized an inflatable planetarium in the gym where visitors could learn more about our stars and galaxies.
Looking around the campus, it was clear to see that parents, students, and staff were all enjoying their time together at the fun and community focused-event.
“The best part about this event is seeing that the kids want to come back to school to hang out with their teachers and see their friends,” said ELA Coach Greta Olsen. “It’s promoting the idea that school is a great place to be even when it is outside school hours.”
Connolly looks forward to continuing their tradition of hosting the Stargazing Event and building it up even more next year.“We always look forward to this event and think of it as a great opportunity for our students to bring their younger siblings and family members as well!” said Olsen. “It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase our teachers, students, and school as a great place to be!”