It was a perfect evening for just wandering aimlessly through the hallways and classrooms at the Estevan Comprehensive School, and it was also a perfect evening for heading to certain destination points with specific items in mind. It was the annual ECS open house event, when the activities are designed to accommodate the visitors.
The evening began with a welcoming presentation in the ECS drama room. About 120 early-bird visitors were greeted by vice-principal Allison Holzer and principal Mike Little and entertained by the ECS Jazz I Ensemble led by band director Kyle Whitehead. Drama students from Kathy Brown's classes and choral numbers provided by Evanne Wilhelm's vocal troupes added to the program.
New teachers and staff and members of the ECS Community Council were introduced to the parents and other guests during the first part of the evening's agenda.
The next round of activities offered visitors raffle opportunities in the school's foyer where visitors viewed some table tennis activities, and other student services, while the courtyard was the place to go to get some samples from the ECS Baking Club and the Iron Chefs while viewing other displays including a demonstration by the ECS cheer team coached by Bonnie Chepil-Kvamme.
There were some drama improvisational opportunities to enjoy, ECS radio show and photography experiences, book club, tutorial displays and an opportunity for parents to learn more details about the Easter trip to Europe in 2013 and the following year's trip as well.
The graduates and parents' meeting was also on the agenda, giving both parents and students an opportunity to meet, discuss and organize next June's special event.
Members of the ECS Shouts team were available to assist visitors who were seeking specific classrooms and teachers to see as well as answer questions about the school and its academic, cultural, musical, technical and athletic offerings.