HTS’ Grade 8 students were recently asked to address the driving question, “what data would be most valuable to have for persuading HTS Food Services to include a new meal option on our menu?” Answers were bound to vary based on what students were to determine as relevant. Typically in this project, many students create surveys to gather results from the student body as to what is well-liked, and then represent their results in circle graphs. Our Grade 8 students used their resources to guide them to their final answer.
Students used material studied from different classes to assist them in developing their answers. Health class material helped determine what food would make a nutritional meal and math class material assisted students in researching and making calculations to determine the cost and time preparation involved in their meal choice.
The Grade 8 students were also guided in their process with presentations from HTS staff. Ms Maria Locacciato, Executive Director of Community Relations and Development, shared an engaging marketing presentation with students and Ms Carol Neufeld, Food Service Director, and Mr. Matteo Mule, Executive Chef, led a question and answer session for students. For their final preparation, English teachers coached the students on how to improve their oral presentations.
With their answers formulated, students created final presentations for their homerooms. Presentations were narrowed down and finalists from each homeroom moved forward to present to a five-person judging panel and their peers. Finalists presented and addressed questions and concerns from the panel and audience. In the end, the judging panel deliberated that Natalie and Ben’s data on chicken teriyaki with brown rice and broccoli meal was the winner.
Thank you to all staff who assisted the Grade 8 students in their process, and congratulations to Natalie and Ben on their results! We look forward to trying the new meal option in our dining hall.