Great Feedback About the New High School
I loved watching our high school students fill the spaces in our new school on Monday morning, and each day since it's been fascinating to see the various learning/collaboration spaces come to life. Here are some of the early comments received by Principal Danny Rock while soliciting feedback on a recent tour through classrooms.
"We received overwhelming responses of praise, gratitude, and delight in the new building. Some highlights:
• Teachers observe that students are calmer in classes
• There are fewer distractions in classes
• Students and staff both like the voice amplification system
• Students love being out of the rain/wind/cold
• Students are spending less time passing between periods
• Students love all the places to study, collaborate, and be with one another
• Staff feel more connected to one another, see each other more often
• Students love the covered seating area around the building
• Staff and students love the open feeling, natural light, and wood of the interior spaces
While there were things staff and students alike saw as areas for improvement, I heard virtually no comments about the design or basic function of the building. All the criticisms are things we can change (volume of bells, lunch table arrangements, etc)"
If you missed the open house last Sunday please plan to attend one of our tours offered weekly, Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. through the last weekend in February.
Demolition Carnival Cancelled
We had a wonderful open house at our new high school last Sunday and our "guesstimate" is that over 1000 people attended. It was heartwarming to see how enthusiastically people responded to the new school. On Monday our students arrived and filled the spaces with learning, laughter and joy. If you missed the opportunity to visit on Sunday, please plan to attend one of the open house tours scheduled each week, Saturday mornings, 11:00 a.m. through the end of February.
After "living" through the building transition during the past two weeks, consulting with our contractor, and resurveying the condition of the old buildings and construction site, Danny Rock and I have reached the conclusion that we cannot ensure the safety of students and participants for the Demolition Carnival we had scheduled for this Thursday, January 9th. We chose to cancel the event for the following reasons: utilities will not be disconnected, the space is full of sharp edges and glass, the contractor is reluctant to allow people to use demolition equipment, and there are unknown conditions in the walls.
We apologize for any disappointment caused by this decision, but would rather suffer the disappointment then harm anyone.