by Carrie Green, Middle School Director
It's always a delight to share news about the outstanding contributions our Middle School faculty make to our school. In addition to their amazing work with students every day in our classrooms, Middle School faculty have engaged in deep, productive conversations about our new building and how it will be used when it opens this spring.
Faculty collaborated on big questions, such as Where will specific grades and departments be located in the building? and seemingly smaller ones like What kinds of chairs and desks do we want? But before they began that important work, they first had to create a framework to guide these decisions. Many hours of conversation, brainstorming and teamwork led us to three "Pillars of Design" that have guided important decisions about our new spaces.
These Pillars have helped us create a decision-making process that is centered on how today's students learn, how great teachers teach and how we can combine the best of Kent Denver's traditions with our evolving understanding of education in the 21st-century.
Students are also eager to provide input in design decisions, and their voices are being heard! For example, student feedback on furniture helped us find chairs and desks that are comfortable for both pint-sized sixth-graders and eighth-graders with more adult proportions. We look forward to continuing to involve students in the process this winter as we prepare to move into our new Middle School home.
On the whole, I am so delighted with the progress the building is making and I can't wait to share our amazing new learning spaces with you in early 2018!