As we move into the second grading period, much is happening in the Lakewood City Schools to be excited about. Design plans have been approved by the Board of Education for the soon-to-be rebuilt Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt buildings. The architects for the high school continue to fine-tune those plans as well. In the end, we will have four new fantastic learning environments for our students.
As we have worked with the architects to design these spaces, much thought has gone into how our students learn and teachers instruct today and how they will continue to do so into the future. Some classrooms are being designed with movable walls between them to foster collaboration between teachers and allow space for group projects. Furniture configurations will also encourage collaboration and discussion among students. This will all be supported by wireless technology that allow students and teachers to connect to the world wherever they are in the building.
On the academic front, we are in the midst of assessing what our school days should look like in terms of time of instruction, number of school days in the year and how professional development works into the mix. A committee has been meeting to discuss options that will maximize student instruction time while also finding time for teachers to collaborate and share best practices. We tried the Early Release model and found that was not well received by our families. Now, we would like your input on what the school year calendar could look like. Please stay tuned for an email containing a survey that will ask your input on this matter.
Finally, I continue to be proud of the accomplishments our students are making both in and out of the classroom, such as our five All-State Orchestra qualifiers, Ryan Detwiler, Alex Figueroa, Morgan Fox, Andrew Miller and Jimmy Toner, and our district champion boys’ cross country team. Keep up the good work everybody!
Jeffrey W. Patterson