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MIDDLE SCHOOL INSTRUCTION, VISION AND GOALS
  • Create a larger population of students to enhance educational opportunity.
  • Forge new friendships and a sense of community for students and parents across the district.
  • Create a modern facility that supports the district’s vision to:
    • Increase student engagement and mastery.
    • Expand current program offerings.
    • Develop programs that teach students how to learn and to make that learning “stick”.
    • Provide facilities that welcome, encourage and enable families and community members to become active partners in the education of our community’s children.
WHY 7-8 MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIGURATION?
  • The developmental and educational needs of 6th graders will be met within our current elementary school structure.
  • It is not cost-effective to construct new space to house 6th graders when there is sufficient space to house them in our current elementary schools.
  • Vermont teacher licensure requirements (7-12 certification) make staffing a 7/8 middle school easier and allows for sharing instructional staff with the high school.
  • A 7th and 8th grade middle school aligns with the current structure for delivering athletic programs and other co-curricular programs within the district and region.
LOCATION

Fair Haven Union High School Complex:

  • Only educational complex in district large enough to meet the requirements for a self-contained, adjoining middle school.
  • Provides students with additional opportunities for academic acceleration, access to the arts, co-curricular programs, and student support.

Constructing a middle school on the grounds of the current high school would also support:

  • Greater operational efficiency – space utilization, staffing, field space.
  • A more cost-effective district-wide renovation plan to address our school’s current facility needs.
PROPOSED PK-6 FACILITY UPGRADES

Creating a middle school would open up space in elementary schools for new/expanded instructional areas and program enhancements including:

  • Maker spaces to support new instructional programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
  • Expanded/upgraded arts, music, and performance/exhibition areas.
  • Reconfigured instructional areas to support grade level teams.
  • Upgraded kitchen/cafeteria/gym areas.
  • Expanded student support areas.
  • Conference spaces.
PROPOSED HIGH SCHOOL FACILITY UPGRADES

Highest Priority:

  • Reconfigured/re-designed Art and Music areas.
  • Upgraded Science Rooms – furniture and fixtures.
  • Multiple fabrication/maker/technology spaces for student projects – different focus/use.
  • Student gathering/social spaces – renovation of cafeteria for multi-use (and kitchen), study areas, conversation areas, small exhibition/performance spaces for student exhibitions and presentations, coffee houses, etc.
  • Upgraded athletic locker and team rooms
  • Additional field space.