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As I’m sure you all know, construction is complete at our four elementary schools. I am pleased to say the first few weeks of school have passed and the staff and students are truly enjoying their new spaces. Here is what I’ve heard from our elementary schools.

The early learning and kindergarten students are definitely enjoying the new early learning playground, with a soft surface that makes navigation easy, especially for walkers and wheelchairs. The kindergarten teachers enjoy being back in the same wing and having adjoining doors, making collaboration quick and easy. The new music room is also a hit with both students and staff. The sound boards absorb the sound so it isn’t too loud for students, or a distraction for other classrooms. 

Kindergarten students on playgroundKindergarten students on playground

Students are loving the bright and spacious cafeteria and the new kindergarten and music rooms. There is plenty of space for movement and discovery in the new rooms and students are definitely taking advantage of it. The new space has also opened up old spaces for repurposing. There is a new sensory room, instructional space for Reading and Math Specialists, and a dedicated art room with ample space for supplies and creativity.

student in a kindergarten roomFierke students at lunch

The new turn around space for arrival and dismissal has made that process more efficient for Kruse. The students have been taking advantage of the new playground and landscaping for both recess and class discovery time. Students were also very excited to have height-appropriate sinks in the new art room to wash their hands! With the addition, existing space was repurposed to offer more resource spaces, including a collaboration room, calming room, and sensory space.

Kruse students in art roomKindergarten students using lockers

Teachers and staff have both expressed love for the new space. All of the windows, colors, and space has made lunch, indoor recess, and performances much more enjoyable in Memorial’s new multipurpose room. The outdoor learning space has also been a hit with students taking to the “blue mounds” to read during the nice weather.

Memorial students at lunchStudents reading in outdoor learning space

On behalf of the Board of Education and everyone at District 146, I would like to thank our parents and community members for their support during the planning and construction of the new additions. The new space has already proven beneficial and will continue to help the District offer the high-quality education our community expects.   
Posted by superintendent  On Sep 23, 2019 at 8:22 AM
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