Community member responses to the question: How did this workshop increase your understanding of the topic?
“It was great to get such a variety of perspectives (leaders, students, and teachers) all in one group.”
“I think it was very helpful to open up the discussion to reflect all of the different perspectives from community members with different needs and concerns.”
“[The session] gave me a broader understanding of all the issues to consider and the perspectives of all those who will be impacted.”
“[The session] helped me to understand how these spaces are being used. It was helpful to hear from teachers how they have utilized the spaces and how it has affected learning.”
“To rebuild or not to rebuild -- that is the question.” No, that’s not from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rather, it is the question regarding the future of our campus that our 35-member, parent/student/teacher campus advisory group has been wrestling with this fall.
We would like to invite all members of our community onto the stage (so to speak) in public discussions about the future of our campus this coming Tuesday November 5 at SAS from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday November 6 at the Mandarin Orchard from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (details below). We want to make sure we have the chance to share the factors we are considering and to hear your thoughts and feedback.
We have emphasized that our goals in this conversation about our campus are fivefold:
- To provide the best learning environments for our students;
- To offer and expand high quality academic and extracurricular programs;
- To best support and empower our faculty;
- To make sound investments and provide for the long-term financial health of our school; and
- To plan for the long-term future of our campus.
The sessions on November 5 and 6 will offer the opportunity to discuss these aspects in detail and to address questions you may have about the pros and cons of doing a major campus upgrade. Whether you have been to any prior sessions or not, you are welcome next week. Note that both sessions will be identical, so please see which one better fits your schedule.
This fall, we have already held four sessions with our campus upgrade advisory group (all open to the public). If you missed these sessions you can find links to the complete session reports below.
The sessions have sparked great discussions among community stakeholders. As I joined various groups during these discussions I have been impressed with the thoughtfulness of the dialogue and questions.
It is clear that students, faculty, and parents all share a similar driving goal—to provide the best possible experience for each and every student here at SAS. These open discussions sometimes involve differing opinions about how we reach our collective goal. It is healthy and encouraging for me to hear a variety of viewpoints at these sessions. We want to continue to foster and develop this type of open dialogue as we discuss important issues.
Our goal is to make a decision regarding next steps on our campus by the end of the calendar year.
Thank you and hope to see you at one of our sessions next week!
Tuesday, November 5
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
SAS, Riady Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, November 6
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mandarin Orchard (Grange ballroom, level 5)