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Photos by Janelle Patterson Water damage can be seen in the Marietta Middle School attic between Rube Goldberg-style water retention systems. Photos by Janelle Patterson Water damage can be seen in the Marietta Middle School attic between Rube Goldberg-style water retention systems. Unused space at Marietta Middle School is set to become academic classrooms in the coming school year as the building for grades 3-6 is being converted into an elementary school.
Unused space at Marietta Middle School is set to become academic classrooms in the coming school year as the building for grades 3-6 is being converted into an elementary school. Unused space at Marietta Middle School is set to become academic classrooms in the coming school year as the building for grades 3-6 is being converted into an elementary school.
A new roof and fresh landscaping aren’t the only improvements being made to the hills above Seventh, Putnam and Glendale in Marietta.
During the Marietta City Schools spring break, Greenleaf Landscaping was spotted pruning brushes and old trees from the hill to what is now the Marietta Middle School, and young hedges were planted in their place, including a fixed spelling “Tiger.”
“We add lighting and so much to the school to get the most out of what we have.” said Superintendent Will Hampton. “The new lighting was enormous and, above all, brought the interior from an industrial feel to a whole new life. Plus the savings that we will have will pay for themselves. “
Then, last week, the MCS Board of Education approved the selection of a bidder for the new roof to be installed on the building this summer.
But next school year won’t be middle school on Hill Campus. Instead, it will greet its most recent traffic since its completion in 1926.
As part of the consolidation of the school district from six to four school buildings, the middle school is to be converted into a middle school.
This is not the first change.
It used to be known as the district high school.
Then, in 1987, the building became a middle school.
Grades 3-6 will be accommodated this fall.
Seasoned educator Ginger Brown is in her 32nd year of training and all changes are not without concern.
“But I can stay in my room” She said. “I look forward to having different faces in the building … I don’t look forward to going to elementary school, which is what we will be, and that includes the elementary school schedule and exercises. I’m a little unsure how to treat my sixth graders in an elementary school building. Usually sixth grade is a transition, so much of our classes, especially the first nine weeks, are a more mature type of expectation than having to switch classes. “
But she is excited, she said, to block the timing of post-coronavirus restrictions and stay for the sixth grade students, who will also be new to the building this fall, even if they are of the age groups.
“With this COVID situation, I definitely hope that we will return to the normative scheme next year.” She said. “I’m also looking forward to receiving many of the programs I had last year that I can’t do with my online students.”
For MMS director Brittany Schob, returning to the building after maternity leave this year not only provides an opportunity to send out all of the building’s students in attendance, but also to prepare to introduce three ascending grades into the redesigned space.
“We were able to lay wooden floors in some rooms and remove carpets (more than) 30 years old. The rooms are being redesigned and not only do we have room for each class of their own floor, but then mix the skill classes like computer literacy and art and music into those floors, it will be so much better using the space we have . “ said Schob.
She noted that an addition to more lighting above the school’s steps on Glendale Road will welcome students out on the hill after its installation this summer.
“We are getting a new playground so that the children have plenty of space for breaks, but not the football field or the track.” she described. “It will go to the left in this field that is straight grass.”
Hampton said the playground will be paid for from the district’s permanent improvement funding, as will the rest of the upgrades that come into the building.
He also noted that the change will add more opportunities to not only advance student needs for those who are struggling, but also accelerated learners. It is easy to focus on regression and lost skills and forget about students who would benefit from particularly positive academic benefit from challenge.
“We have a whole spectrum of children and it is easy to focus on the children who are having problems and how to remedy them and help them catch up.” said Hampton. “And you ignore the rest of that spectrum? That’s not fair. So we have to make sure we are working towards that goal … In the year before COVID, we were taking kids back and forth for classes (Talented and Gifted Program). In the third grade, you start testing for TAG. There you see really different (strengths) in children. So if more primary school teachers are available in one place, we can also be more flexible and speed things up. “
The current Phillips primary school director Kristi Lantz is expected to take over the main deputy role at the middle school in the school year 2021-2022.
Janelle Patterson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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