Faculty Steering Committee Meeting

The Faculty Steering Committee held its second meeting on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Stonington High School. The group created six subcommittees to organize all of the work that needs to be done to ensure the successful opening of the new 6-7-8 middle school in the 2019-2020 school year. The six subcommittees are Programs1, Programs2, Operations, Facilities, Communication, and Technology.

The committee decided to create two subcommittees around programming for the school because of the sheer volume of work that needs to be done in this category. The Programs1 group will focus on the curriculum, instruction, and assessment in core academic classes, survey classes, and special education. This subcommittee will also review mental health supports for students. The Programs2 subcommittee will focus on the student activity components. These not only include extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports, but also covers student-centered activities such as Advisory, community service programs, student success plans, and the 8th-grade capstone project.

The communications subcommittee will develop the parent, student, and community integration activities to ensure that all of the stakeholders in the school have multiple opportunities to participate and contribute to our effort to open the new 6-7-8 middle school. The operations subcommittee will focus on the logistics of the move and things such as the school's schedule and the room assignments. The facilities group will deal with upgrades and changes to the physical building and the grounds, while the technology subcommittee works on the integration of technology to all of the other groups.

The Faculty Steering Committee also planned the activities for the half day professional development meetings scheduled for teachers in both middle schools on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. These activities were designed to give all teachers the opportunity to dream big when designing the new school experience. Teachers in both schools were also given information about the subcommittees and they received information about how to get involved in the process.

Timothy Smith