Our mission is to successfully consolidate Pawcatuck Middle School and Mystic Middle School into a new 6-7-8 middle school at 204 Mistuxet Avenue. Successful consolidation depends on creating a cohesive learning community with a new vision, mission, and operation. The goal is to create the optimum conditions for students’ development, based on compassion, experience, and practical wisdom. To that end, we have an unprecedented opportunity to design almost every aspect of the middle school experience. As “Design Thinkers,” we understand that all design challenges are human-centered, collaborative, and optimistic. And, we are comfortable with the experimental and iterative process of design thinking. All stakeholders, parents, students, teachers, and the community at large, have a role to play in the design process.
Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.
Our mission is also about safeguarding and honoring what we know works well while exploring new approaches in a responsible way.
Working together in concert more smoothly not only helps us move more quickly; it changes the nature of what we can undertake. When we have the confidence that we can orchestrate the group effort required to realize them, we dare bigger dreams.
— Justin Rosenstein, American Businessman
There is something special when creative people get together.
— Joy Mangano, American Inventor
Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.
— Tom Freston, American Businessman