Middle School Visioning Workshop June 21 recap

Thank you so much for sharing your time with the community at the school board’s Harwood Bond/middle school visioning workshop on June 21st. It was exciting to hear so many thoughtful ideas and see so many interested citizens working together!

As a simple follow-up, we’ve included a pdf of the recording sheets and their tallies on our Harwood Bond Project web page under Project Documents. The file name is "2018-06-21 Middle School Visioning Workshop Notes" (you can also follow this link).

As part of the bond development process, we are working to create a list of guiding principles for the architects based on the voting feedback we got at the workshop. A review of the highest vote-getters from the other night seems to indicate that:

The middle school experience at HUUSD should support the well-being of middle school students by providing:

  • Healthy indoor environments

    • With ample natural light

  • Age-appropriate, welcoming design

    • Cozy, flexible spaces, with kid-friendly furniture

  • An environment that supports movement and connection to the natural world

    • Ready access to outdoor sports, natural areas and play spaces

The middle school experience at HUUSD should support an individualized learning approach by providing:

  • Flexible pathways to meet individual learners’ unique needs

  • Flexible spaces with reconfigurable furniture for a wide variety of group sizes

  • Hands-on, project-based learning

The middle school experience at HUUSD should support student engagement in the community by:

  • Being an environmental model in its practice and operations

  • Creating a sense of community among students (and parents) across all 6 towns from an early age – through sports, classes, extracurriculars

  • Dedicated middle school staff that focus on creating community

  • Interaction with the broader community, through learning and community service and use of the building

What’s next? Over the summer, architects, engineers, and contractors will be conducting site evaluations to better understand the capacity at the middle schools and what types of work would need to be done under different scenarios. In September, TruexCullins will present several possible concepts regarding the middle schools and renovation to the board for discussion.

If you would like to share feedback — about the process so far, about the workshop, about the outcomes, etc., — we would love to hear from you. The easiest way to get in touch is to send an email to [email protected], a new email address we created to consolidate feedback regarding the bond process. All emails sent to this address will be readable by the public on our new Harwood Bond webpage. Or, if you prefer, send an email or call one of the members of the Executive Facility Committee, a committee of the HUUSD board assigned to  shepherd the bond process for the District. Board representatives to the EFC are: Rosemarie White, Chair ([email protected]), Torrey Smith ([email protected]), Alex Thomsen ([email protected]), and Christine Sullivan ([email protected])

Thank you again for your time and your willingness to share your ideas. We look forward to your continued involvement in this exciting process.