September 22, 2023

New modern Rockland elementary faculty may reinvent schooling


ROCKLAND – A brand-new elementary faculty on the South Shore may change the sport. The Phelps Elementary College in Rockland was completed 9 months forward of schedule and considerably beneath price range. 

“As you flip every nook of this constructing it is like what we envisioned,” incoming Phelps Principal Michelle Scheufele stated. “We envisioned neighborhood pods, widespread areas to study, to show and study in, and I feel one of many largest excitements is simply seeing all the pieces we thought come alive.”

“We have taken three elementary faculties and we’re combining them into one,” Superintendent Alan Cron stated.

And it is all being performed within the identify of collaboration.

“I’ve by no means seen a college designed fairly this fashion, so we’re enthusiastic about that and the entire alternatives it can give our children and our lecturers to show cooperatively,” Cron stated.

Scheufele says the distinctive design provides lecturers the chance to reinvent schooling.

“You recognize we have not even begun to consider what we are able to do,” Scheufele stated. “Simply taking a look at these areas I feel it may evolve and we’re going to have the ability to do some superb issues right here. So enthusiastic about that.”

Proper now, solely the scholars at Memorial Park Elementary name the varsity house. However within the fall, two different faculties will be part of, about 760 college students in all.

Superintendent Alan Cron stated the choice to construct one giant faculty for the entire elementary college students creates fairness in the neighborhood.

“So, one child is not going to go to the old-fashioned whereas the opposite will get to go to the brand new faculty,” Cron stated. “Everybody will get to get pleasure from the brand new know-how, the brand new alternatives.”

Memorial Park Principal Jan Sheehan is thrilled to see her college students profiting from all of it.

“Even strolling into the school rooms, I see such a distinction in the way in which that college students are reacting to this new house and the way they’re working and the way their lecturers are successfully utilizing the know-how and the areas inside this constructing,” Sheehan stated. “It is unimaginable.”

“My cause that I do that is that I need my college students to really feel essential and to really feel seen and after I watch these children, now we have given them a message you might be essential,” Scheufele stated. “We constructed this for you, it is simply thrilling to see.”

When the entire work is completed, there might be one giant campus for the highschool, center faculty and elementary faculty.  

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