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Superintendent's Corner
Dr. Steven Hiersche
Superintendent of Schools

Posted January 24, 2017

Detail Work on the New Middle School

As the steel construction continues on the Middle School, we are also looking at furniture and technology.  Our goal for furniture is to choose options that provide as much flexibility as possible.  Instruction in our classrooms today requires a great deal of work in varying size groups.  As you know from your own work environment our students will enter a workforce that is very much team oriented. Collaboration is one of the Hallmarks of a 21st Century learning environment.

With regard to technology our goal is 1 - 1 access which means that the necessary tools will be available to students and teachers when they are needed.  This will be a high-tech learning environment.  Even in the outdoor learning area students will be able to have access.  While we are thinking about devices, we need to be sure that the device decision is made as close to opening the school as possible.  Technology changes so quickly we want to take advantage of the latest technology.

Hard to believe the Middle School opening is a little over a year from now!

Digital Etiquette.

The year is full of events and performances at the schools.  It is a time to enjoy the accomplishments of our students. Remember in this digital age there is Digital Etiquette to follow:

Digital etiquette maintains that someone who takes a picture/video should always ask the people in that picture/video for permission before posting it on the internet.   Parents often post pictures/videos from sporting events, recitals, birthday parties, and school functions online.  If those pictures/videos include other children, the parent needs to obtain permission from the parents of ALL students involved.  

We need families, teachers, and community members to be aware of this policy when they are at school events such as grade level programs, field day, field trips, and even when visiting our classrooms and cafeteria.  We have parents who prefer that their child's picture/video not be posted online.  If you take pictures please do not share them online without consent from the parents of students pictured.

This is not just a school issue.  It is a community issue, as we want all children to be both safe and respected.  

Access to New Beverly Middle School Information
The following link provides information regarding the Middle School Project:
New Middle School Updates

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