More than construction progress at new intermediate school

While community members can see the physical construction progress of the new Silver Spring Intermediate School, less obvious but just as important is the work being done to create a new learning environment for students in grades 5 and 6.Silver-Spring-Panthers-Logo-w-Name-250

Following are key tasks for opening a new school that have been completed or are underway:

  • School mascot – Panther was chosen to represent the school in a districtwide online parent survey, and a graphic image was created.
  • Principal – The position has been posted with interviews expected in January and the principal announced by March. Feedback from a November parent survey will be used to create a candidate profile, formulate interview questions and select the new principal.
  • Staffing – An initial staffing plan was created after teaching staff certified to teach grades 5 and 6 were able to express their interest in teaching at the new school. Affected teachers were notified of staffing decisions. Support staff – including paraprofessionals, custodians and office assistants – have been asked their interest in working at the new school, and those who will transfer will be announced in the spring.
  •  Student offerings – Work on curriculum, grading and extracurricular activities are underway and will be presented for School Board approval in January.
  • School day – Start and end times, bell and lunch schedules and important school dates will be finalized and announced in March.
  • A parent information meeting is scheduled for June 5 when parents will learn more details about how the school will operate, staffing and opportunities and services available to students.