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In the second of this series of emails we would like to present to you some of the frequently asked questions that have come up from our Community Conversations and other feedback from the public.Please look for a FAQ email next week and then check out the District Reorganization website for the full list.

How do you expect big “middle schoolers” to fit in little “elementary” buildings/classrooms?

This is a question that comes up a lot--and is the exact question that was asked by our Board of Education. In measuring the current classroom spaces for our 7th and 8th graders and then measuring classroom spaces at Herrick Park and Patterson, there really isn’t a difference in the classroom sizes. In fact, the future science rooms for our 7th and 8th graders will be larger than what they currently use in the middle school. Since the new 7th and 8th grade buildings will be schools that will focus on project based learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, there will be shared or common spaces throughout the building. The actual time spent in one classroom space will be much less than what currently happens in our configuration.

Were teachers asked for their input in this reconfiguration process?

Yes they were! They have been an invaluable piece to this process. The initial survey was broken up into two different links--one for staff and one for parents/community members. When we reviewed the survey results, the priorities for the staff and the priorities for the parents/community were the same. That is a really good sign in that we are all on the same page and are clear on the vision and mission of our district! Our teachers will continue to be part of this process through committee work as well as professional learning throughout the school year.

Will students be involved in this process?

Absolutely! There have been initial meetings with students who will be the first classes in our 7th and 8th grade buildings. We are committed to gathering student input and students will play a key role when we begin to look at how the buildings will be structure as well as when we discuss project based learning opportunities.  

How can I get involved?

We would love to have you serve on one of our Reorganization Committees.  You can sign up for a committee of your choice by going to our website at www.tps.k12.mi.us and filling out the Google Form under the District Reorganization Information link.  If you have problems accessing the form, please contact us at 517.424.7318 and we will be happy to sign you up for a committee.

Thank you