Angevine Middle School
1150 West South Boulder Road Lafayette, CO 80026 | 720.561.7100
$400,000 included in budget
ENERGY EFFICIENCY FEATURES
The Innovation project at Angevine renovated underutilized grade-level team rooms along the central corridor to transform them into student-centered areas. Drawing on Thornburg's research on the need for archetypal learning spaces--cave, campfire, watering hole, and life, the project renovated walls to include more glass and connectivity along with new furniture that is easily moved to reconfigure spaces quickly.
Mike Medina, Principal
Megan Weir, Assistant Principal
Kathy Castle/Sara Bryan
Dana Langer/Dana Smith
Scope of Work
- Exterior wall improvements such as caulking, painting and masonry repairs
- Improvements to interior and exterior doors
- Improvements to interior finishes such as curtains, flooring, carpet, ceiling tiles and painting
- Plumbing improvements
- HVAC improvements
- Fire protection improvements
- Electrical system improvements including emergency generator
- Repair/replace fixtures such as lockers, bleachers, counter tops
- Repair/replace operable walls
- Restroom renovations
- Site improvements including fencing, paving, sidewalks, drainage, landscape and irrigation
- Audio enhancement in every classroom
- Provide Special Education classrooms
- Provide ADA work stations in labs
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
- Provide synthetic turf field and track
- Replace athletic equipment
SAFETY AND SECURITY
- Install electronic security controls
- Install security partitions
- Install exterior cameras
- Install camera/intercom security system
- Upgrade HVAC controls
- Upgrade lighting
- Replace aged boilers with efficient condensing type
Angevine Middle School is eligible to receive up to $400,000 in additional funds to implement facility improvements that support innovative teaching methods.
The Innovation project at Angevine renovated underutilized grade-level team rooms along the central corridor to transform them into student-centered areas. Drawing on Thornburg's research on the need for archetypal learning spaces--cave, campfire, watering hole, and life, the project renovated walls to include more glass and connectivity along with new furniture that is easily moved to reconfigure spaces quickly. The renovated spaces reflect current trends in 21st-century learning environments and align with two of BVSD's Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning is a Social Process and Learning is Founded in Inquiry.
Innovation Project Photos
To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions:
1. Briefly describe the project that you plan to implement with your Innovation Funds.
We plan to use the innovation funds in our hallways and team rooms to redesign those spaces into collaborative learning spaces including furniture. The team rooms, typically reserved for adult use, will be transformed into spaces that students and teachers can use for small or large group presentations and discussions. We plan to take the unused space near lockers, and create smaller work spaces, and areas for students to collaborate. Lastly, we plan to use the space by the entry doors in each pod, and turn it in to spaces students can work individually or in small groups. We connected our new learning spaces to Thornburg’s spaces for learning. Twenty-first Century schools explains that Thornburg, “... identifies three archetypal learning spaces— the campfire, cave, and watering hole—that schools can use as physical spaces and virtual spaces for student and adult learning (Thornburg).” Our innovated pods will include these three archetypal learning spaces. For instance, our pods will each have a technology bar which will be both a watering hole, where there is collaboration and group learning, as well as a campfire, learning from an expert, whenever teachers are working with a small or big group in these new innovative pod spaces.
2. How will you involve stakeholders in the decision-making process concerning the use of the innovation funds for your site?
We have invited a community member and former parent onto the team. We also asked for staff feedback once the initial plans were established. We took five 7th and 8th grade students on a tour of another middle school in the area to get their opinion on the lockers and innovation spaces. Since the pod spaces we are redesigning were largely used as staff break rooms, we surveyed our faculty to be sure their voices were included in this plan. Our faculty felt that the spaces were underutilized as staff lunch rooms and rebranding our long, expansive hallway was an excellent way to increase the learning and collaborative spaces in our school building. Staff rarely, if ever, used the current spaces for anything other than storage. The administrative team worked with the bond committee members, and chose another space to be rebranded as the “Staff Lounge”. (Staff specifically asked that it not be called the “Teachers Lounge”.) This space will be centrally located across from the library and teacher copy/work room. It is a much larger, more amenable space that can be used by several groups at a time. We will not make any changes to the space the staff uses currently to get copies, laminating, and checking their mail.
3. How does your project support The Success Effect? (BVSD's Strategic Plan-Mission/Vision/Goals)
This project supports BVSD’s strategic mission in making learning spaces that are engaging for students. As well, areas for students to collaborate in small and large groups are essential supports for student-led learning. These innovations will positively support student achievement by providing spaces for collaboration, inquiry and reading. Our plan connects with our school vision of going AVID schoolwide as collaboration, inquiry, and reading are all key tenants of AVID schoolwide and our school vision/mission.
4. Review the Innovation Guiding Principles and discuss with your stakeholders. How will your project align to one or more of the guiding principles?
At AMS, by transforming the old team rooms into new collaborative spaces, students will have more places to work in cooperative groups. There will also be presentation spaces for larger gatherings of students to share learning outcomes from inquiry-based projects. The new spaces will have more options for using space differently by changing our locker configurations, opening walls, and providing furniture that can be used by students in small groups. We are creating spaces where students can gather and work together in a more authentic environment than a traditional classroom setting. There will be comfortable furniture and technology-enhanced zones so students can work in a variety of settings.
5. Determine what your learning outcomes are for your innovation. What will happen as a result of this innovation?
Angevine Middle School Mission Statement
AMS students are college, career, and community ready, globally engaged, emotionally intelligent, and passionate about learning. We believe as a result of our innovations we will directly impact our newly formed mission statement by focusing our learning spaces in the two innovation guiding principles of learning as a social process and learning guided through inquiry.
We chose two guiding innovation principles to focus our planning and design. In those two principal areas, we hope our students will demonstrate growth in our new areas. Our student learning objectives are:
Students will be able to demonstrate growth in oracy by one or more grade levels (as evidenced by iready scores) by using presentation skills in small group settings.
Students will be able to practice collaboration amongst their peers by using innovation spaces for collaborative learning such as group projects.
We will measure progress towards achieving our learning outcomes in several ways.
6. Determine how you will measure the progress towards and achievement of your learning outcome. What is your plan for gathering data to show that the change is positively impacting learning at your site?
Qualitative Data: This data will include open-ended questions and comments from our stakeholders, students, teachers, administrators, families, and community members. AMS has a high level of community participation in our school and we will incorporate feedback data into our learning and community activities taking place in our new “Bobcat Dens.” These spaces will be flexible learning areas for small groups, multiple class activities, passing period community engagement, and more and our school will be using creative solutions to learn about how the space is being used for learning, collaboration and community.
Quantitative Data: The quantitative data is our numbers. The AMS numbers in our new innovative spaces will include these indicators and more as we grow and receive feedback about our innovations. Data we will capture is how much is the space being used each day for class learning activities, how many students are using the spaces during passing periods, on a Likert scale of community engagement, how much does this space impact your connectedness to your school community, your learning, and your sense of wonder and inquiry, how many teachers use the space each week to meet with colleagues, how many different uses did teachers use the spaces for in any given month. Additionally, we will track and measure what the purposes or learning outcomes are when the spaces are being used by teachers and student groups.
7. What professional learning and support might your staff might need in order to reach the desired learning outcomes for the space
Our staff has already been working towards a greater level of incorporation of learning as inquiry and learning as a social process in our classroom activities with the development of our new mission statement and incorporating AVID strategies school-wide. The professional training we will implement over the next few years to engage with our new spaces will be connected with AVID strategies and build upon the development already being developed.
At AMS, we have surveyed our teacher stakeholders and included some of their feedback thus far in our design process. Some teacher feedback is included below, picked randomly:
|General Feedback||Questions and Concerns|
|Thank you for your hard work on this. We have some exciting changes taking place that will really benefit our students.||I am viewing from afar and am wondering how the use of such spaces is managed. Would there be sign ups as if a computer lab or the library? What training will we receive to maximize the use of these fabulous spaces?|
|I like the idea of spreading the innovation across the building||Would like to see a more realistic model of the glass wall in the classrooms. Concerned about how that could be distracting for students, especially for those students are already easily distracted.|
|Sounds cool, I like finally getting rid of the wasted space of the team rooms||I am concerned about distraction with the glass wall. Otherwise, everything look fantabulous! I'm very excited!|
|I think we can use the same data we're collecting for some of the AVID schoolwide work: number of teachers or classes that are doing certain strategies that entail collaboration or inquiry (like team-building activities, think pair share, reciprocal teaching, tutorials or collaborative study groups, jigsaw...we can narrow to specific strategies, but this would kill two birds with one stone). And teacher/student survey before and after implementation.||One staff member mentioned to me a request to call the new teacher's lounge a staff lounge so those staff who aren't teachers feel welcome to join as well. This makes sense to me and hopefully our team agrees that we can provide this inclusivity to all staff.|