By Ian Hanigan
This week, IUSD officially added a new school to its award-winning lineup with the opening of Jeffrey Trail Middle School. We stopped by for a brief visit on Friday, and there was definitely a buzz on campus.
“I’ve been doing this a long, long time, and I’ve never seen energy like this,” Principal Scott Bowman told the NewsFlash. “It’s like anything that’s new, there’s an ownership in it. The kids are taking pride in every component of everything that they’re doing.”
Some of that can be attributed to the state-of-the-art facilities and student-centered design.
The mostly enclosed middle school is cleverly divided into three wings, which are accessed by extra-wide hallways that can comfortably accommodate the flow of 700 seventh- and eighth-graders — and a fleet of rolling book bags. Within the wings, 30-plus classrooms are packed with environmentally friendly fixtures, including bright, inverted-pyramid skylights that reduce the need for electric lighting.
Bowman said the biggest challenge so far has been organizing the morning drop-off routine, but even that has been surprisingly efficient, and parents have expressed their appreciation.
Back inside, students and staff were still getting to know their new environment on Friday morning, but it was …read more
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