Highlights From Coffee With The Head of School
What a privilege it was to get to spend time with many of you this week in our fall coffee. I wanted to take a moment in this week's email to give those of you who could not be here highlights of some of the things that I shared Tuesday.
I shared with the group Tuesday that MCA is currently working off of a 5 year Strategic Plan that addresses 7 objectives for our school. As I did with the group on Tuesday, let me update you on our progress and planning in regards to two areas of our strategic plan. Below are some of the highlights by category.
Spiritual development- One of our main areas of focus in our strategic plan is that of continuing to strengthen our spiritual foundations. Our goals for this year are to continually provide for the spiritual development of our staff as we seek to lead our students. As well, we continue to focus on providing the best chapel experience that we can for our students each week. We also are continuing to grow student leadership in the area of spiritual leadership through chapel, ministry, and mission opportunities.
Educational Program Development- A second priority in our strategic plan is that of continuing annually to improve all of our educational programs. Technology development is at the forefront of our work in this area this school year. We have recently updated our computer labs for both Upper and Lower school. In addition, we are beginning to equip our classes this fall with what is called "Elmo" technology. An "Elmo" consists of a digital projector and document camera that enables the teachers to better integrate various aspects of technology into our curriculum.
We will also be working this coming spring to ensure that all areas of our school will have Wi-Fi capability so that we may begin to introduce select areas for smart boards,I Pad mobile labs, and other tablet opportunities for all of our students including preschool. We have reworked and updated our entire technology curriculum in an effort to meet the ever changing needs of our students in the area of technology.
Another area of educational growth is in the area of adding concurrent enrollment classes for our high school students so that our graduates will have the opportunity to earn as much as 24 hours of college credit while still in high school.
Furthermore, we will in the next few weeks be rolling out to a new Guidance software system for our high school students called Naviance which will enable our students to be better matched to colleges that best fit their gifting and provide them with incredible support in finding college scholarships.
Another area of focus this year will be expanding our Upper School Media Center with new books, resources, databases, and other tools that will facilitate their academic experience. We will also be adding new Fine Art electives next year in the areas of vocal music, dance, and the dramatic arts.
Finally, we are close to beginning work on our baseball field which is our final field at the complex to develop. We continue to plan for other athletic space needs such as tennis and wrestling.
Next week, I will share with you regarding the other objectives in our strategic plan.