School Programs and Improvement Update
At Metrolina, we are continually committed to improving our program so that we can not only improve student learning but also their experience here at our school. I wanted to provide you with an update of some improvements that have already begun and also improvements that are on the way shortly.
In regards to academic improvements, we will be in the next few weeks ordering mobile iPad labs for our lower and middle schools to better integrate technology into those classrooms. As well, we are planning for the implementation of iPads for high school students next school year. At that time, all high school students will be required to have their own iPad as we will use them for access to many of our textbooks and other educational applications. This will help to reduce heavy backpacks and what students will need each day.
We are also planning for the addition of music and drama to our middle school program for next year. We will also be integrating foreign language and technology in both the lower and middle school next year. In the high school, we will introduce more college classes taught by our own teachers next year to provide more opportunities for our students to earn college credit while still in high school.
On the athletic side, we are installing bleachers for both softball and baseball at the fields’ complex for their upcoming seasons. This seating will greatly enhance our fans experience at these events. As well, we just received new wrestling mats for our wrestling teams. Furthermore, our new cross country course just recently opened.
We also are hoping to install bathrooms in the coming weeks at the complex. In the spring, we hope to raise money to provide additional bleachers at our football stadium. We continue to plan for the future of athletics as we are looking at developing on our campus additional track and tennis facilities. In addition, we are also planning to expand and upgrade our playground spaces in the coming weeks with money raised through our Cornerstone program. It is our desire to expand playgrounds around our children’s building to make the playgrounds more accessible and secure for our early education and lower school students.
Also, we are planning for the remodel of existing space to create more classrooms for our students. We are meeting with contractors planning for a small expansion of classrooms on our campus in the not too distant future. Our plan also includes providing space for other groups such as cheerleading and dance programs. I will update you on any building plans once they are finalized.
Finally, once we have reviewed our parent surveys we will be providing you with feedback as to the results and our plans for addressing your ideas. I greatly appreciate all of your support and prayers as we seek to honor God through the continued development of Metrolina.