By Cade Miller and Kris Vinther
1. Are you nervous about being the first principal of the new school?
Although it is a big job, I don’t feel nervous about being the first principal. I am very excited because I get to work with amazing students, teachers and families! It’s also a very special opportunity to be able to build a new school with the help of the whole community. So, that leaves me feeling very, very lucky!
2. What will be different at Arroyo compared to Brittan Acres?
Well, at Arroyo we will only have two grade levels, so everyone can do mostly everything. We will go to the music rooms to play instruments, we will also get to have special classes like coding, maker space, drama, and language. We will also have many ways for students to be leaders (school ambassadors, green team, safety patrol, etc.).
3. What are you most excited about that will be new at Arroyo?
I’m really excited about our special spaces like our Arroyo Garden, Wild Zone, Maker Space, as well as all of the new construction. I’m MOST excited about the students and teachers who are coming to the school!
4. Will any of the rules be different?
I think that many of the rules will be similar. There might be some rules that will be a little different because we are in a new space (for example, our lunch rules might be different, or where we store our scooters or bikes might be different)
5. Will there be different periods for different subjects in different classrooms?
There will be periods of time when you work on specific subjects (like reading or math) just like you do at BA. Our Arroyo teachers might share students so that they can teach as a team, which means that you might go to the room next door. When you have music or elective classes, you will travel to those special classes.
6. Will homework need to be done on a computer?
Sometimes homework will need to be completed on a device, but it’s really up to the teacher to assign. The most important homework is to read every night!
7. How much homework will we have each night on average?
We are really trying to make sure that homework doesn’t get in the way of family time. On average 30-45 minutes is plenty. I hope that afternoons and evenings are mostly spent learning something new and fun, playing with your friends and family, reading for pleasure, and getting enough sleep so you are ready to learn the next day!
8. How many recesses will we have and how long will lunch be?
We haven’t finished making our plans yet. I would like to have a 15 minute morning and afternoon recess, with a lunch period of about 40 minutes.
9. What is the Wild Zone?
A Wild Zone is a space where kids can play in nature using natural materials. We will use it for building forts, hide outs, fairy rings, sculptures, games, etc. It’s really up to you what you can create there! It’s a lot like the creative play that kids do when they go camping and start to build things using the materials that they find on the forest floor.
10. How big will the Wild Zone be and what types of supplies will be there for building a fort?
The Wild Zone is pretty large! It will run along the side of the new building that is being constructed. There is a huge tree in the middle of the Wild Zone that will be very important for us to use in that space. We will have lots of materials to work with…branches, twigs, leaves, raffia, twine, moss, burlap, pine needles. We will probably add other items to the building supplies as the year progresses, just so we can mix it up a bit. It will be a lot of fun to play there!