Norfolk Public Schools invites citizens to participate on a committee to recommend names for a new, citywide choice school serving grades 3-8 at the site of the former Lafayette-Winona Middle School. The school is scheduled to open in September 2015.
The committee will have two meetings: Tuesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 10 at 6 p.m. at the former Lafayette-Winona facility, 1701 Alsace Ave., Norfolk. Citizens who would like to participate on the committee do not have to RSVP for the meetings, however they are asked to commit to attending both sessions.
The committee’s process for selecting names to recommend to the Superintendent and School Board will include an online survey. A public hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Central Administration Building, 800 E. City Hall Avenue.
The new school will be the only facility in the city serving grades 3-8. The school will offer an innovative teaching and learning environment focused on student-driven, collaborative, project-based concepts in the areas of technology, engineering, arts, math and science. There will be an emphasis on critical thinking and creative learning.
Additionally, the school will apply in 2015 for candidate status for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. If accepted, the new school’s first year as an IB Middle Years candidate school would be 2015-2016, with staff receiving IB training and access to the IB curriculum. International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The planning committee for the new school is in the process of finalizing the process by which families can apply for their students to participate in the lottery to attend the new school.