- Provide high quality education.
- Create an engaging and inspiring approach to learning.
- Encourage interactive, multi-disciplinary, project-based learning modes; foster curiosity.
- Value diversity; display creativity.
- Provide a variety of learning spaces.
- Value reflection.
- Optimize connection to the natural environment.
- Host community events and promote partnerships with the community.
These are some of the priorities articulated by our educators during a day-long session facilitated by our design team from SMMA and EwingCole. The Lincoln Schools have clearly defined priorities, our faculty and administrators are engaged in dynamic conversations about education, and the question the School Building Committee is trying to answer is: How will the building support our vision of education?
Here’s what’s happening to move the process forward this week:
- Tuesday, October 17th: Please join us for one (or both!) of the Community Workshops focused on how physical space impacts teachers and students.
- What: How does our current building impede our educators? If a new building is built, or significant renovations made, how will it affect what is taught and how it is taught? How do we know our new/renovated building will meet the needs of the next generations of Lincoln students?
- When: 8:00 – 10:00am AND/OR 7:00pm – 9:00pm
- Where: Brooks Gym
- Student Input Sessions: Also on Tuesday, members of the design team will meet with groups from the 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades to talk about what they like about the Lincoln School building, see examples of other schools, and discuss what they’d like to see in a new/renovated school.
Setting the Context: Phrases such as “21st century learning,” “project-based learning,” and “maker spaces” are used a lot. What do they mean? Here are a series of short videos and links that make them real. Enjoy — and please bring your questions and ideas to one of the workshops on the 17th!
We Want to Hear from YOU! We invite you to give us feedback about our blog posts, or ask us questions about the process. You can make a public comment by clicking on the “comment” button at the bottom of the post, or you can send a message directly to the SBC by clicking on “Contact the SBC” on the home page menu. Thank you!
What makes a group project successful? Our students can tell you that group work is most productive and exciting when innovation and inclusion are valued, and when members come with ideas, specific knowledge, and a willingness to ask probing questions. As a community, we are engaged in just such a process!
How Can a Building Support our Educational Vision? October 17th Community Workshop: Superintendent Becky McFall, and educational planners from SMMA and EwingCole will lead two workshop sessions (8:00am and 7:00pm) focused on how architecture and design support educational goals. They will share the priorities expressed by our educators during an all-day visioning sessionheld September 28th, show examples of other schools, and engage the community in discussion about specific concepts and educational spaces. Join us at 8:00am AND/OR 7:00pm, Brooks Gym.
This Week: On Wednesday, October 11th, the SBC and members of the PPDC will learn more about community priorities through a series of short presentations from the Historical Commission, Public Safety, the Planning Board, the Green Energy Committee, the Conservation Commission, and the Commission on Disabilities. Added to previous presentations from Parks & Recreation and the Water Commission, these conversations will help the SBC, PPDC, and the community understand the complex series of opportunities and issues that must be balanced as work moves forward. Join us at 7:00pm, Hartwell Multipurpose Room.
Recap of October 3rd Workshops: Last Tuesday, more than 130 community members came together in the Brooks Gym for interactive sessions aimed at exploring the future of the Ballfield Road Campus. The sessions were facilitated by the architecture firm SMMA, which in partnership with EwingCole, was hired by the School Building Committee (SBC) in August. In addition to the design team, members of the SBC and the Community Center Preliminary Planning and Design Committee (PPDC) were there to listen and learn from the professionals and the community.
Both the morning and evening sessions featured information-sharing and gathering as SMMA used five possible campus configurations to generate discussion and to more deeply understand Lincoln’s collective priorities for a revitalized campus, one that will cohesively accommodate a preK-8 school and possibly a community center on one site. Echoed continuously by both the community and the architects was a commitment to preserving the unique character of our campus, while at the same time defining a forward-looking vision that improves the campus experience for students and Lincolnites of all ages for years to come. Missed the workshops? See the video of the evening session here.
What if you decided to redo your kitchen, hired a respected designer, and then asked a trusted neighbor to oversee the design and construction process? With a good professional and a tasteful neighbor, it might be fine, but would it really turn out the way you wanted?
We have a great design team, and we hope you consider the members of the School Building Committee to be “trusted neighbors.” At the same time, you are the “homeowners,” and we need your input and guidance in order to get this right.
So, PLEASE join us on October 3rd for one of the Community Workshop sessions. These workshops will focus on the layout of the Ballfield campus, and will generate critical information for both the school and community center study committees.
You might be thinking, “What do I know about campus layout?” We are all users of the campus, and we all have ideas and opinions about where the metaphorical appliances should go!
Here’s how to get ready for the workshop:
- If you’re a parent: What do you think works/doesn’t work in the school building and on the campus? What do you think about the layout of the school? Is the parking in the right places? How well do pick-up and drop-off patterns work? What is it like to walk/bike/drive around campus? Are there enough playing fields? Where should the after school program and community facilities be?
- If you’re a community member: What works/doesn’t work when you come to vote? Or for Town Meeting? Is there enough parking? Is it easy to access the roads and pathways? Which parts of the school, fields, recreation spaces do you use?
- New to Town? Think you don’t know enough to contribute? Bring your experiences from other towns and schools, and help us consider different solutions!
- For ALL: Get ready to ponder provocative questions: What is the best location for the building(s)? How many stories should the buildings be? What happens to the big trees? How do those decisions impact design, energy efficiency, and recreational options?
- Bring an open mind and your questions!