Northwest ISD Navigator Magazine October 2017 - Page 7

The features Mrs. Webber is most looking forward to are the school’s collaboration abilities. Mrs. Webber and district secondary curriculum officials are planning everything else that makes a school what it is. Adams, like Wilson, includes collaboration spaces for students to work together on assignments that may require group efforts outside of a typical classroom structure. Additionally, the school has connectable classrooms, where teachers can work together for a lesson by moving partitions to create a larger learning area – a feature that may come in handy for special events. Part of that planning includes meeting with a committee to provide suggestions for colors and a school mascot, which will then be voted on by area students who may attend the school. Then, in the early-to-mid spring, attendance boundaries will be drawn to populate the school’s roughly 1,000 students across sixth, seventh and eighth grades. “That’s perhaps the most exciting thing about this design, because my goal for the culture of Adams is to focus on collaboration and working together,” Mrs. Webber said. “Our school will value differentiated learning, which means respecting the fact that sometimes learning happens in a quiet classroom, but sometimes it happens by working with classmates in an area you can be a little louder. These collaboration spaces, located in our hallways, provides ample room for students to come together and work in that kind of environment.” Northwest ISD annually adds more than 1,000 new students, and more than 23,000 students currently call the district home. As one of the state’s fastest-growing districts, schools are constantly being planned, with principals such as Mrs. Webber planning their way through the process. For her, that’s part of the exhilaration of founding a campus, but she’s ready for her own students again. About 200 construction workers are at the Adams Middle School site on any given day to ensure the school meets its scheduled August opening. As the physical work goes on, “I’m ready for a building full of kids,” she said. “We’re going to be a focal point of the community, and I can’t wait to work with our community and our neighbors at Eaton and Schluter.” n 7