EVSC to Host McCutchanville Elementary School Community Open House

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Community members will have the opportunity Sunday, August 5, to see the EVSC’s newest school – McCutchanville Elementary School – at a community open house scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at McCutchanville. In addition, the EVSC will officially unveil the naming of the school’s art room – the Lorene and Palmer Siau Art Room –  immediately prior to the open house. An open house specifically for McCutchanville students and parents will take place on another date and time.

The EVSC first announced plans for the new kindergarten through sixth grade school in December 2015, and hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in February of 2017.  The school’s colors of blue and orange and the mascot, the Mustangs, were announced earlier this spring. Some highlights of the new school include:

  • A student capacity of 1,000

  • Estimated opening enrollment of 630

  • Paid for with cash

  • 40 classrooms, including the Lorene and Palmer Siau Art Room

  • 9 specialized rooms, including technology, choir, band/orchestra, science, etc.

  • Outdoor learning spaces

  • Collaborative learning spaces

  • 120,000 square feet

  • Energy efficient design, including solar tube and LED lighting, smart HVAC system, insulated concrete forms, and more.

  • Constructed on 26.83 acres originally purchased by the EVSC School Board in 1995 as a future school site

  • Community walking track and playground

Other unique features of the school include a large, open space in the center of the building that is known as the Learning Commons. This is a collaborative area for students and staff. In addition, each grade has five classrooms and is located within a self-contained “neighborhood” where further collaboration can take place. The school also has a tiered lecture hall called the Teacher Theatre, an outdoor classroom and a community walking trail and playground.

“A great deal of planning went into designing this new school,” said EVSC Superintendent David Smith.” We spent thousands of hours investigating what an optimal learning environment looked like and embraced the idea of creating a school that would meet the needs of our students and community not only today, but for future generations.”

According to Katie Minihan, deputy superintendent of school support and accountability, the goal of the new school was to change the way students learn – through flexible learning spaces and an environment in which students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning.

“We are so excited to show off this brand new facility,” Smith said. “Our hope is that this facility instills pride in our community and we can’t wait to see the faces of our community, students and families as they see the school for the first time.”

 

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