In addition, the hiring process for the 2017-18 academic year includes interviewing and, when possible, hiring quality candidates of currently under-represented populations within the teaching faculty.
Thirteen boys are contracted (five from our Middle School) for the new Upper School for Boys opening in the fall, with more in the admissions pipeline. We are meeting with architects, engineers and the city regarding the new academic building to open in 2019. In the meantime, the school has leased a downtown space, the site of the former Children's Museum, for classes two and one-half days each week.
All academic subjects teachers have now been contracted, including Jeremy Stubbs and Dianne Mattaei. Mr. Stubbs, current Upper School teacher of math and physics and dorm parent, has been hired to be the Dean of Students and will teach math, physics and robotics to the boys, as well as continue his dorm work. Former Upper School Learning Support specialist Mrs. Matthaei will provide learning support with some teaching responsibilities.
The uniform, including a shirt and tie in class color, has been solidified. The schedule is in the process of fine tuning.Athletics
The Director of Athletics, now part of the Senior Leadership Team is focusing on volleyball and tennis as signature sports. A tennis director and a volleyball director have been hired to oversee their programs in every division. The directors are charged with developing skills in the youth players, forming Middel School teams that will resemble Upper School teams (terminology, philosophy, etc), and challenging Upper School teams with appropriate competition and tournament opportunities. Similar roles are being examined in other sports such as soccer, basketball, and track & field/cross country.
With the completion of James Memorial Field and a second gymnasium becoming a reality, the PE faculty will place more emphasis on development of an enriched Lower School athletics program that mirrors sport offerings in the Middle School and Upper School. The field, in addition to allowing AWS to host Upper School and Middle School soccer games, will give the Lower School space to form soccer, cross country, ultimate, and track & field teams. It will also provide a safe place for play during recesses and summer camps. A new gym will equally benefit all 3 divisions, also allowing for “play” but also for AWS to host tournaments and better display our facilities to the local community through sport competitions.
A new fencing program will launch this fall with the opening of the new Upper School for Boys. In the winter, we will evaluate the possibilities of offering fencing to boys and girls in a more competitive after-school sport option.Institutional Sustainability
The school has implemented:
- an institutional sustainability model (with Jennifer Haley as Director of Advancement)
- a campus master plan
- a part-time position to leverage opportunities in revenue, curriculum and strategic plan advancement for the 2016-17 school year. We will not staff this position for 2017-18 but will continue to seek non-tuition sources of sustainable revenue.
- a multi-year plan for philanthropy to create a culture of philanthropy and a concrete five-year development plan (in process)
In addition, the From Strength to Strength
campaign, a significant milestone for the school, is near completion.