Major FMPS Projects Spark Big Excitement at Village School

Fourth grade studnets pose with the amazing mural they created.

Fourth grade studnets pose with the amazing mural they created.

The holidays came early at Village School today with the celebration of two FMPS grants: students cut a ribbon to open the innovative Learning Commons space, and the new student-designed mosaic mural was unveiled on the front of the school.

The new Learning Commons, all wrapped in a red bow.

The new Learning Commons, all wrapped in a red bow.

Success!

Success!

The Learning Commons is a flexible learning, reading, research and project space where students can move seamlessly from lecture to library to lab, explains Village librarian Allison Soghomonian. Moveable furniture and multi-purpose areas create flexibility, and the space encourages collaboration and creativity.

“Friends of Marblehead Public Schools is so fabulous,” said Ms. Soghomonian at the ceremony. “I can’t thank them enough. They’ve funded many initiatives that make education in Marblehead so much richer.”

Happy faces at the opening of The Learning Commons at Village School.

Happy faces at the opening of The Learning Commons at Village School.

The fourth grade can't wait to have their mural unveiled!

The fourth grade can’t wait to have their mural unveiled!

Drive down Village Street, you won’t be able to miss the amazing new mural glistening on the front wall of the school. The goal for teachers Mary LeBlanc, Randi Guthartz and Annie Madden was to integrate the fourth grade science, social studies and math curriculum into a visual art piece that could be enjoyed by the entire community. Artist David Fichter worked with fourth grade students to turn their sketches of Marblehead’s natural and historic beauty into a gorgeous mosaic. Students, teachers, and parent volunteers helped place each tile, and today a crowd gathered to count down to the big reveal.

The big reveal!

The big reveal!

“We want to thank Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools for supporting this project,” said Mrs. LeBlanc at the ceremony. “This group works tirelessly to support and enhance the education in Marblehead.”

Whoo-hoo!

Whoo-hoo!

Thank you, Village grant writers for thinking proactively and creatively and looking for innovate ways to inspire your students. And thank you, FMPS donors, for making these amazing ideas come to life.

The Village School Mosaic Mural in all its glory.

The Village School Mosaic Mural in all its glory.

Mary LeBlanc and Annie Madden, fourth grade teachers who wrote the grant.

Mary LeBlanc and Annie Madden, fourth grade teachers who wrote the grant.

So much excitement at the unveiling!

So much excitement at the unveiling!

The Village School Mosaic Mural, funded by a FMPS grant.

The Village School Mosaic Mural, funded by a FMPS grant.

Village School musicians, led by Ms. Ferris, perform at the ribbon cutting.

Village School musicians, led by Ms. Ferris, perform at the ribbon cutting.

Abby and C.J. are ready for the ribbon cutting.

Abby and C.J. are ready for the ribbon cutting.

Comfy areas designed to linger and learn.

Comfy areas designed to linger and learn.

Collaboration--at the heart of The Learning Commons and of Village School.

Collaboration–at the heart of The Learning Commons and of Village School.

The Learning Commons has perfect spots to read with a friend...

The Learning Commons has perfect spots to read with a friend…