Major FMPS Projects Spark Big Excitement at Village School
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 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.”
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.
“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.”
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.