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Frequently Asked Questions regarding a 7-12 School

The 7-12 configuration was a unanimous choice of the Building Committee and the School Committee for several reasons.  This configuration allows us to share instructional resources in a more cost effective manner as we can share staff in the areas of music, art and foreign languages.  Additionally, this configuration allows us to upgrade our library/media center, our science labs and add needed instructional space.  In terms of extra-curricular activities, all students in grades 7-12 will be allowed to participate in theater, literary journal, all inter-scholastic sports, yearbook and newspaper to name a sample.  Every district we visited indicated that the younger children really enjoy being at their 7-12 school.

The proposed building configuration reflects what we learned from other 7-12 schools.  There is a separate wing for the 7th and 8th graders and they will attend all of their academic classes in this wing. It is a separate learning community for them within the building.  They will have their own administrator and their own guidance counselor.  At defined times of the day they will use common areas like art, music, physical education in a supervised manner.  They will also have their own lunch period.

We would like to plan on one bus run for students in grades 7-12.  We will use additional bus monitors to supervise buses and existing expectations for behavior on the buses will be strictly enforced.  Any student who cannot behave on the bus will lose transportation privileges.  Also, most juniors and seniors use their own transportation so this bus run will not be overly crowded and will make better use of transportation resources. In districts we studied, behavior issues between younger and older students were rare.

Our plan is that a renovated 7-12 facility will include the seventh and eighth graders from all three towns.  This is a more cost effective way of providing secondary education to our students and will also allow us to better focus on state and local initiatives like college readiness, increasing rigor and growing advanced placement enrollments.  Elementary enrollments at the Granville School will be closely watched by the school committee in order to make decisions about the on-going use of GVS as an elementary school, or whether it needs to be re-purposed or closed.

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86 Powder Mill Rd. Southwick, MA 01077
Office: 413-569-5391
Jennifer C. Willard, Superintendent

Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District
Phone: 413-569-5391 | Fax-569-1711 | Address: 86 Powder Mill Road, Southwick, MA 01077
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