Madrona School’s Principal Farah Thaxton, teachers, parents, and students warmly welcomed prospective families and community members to the open house tour on Tuesday evening. It presented a nice opportunity to meet a community obviously coalescing around the vision of a neighborhood school as the District implements its new student assignment plan. All were very warm and open to questions, including the middle school students. The presentation emphasis was on Madrona K-8 as a student-centered school that can and does focus individual student needs where diversity is valued. The K-8 model allows the staff to really get to know and appreciate each student. The impression is that the students also have a sense of really knowing each other too, especially by middle school.
I also learned that at least some of the core classes at middle school level are segregated by gender. Students appeared shy to talk about how they felt about the gender division.
Evening open houses are an excellent means of meeting many in the community. However, if I were a a prospective parent at any school, I would make sure to attend a day time open house and tour of classrooms or arrange to visit during the school day where you can see the school in action.
From the PTSA page: http://madronapantherpartners.org/?p=556
I advise calling ahead to confirm as the information seems easy to find and others not so easy.
NOTE: Tours are intended for parents/guardians. families, but the entire school will be toured.Most day tours are generally geared toward incoming kindergarten The 2/17 tour date is specifically structured for incoming middle school students and families.
MADRONA K-8 Open Houses and Tour Dates in 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. (This one is focused for entering Middle School families.)
Day Tour: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Day Tour: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:15 – 10:15 a.m