New KMS building to open later in school year

New KMS building to open later in school year
Posted on 08/02/2017
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Due to construction delays, the new building at Kannapolis Middle School will not be ready for the start of school on August 28th. However, all KMS students will start school on time on August 28th, and they will have access to all their regular courses and extra-curricular activities.

 

The KCS Board of Education has approved a plan for starting school at Kannapolis Middle School that is designed to make things as easy as possible for all KMS students and families. For the first half of the school year, all seventh and eighth grade students will be housed in the current Kannapolis Middle School building just as they have been in the past. Sixth grade students that live in transportation zones closest to KMS (those in the Shady Brook and Fred L. Wilson transportation zones) will attend class at the current KMS building. The remaining sixth graders will be housed at G.W. Carver Elementary for the first half of the school year. When Christmas break ends in January, all KMS students will be back at the Kannapolis Middle School campus.


Board members said they believe the plan is the best way to deal with the construction delays. “We’re
extremely disappointed that the new building won’t be opening on time as we had planned,” said school board chair, Todd Adams. “However we’re pleased with the plan that Dr. Buckwell and his team have developed. We think it does a good job of making sure our students, staff, and parents can go through this process with as little disruption as possible.”

 

KCS Superintendent, Dr. Chip Buckwell, said it was extremely important to have a plan to make sure school could continue uninterrupted. “We really hoped we could be inside the new middle school building in time for school to start. However, construction delays just aren’t letting that happen. We know this is not an ideal situation, but we will do everything we can to make things as easy as possible for KMS students and families. We’re making sure that all KMS students will keep their same teacher all year. We’re making sure they will ride the same bus all year, and we’re making sure they will have access to all their regular classes and extra-curricular activities. We’ll do our best to make everything as seamless as possible. We’ll also do everything we can to communicate personally and effectively with all KMS families.”

 
During the week of August 7th, all sixth grade families will receive a personal letter and a personal phone call with specific information for their child and the plans for the upcoming year. KMS also will have information for all middle school families at the school’s Open House on Saturday, August 26th. The Open House will be held at Kannapolis Middle School and will include specific information for each family about what to expect for the coming school year. 

 

The KMS plan approved by the school board on August 2nd includes the following details:

  • All 7th and 8th grade students will be housed in the current KMS building for the first half of the school year. When students report back to school at the end of Christmas break in January, 7th and 8th graders will begin classes in the new middle school building.

     

  • KCS will house ten classes of 6th graders at G.W. Carver Elementary for the first half of the school year only. The remaining 6th grade classes (six classrooms) will be located at the current KMS building.

     

  • All middle school students will be assigned to their regular teacher(s) at the start of the year and will stay with those teachers throughout the year. 

     

  • All middle school students, regardless of whether they are at KMS or G.W. Carver to start the year, will attend school on the middle school schedule. Middle school classes will begin at 7:15 a.m. each day and will dismiss at 2:10 pm each day.

     

  • Because KMS students will remain on the middle school schedule, there will be no disruption for students or families at G.W. Carver Elementary. G.W. Carver Elementary students will be dropped off in the morning and dismissed in the afternoon 90 minutes later than KMS students. They also will eat breakfast and lunch more than an hour later, so there will be no overlap or disruption to transportation or meal services. In addition, KMS students attending G.W. Carver will have their Art, PE, Band, Music, and other special classes at the start of the day before G.W. Carver students arrive for school. That will free up those art and PE areas for G.W. Carver students to use during their regular school day, and G.W. Carver students will get the full benefit of all their arts magnet programs.

     

  • KMS students that attend G.W. Carver for the first part of the year will have access to a middle school guidance counselor, middle school administrator, middle school secretary, and middle school teachers that will be housed at G.W. Carver. KMS students also will have full access to extra-curricular activities as well as middle school Music, Art, AIG, EC, PE, CTE, and other special services.

     

  • Transportation services will remain the same for all KMS students throughout the year. Sixth graders that attend G.W. Carver will ride the same bus they normally would ride. Once the move is made to the new school in January, KMS students will remain on the same bus they had been using all year.  

 

In order to make the transition for Kannapolis Middle School students and staff as smooth as possible, KCS plans to move into the new KMS building over the Christmas break. That will allow plenty of time for all materials and furniture to be in place and ready for learning on the first day back in January. It also will allow plenty of time for construction of the new middle school building to be completed. Superintendent, Dr. Chip Buckwell, says making a move like this over a natural break in the school year is important. “I’ve talked with other superintendents about their experiences, and I’ve looked back to when we’ve moved into new schools in KCS in the past. In every case, it’s been best to move when there is a regular break in the school year rather than trying to rush things over a weekend or a teacher work day. We want to do this right, and we want to do what is best for our kids.  Our goal is for our teachers to be ready to teach in their new classrooms on the first day back in January without having to worry about unpacking boxes and being distracted by a move.”

 

To help middle school students feel more comfortable, KMS will hold an Open House on Tuesday, January 2nd. That will allow students and families to come see their new classrooms and to get to know where things are located in their new buildings. 

 

To help answer even more questions, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions document that is available by clicking here. 

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