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Video Footage of #NewPrinceton Middle School

Video Footage of #NewPrinceton Middle School

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Princeton City Schools will hold an open house and cut the ribbon on its new middle school as students prepare for an academic year in a new building with a new type of learning environment.

During the open house, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11, families will tour classrooms that look and operate differently than at the old school, which is being demolished to make room for the common area that will connect the middle school with the high school.

Other building tours will be offered Aug. 6-8 and Aug. 12-13. Tour times are listed on the district website, www.princetonschools.net.

The Princeton Community Middle School building includes 51 classrooms, with an additional 24 learning spaces within 180,000 square feet of the campus total of 544,000.

Click here to see more photos from inside the school.

Principal William Sprankles talks about two of the unique features at the new Princeton Community Middle School.

About 1,200 students in grades six through eight will learn in classrooms that seat 32, set up in an “X” formation, to eliminate the front and back of the classroom.

“The teacher teaches from the middle, not the front of the room,” William Sprankles, principal of grades six through 12, said.

Swivel seats roll up to tables of eight students, angled toward the center of the room.

Dry-erase boards allow students to collaborate as pairs, with the board also serving as a barrier for privacy during testing.

Teachers will share common spaces, allowing collaboration and keeping classroom space open for more frequent use.

The building design used every available space, according to Superintendent Gary Pack.

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