This is an exciting time for our community as we celebrate our centennial and plan for our next 100 years.
In the coming weeks, community members will have two opportunities to learn more about the exciting and innovative work happening right now in our schools to push us forward and ensure Upper Arlington schools continue to be on the forefront of education.
First, we hope you will join us for the fourth annual State of the Schools on Monday, Feb. 5. We will begin at 6 p.m. in the Learning Center at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road, with student performances and district presentations highlighting our progress on our innovative strategic plan. And we are excited to have the Tremont Elementary Songwriting Club joining us for a performance of their original centennial song, "Serve, Lead, Succeed."
After the presentations wrap up, students and staff members representing all nine of our schools will fill the hallways outside the Learning Center and the cafeteria with displays, artwork, demonstrations and more performances -- including a sneak peek of the UAHS spring musical, "Anything Goes."
Near the auditorium will be Upper Arlington Education Foundation's Gallery of Grants, which will feature more student displays and performances. New this year in the Gallery of Grants, the Hunger Heroes from Wickliffe Progressive Elementary will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items for their ongoing service-learning project with the Heart to Heart Food Pantry.
We are pleased to be at the beginning of the design phase for a new high school and five new or renovated elementary schools as a part of the first phase of our master plan.
Over the past two months, we have been looking at how we use space and thinking about what learning should look like in our schools now and in the future. Community members, staff members and students on the six building steering committees have shared their thoughts on these important topics, and now it is time for the volunteers on the community building design teams for all six projects and any and all community members to share their thoughts on the initial stages of planning.
We hope you can join us for our second community meeting. We will offer two sessions on Feb. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at Mountview Christian Church, 2140 Fishinger Road, and at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road.
At these meetings, we will also break into individual building teams to further explore ideas and gather feedback on all six projects.
Our theme throughout the nearly three-year facilities master planning process was "your voice matters." This remains true as we work together to design a new high school and five new or renovated elementary schools to support the changing needs of Upper Arlington learners for generations to come.
If you are interested in learning more about the design process, visit uaschools.org/facilities. And, as always, feel free to reach out with questions at superintendent@ uaschools.org or 614-487-5030.
Paul Imhoff is superintendent of Upper Arlington schools.