Update: Deep Dive Design Community Meeting (31st October 2015)

Dear Students, Families, Staff, and Friends,

The high school planning session that took place last Saturday was our second all-inclusive community Mission Hill High School planning session. Similar to the first session, there were about 45 people that attended. Some of the participants were not people who were directly tied to Mission Hill School. They were people invested in contributing ideas and joint envisioning of a great high school. Mission Hill caregivers, students, staff and community members were there. We were fortunate to have Deborah Meier and Roberta Logan join us. The combination of participants was electric and gave us great momentum for the work.

Our planning day began in the school library with introductions and singing. Next, we divided ourselves into three groups to imagine what a student’s day in our high school would look like. We imagined the student’s day through three different lenses; community, experiences and reflection. Each group expressed their work artistically. We drew and sketched, made dolls and built, and danced—all as vehicles and representations of our dialogue. So many ideas were creatively shared. We ended the day with appreciations to one another, including to Dani who prepared a wonderful meal for us.

Last Saturday we moved one step closer to shaping the vision of creating a high school. The vision, as I saw it being shaped, is one that invites the voice or expression of community members from many ages and life experiences to contribute to the learning and success of all other community members.

The next scheduled planning session is for students and alumni on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Please spread the word about this. We really need to hear thoughts from our young people.

Following the session for youth, the next step in our process is to take the ideas from our combined planning sessions and from what we’ve heard in other forums, and pull them together for critique. By critique, I do not mean to criticize. I mean to examine the ideas closely and provide feedback for fine-tuning and improvement.

If you have not been part of this high school design process so, you can join at any time. Invitations to participate will keep coming. I hope to see you at one of our future events.

Ayla Gavins

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