August 24th, 2016
Hello Meadow Park Students and Families,
It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Meadow Park for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. It has been an incredibly busy summer for us here at Meadow Park and I can’t wait to welcome students back into the building and begin the year.
We have many exciting changes in store for the staff, students, and families of Meadow Park this school year. Some are structural -- bell schedule (no brunch!), painting, student and family handbook -- and others are about the instruction in our classrooms -- increased use of AVID binders, planners, and Cornell notes and a focus on collaborative learning.
There are two items that you may be hearing about within our community that I want to mention--early release Wednesday and Future Ready. First, although our teachers have approved an early release Wednesday model that change will NOT take place during this school year. Early release Wednesday will begin during the 2017-2018 school year and communication about this change will be ongoing throughout the current school year in order to help families and schools prepare for the shift.
Second, many of our secondary schools are beginning to move towards a 1:1 chromebook model for all grade levels in the current school year. Although we are not going to be completely 1:1 this year, Meadow Park will have a dramatic increase in technology with the infusion of 350 chromebooks into our school. Seven Meadow Park teachers will be selected to pilot 1:1 chromebooks and will begin to infuse them into their daily instruction. A further four Chromebook carts will be available for teacher checkout and use in all other classes. In addition, our design classrooms will have a dedicated MacBook Pro lab. Lessons learned within these classes, and through the use of checking out the available carts, will serve us well when we get more than 900 chromebooks and all students move to 1:1 within their classes for the 2017-2018 school year.
I look forward to partnering with you to make Meadow Park a great place for our students to learn and grow. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns, or suggestions throughout the coming school year.
You can reach Principal Jared Freeman at