Big thanks to Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors for bringing ESD's classwork to life by demonstrating the vital role engineering plays in Lower School construction for Mr. Burnett's students. 29 ESD engineering students also recently completed their OSHA certification.
SUSTAIN OUR GREATEST ASSETS THROUGH AN INCREASED ENDOWMENT
ESD is on a remarkable trajectory. As we continue to establish our strong position among older peer schools, now is the time to build an endowment that reflects this position and ensures critical long-term support for our students, faculty, and programs. It is our responsibility to provide the financial stewardship needed to secure the Hallmarks of an ESD Education, and establish our legacy among the nation’s finest independent schools.
UNITE OUR COMMUNITY ON ONE CAMPUS AND BUILD A LOWER SCHOOL ON MERRELL ROAD
We have listened to our community, and what we’ve heard is clear: bringing the Lower School to our Merrell Road campus deserves our immediate and full attention. Our new Lower School will provide our youngest students and their teachers with innovative learning spaces and countless avenues for collaboration and shared resources. It will stand as a giant first step in fulfilling our shared vision for the School’s future.
IGNITE LIVES OF PURPOSE THROUGH THE 2018-19 ANNUAL FUND
The ESD Fund ensures the best possible educational experience today. Through the resources provided, it ensures that ESD can fulfill its Mission to prepare young people for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose.
The structural beam signed by many Lower School students, parents, faculty, and staff was installed on Saturday, October 27. The beam was signed on Friday, October 12. While it will not be visible once the building is complete, a small plaque will remind community members of its placement.
What if students could apply what they're learning in the classroom to something in the real world? Third graders are doing just that! In this study, students are using their math and map reading skills to calculate the space of their future fourth-grade classrooms.
Using blueprints of the new building, students are figuring out the square feet of the new rooms. This involves calculating and converting the scale of the blueprints to the actual dimensions. Students will later use this skill to figure the square feet of their current room. They will also consider the FFE, furniture, fixtures, and equipment, of the new Lower School.
Many thanks to the many Lower School community members who came out to sign an actual beam for the new Lower School.
The evening began in Jones Family Stadium cheering on varsity field hockey and continued to outside the construction site where families, teachers, and Eagles made their mark on a specially painted beam. Families and teachers enjoyed dinner in the Pavilion made possible by the Dads’ Partnership and gained a bird’s-eye view of the construction site from the third floor of the Stephen B. Swann Athletic and Wellness Center. Varsity volleyball and varsity football were also in action, and the enthusiasm of our littlest eagles and their families undoubtedly helped lift the teams to victory.
While very visible activity continues, a great deal of behind the scenes work is taking place. What is termed "FF&E" is a significant portion of this work - Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment. Not only do I see the acronym FF&E in almost every waking hour, I see it while I sleep! It is only a mild exaggeration to say this topic is dominating my every thought these days.
New buildings are fabulous, no doubt about it. The "newness," sparkling interiors, and impressive exterior, provides a point of pride and energy boost for all who are associated with it. An empty new building would not have much of an impact. Undeniably, it's the people - students and teachers - who make a new school building come to life, but the important role furniture, fixtures, and equipment play cannot be underestimated.