Some students at Kendrick Lakes Elementary School will come back from summer vacation to a new school building. The new Kendrick Lakes Elementary School opened to students last April amid a mix of …
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Some students at Kendrick Lakes Elementary School will come back from summer vacation to a new school building. The new Kendrick Lakes Elementary School opened to students last April amid a mix of in-person and remote learning and welcomed most of the school’s 370 students back to in-person learning for the first day of school on Aug. 17.
The new building is located at the same Hoyt Street address in Lakewood as the old facility, with the new schoolhouse located to the east of the old site. Construction on the building is complete, but the site of the now-razed old facility is awaiting sod to be converted into athletic fields.
Kendrick Lakes Principal Sarah Roberts said that students who were enrolled in remote learning when the building opened last year were excited to kick off the year in the new digs.
“They were thrilled,” said Roberts. “Remote families felt like they missed out, but this year we have all students back in-person, with about four exceptions. This community is always so supportive and amazing.”
Roberts said that a design advisory group made up of faculty and parents was formed to determine the features of the new building. Bright colors and large windows were prioritized to give the school a more vibrant feel.
“I wanted color,” said Roberts. “I wanted orange and yellow and green. I think it’s bright, airy — how can you not feel positive when you come in? Moral went up, kind love the colors, love the windows.”
In addition to the interior additions, which include a revamped cafeteria with updated appliances, an expansive library and a large indoor gymnasium, three playgrounds were built. They offer a variety of play structures for different grade levels.
Also new to Kendrick Lakes is the implementation of MinIO Boards — digital whiteboards that allow teachers to display interactive media for lessons — to many of the classrooms.
Jenny Sandlin, Kendrick Lake’s digital teacher and librarian, said the school is one of the first in the area to get MinIO boards.
“You can connect to them through an HDMI hook-up or a wireless cast,” said Sandlin. “We’re one of the first schools to get this. At first, we were a little nervous, but it’s easier to use them than anything else. We have ed-tech specialists with JeffCo Public Schools that help with getting this setup.”
Kendrick Lake’s enrollment window for the 2021-2022 school year closes on Aug. 31. Funding for the new school building came from the school bond approved by voters in 2018.
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