Building Update 5/7/14 – So much seems too happen on a daily basis. There is however, something big happening this weekend; the second story of the classroom building is sitting on site and will be moved on top the first floor this Saturday, May 10th; if you have time between Saturday activities this is something to stop by and see.
Dear San Tan Learning Center School Community,
Here it is! The much anticipated first Principal email for the New Year! I am sure you all have missed them. I have included several exciting future events; please read all the way through to the end so you don’t miss anything. With that being said, let me jump right into it.
When Rita and I started San Tan eight years ago, we went into it with much excitement and zest for learning. Somehow we were able to encourage 40 other families to begin this journey with us. With these committed families and five wonderful staff members, combined with our passion and determination, our dream began to emerge into a reality. Over the years we have experienced many great accomplishments and made painful mistakes, both of which produced tremendous learning opportunities for us to grow as an organization. Now, that small group of 40 families has grown to over 500, and our staff members have increased, as well, to 60.
We acknowledge the growth and success of the school and all that the school community has brought into our lives with deep gratitude in our hearts. We are always looking toward the future to offer more for our amazing school community. One of those key milestones was a school facility we could all be highly proud of designed to showcase the unique type of learning that happens within our school, an environment designed for greater opportunities for collaborative excellence in learning, creativity, character development, physical fitness, and the endless possibilities we imagine for our school community.
I am excited to announce that San Tan has purchased 6.5 acres of land in the premier master-planned community of Morrison Ranch on the Southwest corner of Recker and Elliot which is just 8 tenths of a mile away. Construction on the site will begin in early February with a projected completion date of June.
We anticipate many of you may have questions. Two informational meetings will be held in the San Tan gym; January 15th (directly following the Common Core Curriculum night that starts at 5:30pm) and January 21st at 6:00pm. Building renderings and elevations will be available for you to view at both meeting. Attached are the initial drawings along with a link to our builder’s website http://www.acceleratedconstructiontechnologies.com/portfolio_materials/NEWportfolioCharter.shtml
Please know that the decision to make the move was difficult. We realize we may lose some families in making the change however; the overwhelming ability for us to better educationally serve the students in our community was an overriding factor in the decision making. Our core focus is and always will continue to be the people, process, and possibilities that have allowed us to grow into the award-winning school we are today.
Below are just some of the exciting features of our new school campus and buildings that will provide additional school safety measures and better serve our students’ learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom;
- A two story office, preschool and elementary classroom building of over 35,000 S.F., housing 30 classrooms. This is the entire size of our current school facility.
- Separate Pre-school and Elementary/Jr. High building entrances.
- Larger classrooms (750 S.F.)
- Expanded Library/Media Center
- Dedicated School Computer Lab
- 14,000 S.F. High school size gym with a full stage, music room, full size basketball court, and P.E. classroom.
- Dedicated Middle School Rooms and Science Lab.
- 1.5 Acres of flat grass space to play on.
- Two play structures, one for PreK/Kinder and one for Elementary, as well as 3 outdoor basketball and 4 tether ball courts.
- We will be adding a sports program for kiddos in grades 5th – 8th in the following areas; Flag Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls’ Volleyball.
Finally, over the years many people have come to us asking questions about our name San Tan Learning Center, especially the “Learning Center“ portion, wondering if we are a tutoring center like Sylvan Learning Center or a school focused entirely on special needs, like the Higley Learning Center. With that in mind, our corporate board, after much collaboration, has also instituted a new name that clearly outlines who we are: San Tan Charter School. Over the next few months you will begin to see the transition from Learning Center to Charter School.
As you can see, these are exciting times for our school community. I welcome your questions and comments regarding these changes and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming information nights.
Dr. Kristofer Sippel
San Tan Learning Center