WAKEFIELD — You can help build a new and improved Wakefield Memorial High.

In a release, the architectural firm SMMA states it is planning several workshops and needs a lot of participation. The first workshop is next week.

During the months of October and November 2021, as part of the Wakefield Memorial High School Educational Visioning Group (EVG), the architects are “looking for a group of WPS and WMHS leadership, administrators, teachers, parents, community partners and the general public who will participate in four 2.5-hour educational and architectural Visioning Workshops run by New Vista Design and SMMA. Each workshop will be a virtual session designed to inform the design of the WMHS facility through a step-by-step visioning process aimed at capturing participants’ best thinking about WMHS’s current and future educational goals and priorities, and connecting them to best practices and possibilities in innovative school facility design.

“All workshops will take place on a Zoom meeting platform, and are designed to be highly participatory, engaging, and informative. Each workshop will be different and will build upon the priorities set in previous workshops. We are looking for participants who can partake and attend all four of the workshops.

“If you are interested in being part of the visioning process, please pre-register by Monday, October 25 at 4 p.m. by emailing: [email protected]

Workshop One will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and will explore the following topics:

• Priority Educational, Architectural and Community Goals for the WMHS facility

• Future Forward Learning Goals and Practices that are now being implemented within, or envisioned for WMHS

Via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88482651587?pwd=dW9pWkRYUGZHd2xzQytNcGVYNGFCQT09

If you do not have a camera or microphone on your computer you may use the following dial in number: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID 884 8265 1587 Passcode 684666. This meeting will be audio and video recorded.

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Workshop Two will take place on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and will explore the following topics:

• Overview of Key Programs and Initiatives within WMHS

• Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities, and Goals (SCOG Analysis) associated with WMHS’s current academic

programming as well as the school’s vision for its future

• 21st Century Design Patterns that innovative schools throughout the country have put into practice in order to

support their forward-thinking learning goals on the level of facility design

Via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84268182488?pwd=M2NYVnNhSHI3MEdPc3A3aVNLdUhNUT09

If you do not have a camera or microphone on your computer you may use the following dial in number: 1-312-626- 6799 Meeting ID 842 6818 2488 Passcode 136327. This meeting will be audio and video recorded.

Workshop Three will take place on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and will explore the following topics:

• Guiding Principles and priorities for the design of the WMHS facility

• Blue Sky Ideas that participants would like to see realized within the WMHS facility

• Key Spaces and Adjacencies for the WMHS facility

Via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85349101336?pwd=LzhJVXlqMm9QYzY4NGw3VWEzU2E0dz09

If you do not have a camera or microphone on your computer you may use the following dial in number: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID 853 4910 1336 Passcode 429930. This meeting will be audio and video recorded.

Workshop Four will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2021, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and will explore the following topics:

• Bubble Diagramming of conceptual design ideas for the WMHS facility

• Key Talking Points that the group would like to communicate to the Wakefield community

• Next Steps for project development

Via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83186317160?pwd=SWxiVGVEY3JPNVdtZThVN0tVSzN4Zz09

If you do not have a camera or microphone on your computer you may use the following dial in number: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID 831 8631 7160 Passcode 949682. This meeting will be audio and video recorded.

For those who cannot participate in the Educational Visioning Workshops there will be Public Forums to provide updates and report on the progress of the Educational Visioning Group on:

• Wednesday November 10th at 7:00PM and

• Thursday December 9th at 7:00PM

Check the project website for more details. https://wakefieldmhsproject.com

Workshop presentations, materials and video will also be posted to the project website for viewing.