Inspiration View Staff Offers Sneak Peek of New School
D49 Chief Education Officer Peter Hilts looked out over a small crowd Monday, July 22.
"How many of you out here are going to be students at Inspiration View?” He asked. "Raise your hands high!”
In the audience, more than a dozen small hands belonging to future Inspiration View Elementary School students climbed to the sky. A burst of applause followed.
“It’s because of the students who are here today that this is going to be a fantastic school. Inspiration View is going to inspire a lot of greatness,” Hilts concluded.
The staff of IVES welcomed community members, school leaders and project partners to a ribbon-cutting ceremony ahead of the first day of school. The group filled in chairs set up in front of the front door of IVES, the newest elementary school in D49’s portfolio of schools, as well as the new home for the Falcon Homeschool Enrichment Program.
“Because of your trust in us and your willingness to fund this-- to allow our staff to really look at what we offered in our portfolio, and to dream, and to say ‘What does our community need?’” Explained Board of Education President Marie LaVere-Wright referring to the arts-integrated vision of the new school.
Described by IVES Principal Kristy Rigdon, the vision is inspired by the Kennedy Center Definition of Arts Integration stating students will engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. As an example, Rigdon suggests if students are learning about ratios and proportions in math, they may do this by learning perspective standards in art.
"We are all about fostering the passion talents of all of our students,” Rigdon said. "I think we have magic to do and we’re going to make it happen.”
The $24 million project is the direct result of the 3B MLO approved by voters in 2016, which brought online two new elementary schools, while also allowing the district to invest in teacher compensation along with refreshing and refurbishing existing buildings.
The completion of IVES created more than 30 jobs for D49 and will welcome more than 300 K-5 students for the ’19-’20 school year.