“During this campaign, I have often taken inspiration from former Headmaster Chester Reagan.
He laid the
cornerstone for our Middle and Upper School building at the beginning of the Great Depression. It was a triumph of his determination and the faith the MFS community had in the future to complete the project and retire the debt during his years at MFS. We have been blessed with similar wonderful support during a difficult economic period, and with early donors to the campaign who understand the critical importance of this campus expansion.” - Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68
“Great Classrooms for Great Kids,” the largest captial campaign to be launched in over a decade, will dramatically increase the number of classrooms and labs and ease the current overcrowding in the Middle and Upper School. The results of this effort will include: 1) The first new classroom building since the 1960s with the renovation of the former South Annex building on the Greenleaf property. Scheduled opening: April 2012 2) A new chemistry lab, a new chemistry/ environmental science lab, and a new robotics/ physics lab in the Middle/Upper School building. Scheduled opening: September 2012 Among the benefits of these projects to the academic program are: • All full-time teachers will have their own classrooms, providing valuable continuity and increased prep time for the faculty. • Gathering the math faculty together in the same building will enable the department to experience the synergies of readily sharing ideas, pedagogy and curriculum. • New labs will allow the Science Department to support long-term student investigations and provide critical space for expanded work in robotics. • A large, specifically designed suite in the new building will provide a rehearsal space for the choral music program.
More Classrooms to Strengthen the Academic Program… MFS has an exceptional academic program that continues to grow. With the introduction of Mandarin Chinese, robotics, and new Honors and Advanced Placement courses, plus scores of electives in every department, the program is varied, engaging and challenging. As enrollment and the academic program have grown over the last two decades, the school converted unused spaces and conference rooms into classrooms. But more classrooms and labs are needed. While the school is very efficient with classrooms – each room is booked almost every period – the result is that Middle and Upper School faculty members are often unable to prepare in their own classrooms. There are numerous full-time faculty members who do not have their own classrooms and “float” from room to room. The School Committee has identified the classroom shortage as a serious concern that affects the academic program and the valuable interaction between students and faculty members. 17
Moorestown Friends School magazine