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Transformation Amid Tradition EIGHT YEARS OF RENOVATION — AND COUNTING

N E V E R B E FO RE H A S PACKE R enjoyed a greater commitment to the preservation and renovation of its historic spaces than it does under the leadership of Head of School Bruce L. Dennis. Over his eleven-year tenure so far, Dr. Dennis and the Board of Trustees have guided the transformation

of nearly all of Packer’s facilities except the Middle School (to which a mezzanine level will be added this year). In addition to preservation work on the exteriors and upgrades to the School’s digital infrastructure, nearly every summer over the past eight years has seen significant upgrades.

2007 Girls’ and Boys’ Locker Rooms

2008 Fifth Floor Art Studio, Digital Video Lab, and Darkroom Second Grade Classroom

2010 Chemistry Laboratories

2011 Biology Laboratories and workspace for Science faculty Lower School Science Laboratory

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Entrance and Main Hall [1] Physics Laboratories [2] Admissions Office Athletics Office

2 013 Upper School [3] The “Penthouse”

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2 0 14 Lower School [4 & 5] The Tower

COMING IN 2015 Middle School Mezzanine Fifth Floor Classrooms Upper School Office

COMING IN 2017 100 Clinton Street

COMING IN 2018 Garden House Kindergarten Suite (repurposed) 3

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Last summer, in partnership with Hudson Studio Architects, the School undertook an ambitious project: the gut renovation of the Lower School, which occupies the second and some of the third floors of “the main building” (i.e., Founder’s Hall and Alumnae Hall). Well-lit and inviting open spaces [4] and newly configured breakout rooms, including a dedicated space for math and literacy coaching [5], have made smallgroup work and professional development

more accessible. Classrooms at the 1st, 3rd, and 4th-grade levels are now located together. Vibrant new smartboards and document cameras are integrated into every classroom, allowing for interactive demonstrations in all subjects. “The new space has enabled us to do the kinds of teaching that we are committed to with our youngest students,” said Jansen Po, Head of Preschool and Lower School. “Frankly, it’s awesome.”

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PHOTOS: MICHAEL MORAN

ENHANCED TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE LOWER SCHOOL

The Packer Magazine — Winter 2015  

Building History: An architectural retrospective of The Packer Collegiate Institute reveals an institution consistently dedicated to providi...

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