Our students have enjoyed the updated and expanded Panther Learning Commons (PLC) this year. We currently offer 8 different seating options and the space is easily transformed for whatever group is using it.
The PLC was designed with flexibility in mind so that all of our students can find a space to work and learn that fits them best. So far this year, we have a story area time to share the power of story with our K-5 students weekly. It has also been used by the girl’s basketball team to meet and plan. Our breakout rooms house online students, and smaller classes for French and Sign Language. Our Kindergarten students have been using the computers to complete their MAP Skills testing. The boy’s basketball team had many study halls in the PLC throughout their season. Sixth grade comes in regularly for study hall periods. Mrs. Brink’s 8th grade ELA classes presented their Holocaust projects in the space. In January, all of the Middle School students cycled through to learn about digital research tools we have available at St. Paul’s to aid in their research projects. Our Battle of the Books team meets weekly to drill questions and titles and authors for their competition coming in March. We’ve held two successful book fairs and have plans for a shorter BOGO (buy one get one free) book fair to prepare students for summer reading. This fair is happening in early April during the school’s Open House.
I’m reminded of our theme verse, from 1 Peter 2:5 ESV, “You are like living stones, and God is using you to build a spiritual house,” daily in the Panther Learning Commons. It has taken years of planning, visioning, and fundraising. Yet here we are now reaping the rewards of the work of so many that have come before. We appreciate the generosity of all who contributed to this learning space at St. Paul's. This year we will finish the PLC project and then launch our next phase of learning space renovation and updates as we "build for the future" at St. Paul's!