Big changes are coming to the Palmyra-Macedon Middle School media center as the facility is undergoing a complete renovation, which will transform it into a cutting-edge learning hub.
Earlier this year, crews took the space down to its studs to re-imagine the facility. The fresh start will make the facility unrecognizable upon its reopening.
The project includes a digital video production room allowing students to get hands-on experience. At Pal-Mac High School, a TV/video studio currently exists, and the facility at the middle school will allow the district to build on the already established program at the high school.
Also in the works is the addition of a makerspace. By definition, a makerspace is a collaborative work space where students learn, explore and make without high-tech tools. The space will expand students’ imaginative qualities and allow them to express themselves in unique ways.
The media center will remain a hub for literacy and the advancement of literary skills, which remain key to the success of students. To help students grow as readers, a leveled book room will be included. The room will help provide access to reading materials to fit the needs of students reading at various levels.
“The library is the heart of the middle school’s program of inquiry; the renovated facility will better support students to expand their 21st-century information skills as well as serve as a source of enjoyment for our entire school community,” said PMMS Principal Darcy Smith.
To allow for learning in numerous capacities, the layout of the new facility will have the ability to be adapted and changed as needed. This includes flexible, movable seating along with mobile bookshelves.
“The new facility, with its makerspace and digital production areas, will inspire imagination and creativity in students and provide resources and collaborative work spaces to positively support student learning related to the MYP (Middle Years Programme) units of study,” added Smith.
Education continues to evolve, specifically technology and multi-purpose spaces, and the renovations will keep Pal-Mac at the forefront of this evolution.
The project is being completed and funded in part as a result of the passage of the 2017 voter approved capital project. Work on the media center is expected to continue through the 2020-21 school year.