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School Scoop: On site at AAHS

Annie Harman | Echo Press

With the official opening of Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) just around the river bend, teachers and staff have started making their presence noticeable in the building.

Boxes of books, pictures of loved ones and unique flairs of personality have made classrooms and offices look almost lived in. Familiar items, such as the stuffed animals in the biology rooms, should help everyone feel at home in the new school.

There will be a few big changes for everyone to adjust to as well. Individual desks have been eliminated from the classrooms and have been replaced with easy-to-move tables and chairs.

“This will give the teacher flexibility to move from lecture mode to group mode easily,” said AAHS Principal Chad Duwenhoegger.

Technology will also be a big player in the rooms of AAHS. Other than the science labs, each classroom will be equipped with five computer stations, allowing for students to work collaboratively on assignments. Teachers will also be able to pull documents directly from the stations and show them to the entire class.

Another big difference students are sure to notice, though, is the amount of natural light entering every room. Studies have been done that highlight the benefits natural light has on students and their productivity, attitudes and energy. If there’s one thing AAHS won’t be short on, it will be light pouring in from the window covered walls.

No need to worry about a lack of light on cloudy, dark days, either. The building is equipped with 2,835 light fixtures, made possible with 270,000 feet of cables.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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