THE VISION FOR PHASE II

$1.2 Million Goal

Phase II of the Designing for the Difference Capital Campaign presents a timely opportunity to “finish what we started”!

Central to our philosophy is an understanding of interdependence; we depend on each other for our growth as learners. The spaces we occupy should foster this idea. Students need spaces that enhance their academic work around research and media literacy, but they also need places to informally gather, socialize, work collaboratively on a project, have a snack, and share time together.

The recent creation of the Dennis Naas Learning Commons in the center of our building is the intersection of academic common space and social common space. It encourages the interdependent relationships we have fostered through the Lower School and hold dearly in the Middle and Upper School.

Phase II provides an extraordinary opportunity to blend form and function with intentional spaces for a much-anticipated full functioning kitchen on the Café Floor…a much-needed Faculty Lounge for our remarkable and deserving staff…a designated office for the Head of School…renovated main office areas and restroom upgrades…and SHH, the quietest study area on the Birmingham Campus!

LOOKING TO OUR FUTURE

The Designing for the Difference campaign provides our community with the opportunity to honor our past while looking to the future needs of our teachers and students. Creating an enclosed sky-lit learning commons; expanding the size, capacity and use of our library; and integrating technology throughout the newly enclosed courtyard strengthens our program and provides students on the Birmingham Campus with important spaces for inquiry, research, collaboration and social engagement.

Now, we must finish our work – now we must complete the project! The kitchen that will provide hot food and snacks to students throughout the school day; the quiet study and teacher work space that completes the collaborative work areas; and the renovated main office and administrative offices that provide current families and visitors with the professional spaces to meet and engage with the school are the remaining three puzzle pieces that make up Phase II of our Courtyard Project. These final three pieces complete the vision we constructed back when we first imagined what was possible. I hope you will join us in bringing this vision to form for our Roeper Community!

David Feldman, Head of School

THE PROJECT FOR PHASE II

We are now ready to move forward toward the successful completion of Phase II of the Designing for the Difference Campaign – a $1.2 million investment.

What does Phase II include?

New Spaces
– Full-Function Kitchen on the lower/courtyard floor
– Quiet Study Court
– Conference Room
– Head of School Office
– Faculty and Staff Lounge

Expanded and Renovated Spaces
– Main floor Administrative Suite
– Restroom upgrades and refurbishing

Leadership Team

Co-Chair: John Sznewajs

Co-Chair: Laura Karmanos

Capital Campaign Cabinet/Phase II
David Allen | Buck Baker | Heather Carmona | David Feldman
Alana Glass ‘97 | Shannon Martin | Clay Thomas

Campaign Staff
Denita Banks-Sims | Emily Wine | Bonnie Schemm
Julie Gillikin | David Fluent | Brian Wilmers

POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS

MALONE SCHOOL ONLINE NETWORK (MSON) is a consortium of schools that have received funding from the Malone Family Foundation in recognition of their success educating gifted and talented students. Roeper was among the first Malone partner schools and received a $2 million grant to establish an endowment in support of tuition assistance
— The Malone Scholars Program.

THE DIGITAL CLASSROOM: A key component of participation in MSON is room-to- room connectivity that allows instructors, trained at Stanford University, to interact with students in real-time via high-definition video-conferencing. This environment allows the real-time seminar component of the courses. The configuration devotes one screen to video of the participants and a second, expansive screen to the shared workspace for the classroom.

THE E.E. FORD FOUNDATION MATCH: In June 2015, the Edward E. Ford Foundation awarded a $50,000 matching grant to Roeper and it was successfully matched in June 2016.

The $4 million Designing for the Difference capital campaign contributions will be directed toward:

PHASE I
NEW commons area
NEW state-of-the-art library
NEW social collaboration area
NEW academic collaboration area
NEW digital classroom
NEW small group breakout rooms
RENOVATED student publications center
RENOVATED offices (including College Counseling)

PHASE II
The $1.2 million Phase II Designing for the Difference capital campaign contributions will be directed toward:

Full-Function Kitchen on the lower/courtyard floor
Quiet Study Court
Conference Room
Head of School Office
Faculty and Staff Lounge
Expanded and Renovated Spaces
Main floor Administrative Suite
Restroom upgrades and refurbishing

We know that a young student’s environment has a powerful impact upon him, upon his ability to maneuver, and upon the breadth of his notion of identity. Consequently, we think, one must see precisely a student’s spatial needs, and expect that architecture can play the role of liberator as it has never done before in education.

George A. Roeper
1969

Our Donors

The Roeper School is pleased to acknowledge the generosity of the donors to the Designing for the Difference Capital Campaign. This listing reflects postings as of January 2018. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the listings. If an error has occurred, please accept our apologies and contact the Development and Publications Office at 248.203.7315 or gifts@roeper.org, so the appropriate changes can be made to our records. Thank you.

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