Eagle Heights Elementary Chosen as a School of "Outstanding Design - Common Area"
The August 2019 issue of American School and University, a national publication, chose Eagle Heights Elementary as a school of "Outstanding Design - Common Area."
”Eagle Heights fosters the Smithville School District's pedagogy of collaborative learning, team teaching, project-based learning, meaningful flexibility and future adaptability. The media center, makers lab, creative commons cafeteria and collaboration nooks are close to one another and create the core of the building. Folding glass walls, garage doors and abundant windows support educational synergy, flexibility and observation. The cafeteria is adjacent to the media center, separated by two overhead garage doors. This design enables educators to determine the level of interaction. They can achieve a high Sound Transmission Class rating by closing the doors during busy lunch hours, the cafeteria can be integrated into the media center throughout the rest of the day. The maker lab and creative commons are across the main corridor from the media center. They become one large space when the foldable glass walls are opened. Collaboration nooks are dispersed throughout the school and can be accessed from the corridor or directly from classrooms via glass overhead doors. Each nook features flexible furniture, writable surfaces, easily accessible technology and abundant light.”