Go inside as the new Middle School preps

Go inside as the new Middle School preps for school year
Posted on 07/17/2018

As teachers start unpacking boxes and furniture makes its way into the new Lynden Middle School on Line Road, the excitement for the upcoming school year in a brand-new 115,000-square-foot space grows.

“It has been exciting to see teachers come in and unpack things,” says Molly Mitchell-Mumma, LMS principal. “That is what this space is all about, student learning and teachers making it their space.”

Substantial completion on the new school has wrapped up, although work crews remain on site finishing detail items, working through final testing of systems and other minor tasks. Most of those requirements will wrap in time for teachers to officially take over the building on Aug. 27, ahead of the Aug. 30 start of school for students. “When the school opens, there will be some minor details,” says Jim Frey, superintendent, “but nothing that will get in the way of the students.” 

So just what will sixth through eighth grade students at Lynden Middle School see when they walk through the new middle school doors? Plenty.

The two-story building has instructional space significantly larger than the old middle school site. With classrooms stacked on two floors on the wing to the north, instructional space comes bigger and brighter than before. Natural lighting pours into the building, filling the hallways that are wider and higher than previously. Each classroom comes equipped with amplification and a smart screen. Breakout spaces in the hallways allow for individual and group work, some with views to the outside.

Across the site, the community can enjoy the improved security. With a single point of entry, requiring permissions, fencing, gates and improved lines of sight for staff, the middle school has a modern design that allows staff to control the site. A dedicated bus loop on the back side of the building keeps bus traffic separate from vehicle drop-off and pick-up traffic, another key in reducing accidents and injuries. 

The main entry leads to office space—the library sits above it on the second floor looking over the commons area—and the large commons sits behind the office. Able to transition from cafeteria to performance area, the commons feature a stage and retractable seating for between 300 and 400. The commons also open to a secure courtyard outside, complete with a small amphitheater and picnic areas.

Beyond the commons, students can find dedicated spaces for art, band, music, woodshop and athletics. The physical education classes and after-school sports will have a main two-court gymnasium and a smaller auxiliary gym for classes, wrestling or small groups.

Outside, the middle school will feature eight new tennis courts, play areas for P.E., soccer, football, baseball and softball across the 20-acre site. Frey says there shouldn’t be a need to bus students away from LMS for any of the school’s home sports events. Plus, the high school tennis teams—one of the athletic programs with the highest number of participants in the district—will finally have an on-campus home while doubling the number of courts the teams used at the Lynden YMCA.

As Mitchell-Mumma looks toward the start of school, she says staff will continue to finish up the space and furnishings while working on common expectations for students. “It is brand new and with that comes learning new systems,” she says. “We want to make the transition as smooth as possible. We will experience this first year all together.”