Renovate, Revitalize, Restore
With silent halls anticipating the scurry of students and teachers, the summer months provide a quiet opportunity to focus on the YIS buildings. This summer's renovation focused on optimizing spaces for learning. The most visible change will be in the Library. Led by librarians Katy Vance and Rita Kar, the renovated library has been transformed to a vibrant community space, where more individual students can find their study niche while simultaneously welcoming more classes and more activities in our expanded learning spaces. As Ms. Vance explained, "we didn't want to negate the importance of books, but we wanted to create a balance between digital and print to open up more areas for learning, thus better serving our students' research needs." Highlights include a new space for community reading, a Japanese- learning area, and nooks of study tables for individuals or small groups.
Due to our growing demands in the MYP, we converted the science lab on the 4th floor to a Design classroom, conveniently adjacent to the art room. The new design and technology space on the fourth floor abuts the art room, which has been fitted with a movable partition that gives more freedom to share or divide our learning resources. The science lab was moved downstairs to the third floor, closer to the other science learning spaces. Another exciting renovation that will be noticed in our auditorium with the first production is the new theatrical lighting and sound systems that have been added to our facility. The ETC Element lighting board, with state of the art, industry standard capabilities, will allow YIS students to apply the skills they learn with our new system and software throughout the world of technical lighting. As new drama teacher Kimberly Pichardo said, "It's a safer environment for our students, with minimal heat so that students can hang and focus the lights more easily. The options are also amazing, with five different preset color options, strobe effects, and the flexibility to move the system to other performing spaces around the school." Less illuminating but equally important improvements were made to the Modern Languages Building, the cafeteria, the Pauli Building and the Early Learning Center. Our administrative offices were also reorganized, so pop in on the 2nd floor when you're on campus to find members of our leadership team in their new spaces.