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Revamped and renovated: A new era for the Intermediate School Commons

Grace Baxendale
The new world map in the center of the Intermediate School commons.

For as long as most students can remember, the Intermediate School walls have been decorated by a serene mural of an ocean cafe, with beautiful green plants and nostalgic childhood toys scattered around the setting. The mural, painted by Mrs. DeZiel and her former students, covered the entire wall from one end of the IS Commons to the other.

The Saint Stephen’s crest now in place of the mural. (G)

Last school year, the Intermediate School Director, Mr. Hasbrouck made the difficult decision to bring a complete renovation to those hallowed halls. In May, the painting was covered with fresh coats of white paint in preparation for the renovation that took place during summer.

This year, intermediate school students were greeted with a new design in the building. The crisp, white walls are now decorated with high definition photos of students. In the middle of the wall, the Saint Stephen’s crest serves as the focal point of the common’s walls.

Additionally, a large, wooden, world map was added to one of the walls of the commons. Many tables to seat the students were placed in the building as well. 

The intermediate school students are more than happy with the changes made to the building. 

Sixth grader Celia Clayton is in full support of the renovations to the commons. “I love the changes,” Clayton said, “it’s a lot better than it used to look.”

Clayton added that the new layout is now much more convenient for students. “When we sit down for Falcon Family Friday sometimes we can sit at the tables instead of on the floor.” 

Clayton then added, “When we come out here to work we have tables now.”

Pictures of the Intermediate School students around the SSES crest. (G)

Overall, Clayton is satisfied with the revamped commons. “It’s definitely a lot different, but in a good way.”

Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Sinphay, who’s had seven years to admire the previous setting, said she agrees the renovations were the right move.

Sinphay shared the world map’s significance to her students’ learning, describing it as an important step forward for the school’s global inclusion. She also added it helped her students make connections during global read-alouds.  

“The mural definitely had its importance in our school,” Sinphay said, “but sometimes change is good, and all good things must come to an end.”

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Grace Baxendale
Grace Baxendale, Staff Writer, Staff Artist
Grace Baxendale is a Sophomore and a first year staff writer on The Gauntlet. She enjoys art, gaming, and listening to music in her free time. She’s watched almost every horror movie released, although she also likes thrillers and drama. She also has two cats that mean the world to her. Her favorite artists are Radiohead, Wave to Earth, Deftones, and Slowdive. 


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