Hays CISD’s newest campus utilizing innovative strategies | Community Impact Newspaper

McCormick Middle School Principal Thad Gittens weaved among circular tables in a crowded lunchroom, high-fiving sixth-graders during the first day of class. He said this first day of school is the smoothest he has seen in his career.

McCormick is a new Hays CISD middle school that opened Aug. 22. District leaders hope new ideas implemented at McCormick, including unconventional instruction methods and building design, will lead to improved outcomes for the school’s students. If the McCormick experiment proves successful, some of the practices could expand to the district’s other campuses. “[Traditionally], we think that the teacher is supposed to be that primary source and be the dispenser of knowledge and information,” Gittens said. “Those days are over.”

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