Opening day nears; Northwest set to open Adams Middle School

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
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Ready to Begin

READY TO BEGIN – Leo Adams Middle School will open Monday. The school is named after the late Justin mayor and a founding school board member. His daughter, Jeannine Eaton, and family visited the campus this week. Submitted photo

Walking the pristine hallways of Adams Middle School, staff members at every stop shared the same adjectives as they prepared for Monday’s first day.

“It’s beautiful; state-of-the-art,” said seventh-grade Texas history teacher Mary Wilson.

In the extracurricular wing, band director Alycia Bingaman offered similar praise: “It’s beautiful. There’s plenty of space for us to work with separate groups.”

But as excited as the 100 staff members of the school are to share it, the reactions of students touring the building this past week have fully captured the anticipation surrounding the opening of the middle school on U.S. 81/287 on Eagle Boulevard in Haslet.

“It’s been great seeing their faces in the cub meetings. Their faces are like the way adults look at cars,” Wilson said.

The campus, named after late Justin Mayor Leo Adams, will open for its first day of classes Monday. Adams was a founding member on the Northwest ISD school board in 1949 and the owner of Justin Lumber Co. His daughter Jeannine Adams Eaton is married to Roy Eaton, the Messenger owner and publisher and son of V.R. Eaton, the namesake of the neighboring high school.

Principal Cynthia Webber expects to welcome 1,171 sixth, seventh and eighth graders to the halls of the new campus, which will be fed by Schluter, Nance, Peterson and Curtis elementaries.

In the past several months, Webber has made her rounds through the hallways of the district’s sixth and largest middle school. The school has 200,000 square feet.

“It takes 3 minutes and 36 seconds to get from one corner to the other,” Webber said. “It’s 50,000 square feet bigger than Wilson.”

The middle school is modeled after Eaton High School that is located next door. Wilson, who has a window facing Eaton, said she will point to the school and tell her students she is preparing them for the next step.

A feature shared by Adams and Eaton will be the collaborative spaces outside classrooms in the main hall. The areas have chairs, tables and mounted television screens.

“Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom,” Webber said. “Once the teacher sets the stage, [students] will be free to work with others. It’ll give students a chance to work on their collaborative skills.”

The main educational building has two stories throughout and includes flexible STEM classrooms, a family consumer science classroom with six kitchens, special education classrooms and a spacious library.

In the extracurricular wing is the band hall, three gyms and the cafetorium. A courtyard is between the extracurricular wing and the main building.

On the first day, Webber said 20 adult volunteers will be on hand to direct students.

A dedication of the new school is scheduled for Nov. 6.

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