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Santa Fe Trail to Join Gemini School Redesign

Santa Fe Trail to Join Gemini School Redesign

  In August the Overbrook Attendance Center and Santa Fe Trail High School applied to the Kansas
Department of Education to become part of a school redesign program. Twenty nine school districts
applied for a program called the Mercury Redesign Project. The state allowed for 7 districts to become
part of the project. The Santa Fe Trail schools along with many other applicants were not chosen.

  The districts that were not selected were invited to participate in an alternate project called Gemini. This
additional program will allow interested districts to collaborate on redesigning their schools. The
difference between the Mercury and Gemini Projects is that the state will not provide personal or
financial support for Gemini participants. Twenty one school districts, including Santa Fe Trail, have
committed to the Gemini Project and look forward to collaborating.

  The following areas will be the focus of the redesign project: social-emotional learning, student centered
schools, and building relationships with families, businesses, industries, and community members.

  In addition to these areas of focus, elementary schools will focus on kindergarten readiness and
enhancing their art and music education. The high school will enhance their individual plans of study and
develop an intense focus on graduation and post-secondary success.

  The Santa Fe Trail schools are prepared for the challenge of redesigning our buildings in these target
areas. We are working to develop a plan using best practices and collaborating closely with other
Kansas schools. Our redesign focus is to secure a plan that is best for Santa Fe Trail students. As more
information is available on this endeavor, the school district will continue to update and communicate
with all stakeholders in our community.

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