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Strategic Implementation

2018 implementing our plan

Strategic Teams

Improve Retention by Focusing on Admissions Office Internal Marketing 

The easiest way to increase enrollment numbers is to increase retention. Thus, enrollment is a topic that relates to the entire faculty and staff as opposed to being confined to the Admissions office. The following tactics were created to improve internal marketing.

 

Communicate “how we do what we say we do” to our parents and the community.  

Team 1 – Enrollment Management

Larry Nichols

Mike Quinn

Steven Byrd

Julie Harris

Carrie Auwarter

Amy Xia

 

 

Plan and execute celebration for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Host alumni gatherings reunited on various trips that were taken while alumni were students. ​

 

Host speakers that showcase the history of the school. 

 

 

Team 2 – Alumni and Development

Jeff Bonner

Matt Wilson

L.R. Smith

Sandy Truitt

 

 

 

Improve Internal Communication

 

Review Residential Faculty Resource Guidebook, residential orientation, and residential faculty meeting procedures, goals and outcomes. ​

Clarify and communicate duties and responsibilities of Residential Faculty/Staff for both daily procedures and the application of The Character of Home® to relationship-building between Residential Life Faculty and boarding students and their parents. Create a measurement instrument for this outcome.  

Team 3 – School Values 

(Residential Focus)

Larry Foulk

Elyse Jensen

Marget Sikes

Jason Simpson

Jamie Newberg

Lange Wang

Scott Persichetti

 

 

Webb Residential Life page

Improve Internal Communication

 

Clarify and communicate faculty duties and responsibilities regarding the reporting of grades/comments and general class progress, including behavioral matters, to students and parents. Identify the support teachers can expect from the Director of Studies, Dean of Faculty, School Counselor, LIFT Coordinator, and Division Head(s).

 

 

Clarify and communicate Athletics Department Mission and Philosophy and protocols to Faculty/Staff (Coaches, Athletic Trainer), students and parents. Make sure these are consistent with the Mission. Acknowledge time commitment and any accommodations to students. Make sure students, faculty and parents are aware of these policies. 

Team 4 – School Values 

(Broad Focus)

Jena Jones

Laken Puckett

Tabetha Sullens

Kay Young

Scott Dorsett

 

 

 

Strengthen Mission-Focus of Programming and Written Materials

 

Proceed with the development of a residential curriculum centered on our values. ​

Team 5 – School Values 

(Handbooks)

Andrew McRady

Jon Bloom

Adam Feldbruegge

Joe Griggs

Buck Smith

 

Improve External Communication

Evaluate communication mediums for intended effect to enhance the quality of interactions of Faculty/Staff, students, and parents.

Team 6 – School Values 

(External Communication)

Yuwen Qian

Rita Mitchell

Daiva Berzinskas

Jeff Mitchell

Carmen Greenberg

 

 

 

Tips For Effective Teacher Communication

Explore making facility improvements for the current Alumni Center

 

Work with the group studying the Master Plan for the campus. 

Work with Development Committee to decide whether fundraising for the project is feasible for Alumni Center or Performing Arts Center.

 

Understand and Categorize Needs

Put before the Board of Trustees and the appropriate Trustee Committees a list of lower cost and medium cost facility improvements for consideration to be completed in the next 2-5 years with funding on hand through the School’s capital budgets or through targeted short-term fundraising.

Team 7 – Building and Grounds

Molly Barger

Leone Broadhead

Ruth Cordell

Ralph Jones

Janet Linton

Susan Mullen

Joe Iorio

Sue Wood

 


Lower Cost Projects in Priority Order
 
● Natural Areas Set Aside - Identify natural areas to protect and enhance by building trails for easy access; identify requirements to be an arboretum or nature preserve to see if this is feasible.
● Bathrooms – Renovate and bring to ADA and other per capita compliance – Big Room and Administration Building.
● Maker Space Expansion and Enhancement - Look at under-used space, such as  Davis-Woosley Lecture Hall, for larger space
● Technology – Make sure the Director of Technology has money to improve technology infrastructure; review staffing needs to support the goal of remaining ahead of developing technological needs.
● Outdoor Recreational Spaces for Impromptu Activity– Identify areas to plan for outdoor basketball court, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, Gaga Ball/Octoball area, community grill to support outdoor activities serving students who may not participate in organized team sports.
● Pavilion – covered gathering space with picnic tables and fireplace.
● Sidewalks - Front of the Administration Building is a high priority; there are several other problem areas on campus.
● Loading Dock– to facilitate and organize deliveries.
 
Medium Cost Projects in Priority Order
 
● Indoor Athletic Practice Facility – Tasteful metal building for indoor practices, tennis, recreation, and afternoon activities during inclement weather.
● Alumni Center (former Student Center) Improvements – Convert space for office use, large meeting and reception space. Consider a new building with a different use of present building.
● Faculty/Staff Interaction Space – Space to encourage casual faculty/staff interaction, comradery, community building.
● Safety – cameras, communication, phone systems, physical barriers (perhaps staffing) as an element to be considered with each addition and renovation.
● Mock Trial/Debate/Model U.N. /Quiz Bowl/Activity Space – Larger practice/classroom area for academic extracurricular activities that have outgrown a single classroom, also forecasting for future varied academically oriented competitions.
● Second Floor Handicap Access to Chapel – Elevator or exterior ramps to provide handicap access to the Chapel.
● Additional Adjacent Land/Homes- Investigate additional land for future school use and natural areas set aside. Also look at adjacent homes for sale such as the Dennis Webb home (former John Morgan home).
● Buses – Additional new(er) buses to improve the fleet.
● John Webb Library – Renovate; perhaps use for archives (space to honor Luke Boyd and other faculty).

Foster an Independent Curriculum

Consider moving the emphasis away from the Advanced Placement Program in favor of a true Independent School curriculum. This move will end Webb’s reliance on the strict curricular structure and the rigid schedule/timeline imposed by the College Board, as well as help to reduce student/parent stress levels associated with the AP program. Ensure that a student’s GPA is not penalized for following an area of academic interest rather than taking an AP class.  

 

Team 8 – Academics (Curriculum)

Nathan Andes

Neil Barrett

Lea Anne Windham

Jacquelyn Boyanton

Kathleen Camp

AJ Swafford

Hannah Little

Kelly Northrup

Pamela Seals

Moira Smith

Webb's Emerging Voices

Outdoors Program 

Fine Arts

 Improve our Processes 

Examine our use of the online grade book making certain that our use of this vehicle matches our educational philosophy and does not increase student, parent, and faculty stress. 

Team 9 – Academics (Processes)

John Chicken

James Garcia

Effie O’Neil

Ana Maria Rivas

Nicole Taucare

Julie Verdoni

Andrew Stimpson

Raymond Pryor

 

Mission

"Ideal" originally penciled in 1875. 

1870 - 1960's  [found in the 1923 view book] 

There is in the school files a copy of the 1875 catalogue, on the margin of which are penciled in the hand of one of the principals the following words:

"The Ideal-to turn out boys that are tireless workers, and that know how to work effectively; that are accurate scholars; that know the finer points of morals, and practice them in their daily living; that are always courteous gentlemen, but without a single trace of snobbery."

 

1970's - Present 

[revised to be gender neutral and to correct grammar]

"…to turn out young people who are tireless workers and who know how to work effectively; who are accurate scholars, who know the finer points of morals and practice them in their daily living; who are always courteous."

Enduring Understandings

   Integrity is a cornerstone of a flourishing life and community.

   Learning is an enjoyable and ongoing process.

   Respect for self and others is essential to a harmonious society.

   Self-discipline and autonomy are essential to success.

   Each person has unique gifts and capacities and a responsibility to develop them.

   Each person shares the responsibility and honor of serving others.

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