When the first phase of the new Francis Howell middle school opens Aug. 22 in the Cottleville area, the school's emphasis toward teamwork should be obvious.
The layout of what will be Louis C. Saeger Middle School, said Principal-designate Ed Morris, promotes team teaching. Three-teacher teams at the school, with each teacher having about 25 students, will allow teachers to better track the students through core subjects such as math, science, social studies and English. Under the setup, he said, teachers will be able to monitor student progress and give extra help, encouragement or praise, as needed.
A flexible layout for the building was drawn up by a team of teachers, administrators, architects and construction workers. The team learned from past building projects in the rapidly expanding district. The school district is the largest in the county.
"We have the ability to change space, so we have areas throughout where we can open the rooms for joint teaching, for integrating curriculum, for multiple-type projects," Morris said.
The first phase of the school on Highway N will have 23 classrooms and a multipurpose room that will serve as a cafeteria and gym. Most of the building will have two stories, except for the one-story administration area.
Several classrooms on the second floor will have folding …