Principal James Mulcahy has presented the student handbook for Sandwich Middle-High School to the school committee, solidifying the merger of the high school and STEM Academy.
While the two schools have been combined into one, the change is not going to impact student life at the school, officials have said.
Middle school students will still have their own wing in the building, and the two age levels will not have lunch or physical education together. The only times that the two age groups will mix are on athletic teams, in Knights Theatre Company, and in instances where parents have given their child permission to take high school-level classes as a middle school student.
The change is intended to streamline the day-to-day administrative duties that have had to be completed in duplicate due to the schools’ operating as separate entities.
Since the STEM Academy was created, administration has had to create two master schedules, two attendance lists, and two sets of the same email messaging to parents. In addition to the redundancy, it has created issues when staff have been scheduled at both schools, or in those instances when middle school students are taking higher-level classes.
Earlier this year, the paperwork making the change official was submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The change will go into effect for the coming school year.