September 26, 2018
Active construction to complete the barn and surrounding barn area will begin in the next few days. You will see a number of dump trucks, concrete mixers, and potentially a concrete pump on campus over the next two weeks (weather permitting) to complete the flooring in the barn and the sidewalk/porch area in front of the barn. Also sometime over the next two weeks, Cobb EMC will be running power from the transformer behind the caboose to a new small transformer that will be located on the small hill in front of the barn. This will be accomplished by digging a trench, installing conduit and backfilling as they go. The remainder of the work will mainly be contained to the interior of the barn including finishing out the rooms in the barn (hay, feed, tack), preparing the stalls with a flooring base, stall mats, feed bowls, etc., installing electrical wiring, fans and lights, and running water to a hand wash sink behind the barn. We anticipate work to be completed within 6-8 weeks. At this point, all animal care classes and pony rides will continue as scheduled during construction.
We shared our schedule of carpool, pony rides, meadow time, etc. with the contractor in an effort to avoid (as much as possible) large trucks or deliveries during those times. As always, the safety of the children is paramount while we finish up Phase I of the construction project.
August 13, 2018
As we gear up for back to school – we wanted to prepare you for new features on campus as you drive up the hill to explore the campus for the new school year.
- The BARN arrived this summer and the animals are all in their new locations. We are still in the final phases of completion for the barn before we can send the students into it, however, Animal Care and Pony Rides will start as scheduled for the beginning of the school year.
- The construction fences are down and we have a FULL LOWER MEADOW open for play. We have graded and replanted some areas around the meadow – you may see some of the temporary markers where we are allowing grass to grow.
- On that note, over 260 trees and shrubs have been planted on campus, with more to come! We have a committee that will be renewing the project with children and our community to continue education and replanting for growth on campus.
- The BASKETBALL COURT is ready for action!
- Also, our Super Senior CASTLES (outdoor meeting rooms) were complete and enjoyed all summer by about 150+ rising 3rd/4th-grade campers and counselors. We hope to utilize these as Animal Care and learning classrooms throughout the school year as needed.
- The new carpool maps were posted. We have MORE PARKING now that we’ve opened the new parking area behind the community center with the turnaround and new gates to keep our meadow closed unless needed for parking during events.
- The UPDATED detention pond has been re-fenced per city regulations, and sits behind the new parking area behind the community center and helps with the water runoff from our meadow and parking area on that end of campus.
- The High Meadows Board and Staff will continue to inform you of upcoming projects on campus as we complete this phase of construction. While we have removed the construction trailer, we will still have construction equipment on campus at times to complete the barn, landscaping, punch list items, and other items the City of Roswell may want us to address.
June 29, 2018
We are excited to share that campus construction is coming along very nicely, with a couple projects completed. The rainy weather set us back from our original schedule a bit, but we continue to see progress and HM Camp has started using some of the new areas.
- The parking lot expansion by the Community Center is complete, giving us much needed spaces to accommodate Camp staff (now) and visitor vehicles.
- The basketball court will be ready for play next week as the last section of fencing gets installed.
- Camp’s new Super Senior village has been in use all summer and offers an attractive and practical space for Unit gathering plus an extra castle for our Traditions classes.
- The barn, paddock, and farm animal shelters are just about complete and we are looking forward to our animals coming home soon.
- More than 200 trees have been planted so far and new grass seed is growing well in areas impacted by construction (one of the benefits of all the rain we had).
Enjoy the pictures!
May 21, 2018
Thank you to those who were able to attend our two previous HMS community forums regarding the construction project. These discussions are helpful and insightful as we continue our path forward. Here are links to the notes from the meetings held April 9 and April 30. These are structured by topic for ease of reading by theme.
Click here to read notes from April 9.
May 14, 2018
We are excited that the work on our new animal care facility and parking area will be completed in short order, to the benefit of our children, animals, and animal caretakers. We’d like to take some time to provide you with additional information about what you can expect to see once the work is complete. Additionally, we are sharing details about construction, engineering, and the reasons behind the decisions we are making as the project moves forward.
Please read the letter by clicking here.
May 7, 2018
Dear Members of the High Meadows Community,
As leaders of school and camp, we are charged with being the stewards of a place that is like no other. Our stewardship is about preserving the heart and soul of High Meadows as much as it is about sustaining and growing it toward a brilliant future. In executing those responsibilities, we make tough decisions, always in the spirit of love for the school. We act with the belief in the powerful impact that High Meadows has made on the children of our past and those on campus today, and will make on the children of tomorrow.
That is why, after careful consideration, we have decided to slow the schedule for the next phases of construction. We will be completing the current phase, which consists of:
– the pony barn and surrounding paddock and small animal areas;
– additional parking adjacent to the community center;
– the basketball court located in the former riding ring space;
– the expanded detention pond near the community center; and
– maintenance of the existing detention pond at the back corner of the early years building.
More detail on each of these will follow soon on the web page. Please click here to read the entire letter.
April 16, 2018
Here are the latest drawings of the new pony barn. Little Moon, Sir Bentley, Koda, and Bella Luna will be excited to move in once it’s completed this summer! The representation of the enclosure (outdoor space) is not exact but this gives us a general idea of what to expect for the building.
April 13, 2018
Active construction will begin on Monday morning in the detention pond area on the south side of campus. Attached is an overhead view with markers to show both the current and after grading circumference of the detention pond. Please see below for construction steps anticipated over the next 2-3 weeks:
South Side Detention Pond
The following is a description of size changes from the civil engineer – The existing pond has roughly 3.5:1 slope with an existing volume capacity of 16,853 cubic feet. The new pond will have 3:1 slope with a new volume capacity of 57,715 cubic feet. The extra volume was needed for the improvements throughout the site. The extra volume is achieved by expanding the pond bottom approximately 80 feet +/- to the west and 50 feet +/- to the north. The existing dam will (for the most part) remain in the same location. If the weather cooperates, this should be completed by the end of next week or sooner.
Student info: Most of this work will be grading and digging and probably not hugely visible for students. However, the math involved in the size increase might be an interesting way to get students involved in why the design is what it is, and even predicting the end result.
Storm Water Lines
- Continuing the work done over spring break, they will connect the new pipe run under the parking lot (see attached photo) to the detention pond by digging a trench, installing new stormwater pipe and backfilling the trench between the community center parking lot/road and the detention pond. (Early next week)
- Once the pond grading is complete, they will move north into the meadow. Digging a trench, installing new stormwater pipe and backfilling the trench across the lower meadow. The disturbed ground will be seeded and covered with straw. This could be started as early as next Thursday.
Student Info: Students will see the pipe going in through the meadow. Fair warning and explanation would be helpful, especially noting that the meadow will be reseeded and repaired after the work is complete.
Gravel Turnaround for Carpool
Will start once #1 and #2 above are complete.
- Next, they will install an 80’ X 70’ gravel pad to be used as a temporary turnaround for carpool at the top of the lower meadow near the existing drive.
- They will also be widening the existing drive coming from the back parking lot through the existing carpool gate to accommodate 2-way traffic (below photo). This will be accomplished by using fill dirt to level the ground next to the existing road and installing gravel on top.
Student Info: A thorough explanation of the logistics of the new carpool process will be necessary for all 4th – 8th grade students and families. This information will be shared prior to the carpool changes. Emphasize to students that this gravel pad is temporary – through the life of the construction and that the gravel will be removed and grass replanted to restore the meadow once the project is complete.
The meadow will be open for P.E. and meadow time until they start #2b above (could be as early as next Thursday). This will not affect any of the Earth Day activities in the labyrinth. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
February 12, 2018
On Feb. 6th, we welcomed more than 80 members of the High Meadows community for the semi-annual Board of Trustees Report when we shared news about major strategic initiatives in which the board, administration, and faculty have been engaged. Because the report contained exciting and timely news about the future of High Meadows, we wanted to share the video for those of you who were unable to join us.
A large portion of the report was about our new “Creating the Future” campus campaign, which introduces physical additions and improvements to our campus that will have a profound, transformational impact on our children and our academic and camp programs, both immediately and upon the completion of the project in August of 2019.
Read more and view the video here:https://conta.cc/2Ezxd1M
February 1, 2018
- A beautiful Pony Barn, which will include proper stalls, storage, and an enclosed educational space;
- New pens for our sheep and goats and hutches for our chickens and bunnies;
- A riding ring and fenced outdoor space for roaming.