Fort Campbell | November 8, 2018
Fort Campbell High School’s Kesha Ladd uses a small group learning center for her anthropology class. Small group learning centers are located in each learning hub and provide teachers a space to teach small numbers of students in a technologically supported environment. Fort Campbell will celebrate the opening of its new high school with a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at the facility’s front entrance at 912 Carentan Road.
Brigadier General K. Todd Royar, acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, will provide remarks on behalf of the installation.
Also providing remarks are Judith Minor, Department of Defense Education Activity’s associate director for performance and accountability, and director of student excellence for DoDEA Americas; Christy Huddleston, the DoDEA Americas Southeast District superintendent; and Kimberly Butts, Fort Campbell High School principal.
The event will feature two AH-64 Apache helicopters flying over the building while the 101st Airborne Division Band plays. The Fort Campbell High School band and choir also will entertain guests.
“We are excited to share this important event with our students and our Fort Campbell community,” said Stacy Daniels, school counselor for FCHS. “The opening of a new school lends itself to many new beginnings and new goals for achievement.”
All parents of FCHS students were invited to attend the event in addition to alumni groups.
The 184,000-square-foot, $59 million, 21st century-school opened for its first school year in August.
“Fort Campbell High School provides an environment that supports the deployment-ready structure facing Families of the 101st,” Butts said. “We strive to maintain a Family-like atmosphere that provides consistency and compassion for our students and their transitional Family lifestyle.”
“The school is a leadership in energy and environmental design silver-certified facility with sustainable design strategies and enhancements for energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems,” Jade Fulce, DoDEA Americas Public Affairs Officer, reported in a released statement.
The school is considered to be a model for DoDEA future facilities and can accommodate 800 students. It is organized into eight neighborhoods, or hubs, each representing a different subject.
“The vibrant colors in each hub give our building character and incredible beauty,” said Kayla Clayton, FCHS sophomore. “Our access to computers and a variety of different learning spaces make our new school unique, similar to the setting of a college campus.”
Each neighborhood consists of six to seven learning studios, a group learning room, a one-on-one teaching room, a staff collaboration space and a hub to connect them all.
“Students at FCHS are embraced with the whole-child concept daily,” Butts said. “Academic needs are met, as well as social and emotional needs. The uniqueness of our population allows us to provide multiple supports for all of our military-connected students and their Families.”
While teachers are pleased with the new facility, they also understand students’ needs to be able to survive outside the gates as well.
“Many of our teachers are connected with the resources of our surrounding communities,” said Kesha Ladd, FCHS teacher. “We have the ability to assist students in facilitating job connections, providing help to obtain resources for Family needs, and networking with agencies in the surrounding area to host guest speakers. In my experience, our surrounding communities are always ready and willing to support our troops and their Families.”
Daniels is excited that the opening of the new building signals growth in Fort Campbell education.
“FCHS will continue to move forward, always supporting our students and our Families,” Daniels said.