MFS has effectively and consistently utilized strategic planning efforts over the years to strengthen the school and map a path forward. The 2004 Strategic Plan, among many things, highlighted the twin pillars of academic rigor and spiritual and ethical growth as central to the educational mission of the school. The 2011 Strategic Plan, the result of a year’s worth of study and development, focused on six main areas, which are noted below. Members of the MFS community are hard at work implementing the goals of the 2011 Strategic Plan.
Strategic Plan Oversight Committee
“A group of faculty, staff, administrators and board members have met regularly from 2011 through 2014 to ensure that the plan stayed on track. At meetings, the clerks of the six implementation committees discussed their progress and seek feedback from the group. In addition the committee gets to see the results of committee action via presentations on initiatives such as the new summer programs, the Quaker Quiz and the new MFS portal myMFS. Barbara Caldwell, former associate head of school served as Clerk for this group.
Each major plan goal plan has a committee dedicated to its implementation. A faculty member and an administrator clerk these committees as follows:
21st Century Skills: Associate Head of School and Academic Dean Chris Kimberly and 3rd grade teacher Ted Quinn
Quaker Dimension: Chester Reagan Chair Priscilla Taylor-Williams and First Grade Teacher Emily Traver
Diversity and Community: Director of Multicultural Affairs Karen Washington and College Guidance Director Meredith Hanamirian
Technology and Communications: Director of Technology Steve Kolaris and Director of Marketing and Communication Mike Schlotterbeck
Innovative and Extracurricular Programs: Director of Innovative and Extracurricular Programming Kathy Cook and Coordinator of the Camden Scholars Program and Math Teacher Dorothy Lopez
Financial Sustainability: Director of Finance and Communications Lisa Carbone Warren and Assistant Athletic Director and Math Teacher Ron Obermeier.
These committees have met regularly since the spring of 2011 and have accomplished much exciting work.
Accomplishments and Ongoing Work
21st Century Skills
- Development and implementation of several measures designed to evaluate our students’ application of these skills. These include the College Work Readiness Assessment in Upper School, the Mission Skills Assessment (MSA) in Middle School and the Columbia Reading and Writing and Habits of Mind programs in Lower School. The MSA is the most recent addition to this list.
- The school’s accreditation process with the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges requires that we develop a planning goal. While the goal will focus on the Quaker dimension, it will tie into important 21st century skills such as collaboration and resilience.
The Quaker Dimension
- Completion of a self-study document for the Friends Council on Education which will be the basis of an evaluation and discussion of the Quaker dimension at MFS.
- Development of a goal focused on the Quaker dimension for the Middle States accreditation process.
- Production of a series of posters that illustrate the work and faith of well-known Quakers. These are now posted around the school.
- Creation of a new committee that will meld the work of the Strategic Plan group and the Religious Life Committee. This group will put particular emphasis on the quality of meeting for worship and the school’s rich diversity of religious belief.
Community and Diversity
- The addition of the Director of Multicultural Affairs to the Administrative Council and the creation of positions for three divisional diversity coordinators.
- Overseeing an all school event Community in Action Day dedicated to diversity and multiculturalism last spring.
- Advocacy for minority hiring and for student diversity initiatives via professional development, participation in the hiring and admissions process and support for student groups and projects.
- Creation of a task force to investigate the role of athletics in the community
Technology and Communication
- The introduction of the MFS portal myMFS
- New marketing initiatives aimed at the early childhood market and increased professional assistance in the marketing office
- Increased technology training for teachers and staff and new courses for students
Innovative and Extra-curricular Programming
- Initiation of an academic summer program for all ages for MFS and non-MFS students.
- Initiation of preparatory courses for students looking to brush up on skills in the late summer.
- Via these initiatives developing a modest revenue stream for MFS
- Evaluating these programs and initiating more school year options
This committee primarily keeps track of the work of other groups such as the school committee and the development office.
- Development of a value proposition model which helps the school evaluate programs in terms of cost and effectiveness.
- Identifying faculty compensation as a key to maintaining an excellent school
- Focusing on building enrollment in the early childhood program.
- Focusing on building endowment in order to provide financial aid and economic stability
- Leasing the property owned by the school at 123 Chester Ave.