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Classes build athletic storage under bleachers
Ema Lovric
Group Effort: Geometry in construction students work together on their tiny home, which is aiming to be finished at the end of the 2024/2025 school year. The Geometry class places a strong emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, Frydman said.

Since the creation of the Geometry in Construction class seven years ago, students have been renovating extra space under the bleachers, Brian Schmalzer, Geometry in Construction Teacher, said. This year, students finished the construction, resulting in an Athletic storage space, he said.

Geometry in Construction students meet in class every day, alternating geometry class and construction days, Schmalzer said. During their construction days, students apply the geometry skills they learn in class, he added. The storage space was a result of math and construction knowledge, he said.

“[The students] are building by taking measurements, marking out studs, [and] cutting the boards,” Schmalzer said. “They are piecing this together as any builder would, using math and translating it [into construction].

The Athletic Department is talking to Dan Leipert, Geometry in Construction Teacher, about giving the finished storage to South’s Poms. Junior Pom Olivia Haravon is in favor of using the storage as a new locker room. Because of dim lighting in her current changing space, there were difficulties when changing, she said.

“Sometimes we are changing in the dark,” Haravon said. “Our clothes were also getting mixed up because we have to share the locker space. [With] a new locker room, it will help our team be more organized.”

Furthermore, the lack of privacy in her current changing space is a problem for Haravon.

“We don’t have a door, so I don’t always feel safe,” Haravon said. “It would be nice to have our own personal space where we can get ready without the interference of other people.”

Currently, Geometry in Construction students are working on a tiny home, Leipert said. They started work on it during the 2021-2022 school year, and their plan is to finish it at the end of the 2024-2025 school year, he added.

“The [tiny home] trailer was specifically designed for the entire house to be permanently attached,” Leipert said. “We started [with building] walls for it and then premade the roof. Finally, we put [everything] together and weather proofed it.”

Students are currently working on both the interior and exterior of the home, sophomore Leah Frydman, Geometry in Construction student, said.

“We are working on finishing the trim of the tiny house,” Frydman said. “Some [students] are also working on the ventilation and making a storage area.”

Leipert used the storage room as a project to introduce students to construction basics before starting on their main project, the tiny home.

“The students [needed] to [learn] some basic construction methods and that storage project was perfect for that,” Leipert said.

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