- Wentzville School District
Progress as Promised: North Point Middle School
Sept. 28, 2022
North Point Middle School classes commenced on time and as promised this school year thanks to the support of District taxpayers and funding from Proposition C. The completion of NPMS marks another project delivered on time and under budget by the WSD. All 10 construction projects completed under props E and C have been on time and under budget.
The halls roar with the sound of new Grizzlies enjoying the space and making the most of this 216,962 square foot school — the largest middle school built in the WSD to date. The building features many new details such as the introduction of an American Sign Language class and the inclusion of flexible seating throughout its classrooms. This flexibility in seating gives students the opportunity to increase productivity and adapt to their new learning environment.
Much like the students within, the building itself is ready to adapt and grow, with a possible classroom wing expansion built directly into the floor plan.
Dr. Mantz has been all smiles since taking up her post as building principal. “Without a doubt, it has been a pleasure welcoming staff, students, and parents to our new home,” said Dr. Mantz. “We have decided that North Point Middle School is a place where everyone belongs and students become the best versions of themselves. Everything that we do, day in and day out, is for the betterment of our NPMS community.”
The school is packed full of breathtaking views and wide-open hallways on both the first and second floors. The building utilized the same blueprints from Frontier Middle School, a practice which has saved the WSD $1.3 million since 2005. While these two schools have similar blueprints, they each have their own unique culture.
Don't worry about a child navigating the building; each team has a hallway of its own. The large open common areas have become commonplace for group work or class collaboration. The school also features two gymnasiums and a large health room. The main gymnasium and surrounding areas serve as the storm shelter and will comfortably protect all students and faculty if such a need arises.
The students are seemingly very excited about all the opportunities to join clubs, activities, and eighth grade sports. It's hard to imagine having so many choices to choose from and such a fresh start to make your mark. Perhaps the six-lane, two-hundred-meter gravel track will be a great place to start during P.E. While the school may not have won any races or events, their trophy cases are filled with images of faculty and staff from NPMS. One of the most rewarding things a school can have is an amazing faculty and staff.
The NPMS faculty and staff are working hard to make a difference in these students' lives. The school introduced Den Time on Sept. 6 as a designated time for students to meet with like-minded students. They are being given the opportunity to learn about how to be academically successful while navigating middle school.
“Our goal is for students to meet other students who share the same interests and discover that they are more alike than different,” said Dr. Mantz.
Wentzville School District would like to express its appreciation to the voters who continue to support the WSD and who made North Point Middle School possible. We’d also like to recognize all of the hard work of the District and building leadership; District facilities, maintenance and custodial teams; the Board of Education; Wright Construction Services, Inc.; Hoener Associates, Inc.; and the City of Wentzville.