Parent/Guardian Input Regarding September Class Placements
Much of the planning for a new school year is underway! We will be discussing organizational structures, special education delivery models, teaching assignments and timetabling very soon.
One of the most important tasks that usually begins in late May is the placement of students into new classes for September. Homeroom teachers in consultation with receiving teachers, appropriate support staff and school administration devote much discussion time to the generation of classes that strive to best meet the needs of all of our students. Class placement is a complex process that takes many hours of thought and discussion. Decisions are made following careful consideration of a number of criteria: balance of student abilities, interests and talents, gender balance, class size (consistent with Board and Ministry guidelines), learning style, learning partners and social factors.
While friendship issues can play a role in the comfort level of some students, at particular developmental stages, many friends learn best in separate classes.
Often parents have new and/or important information to share about their child which lends assistance to class placement decisions. Recent medical diagnoses, significant negative peer relationships that exist outside the school’s awareness or significant individual/family issues that may impact learning, are items of information which are appreciated prior to the placement process.
Parent input that is received via the Class Placement Input FORM by Friday, MAY 12th, 2017 will be considered (and shared) during placement meetings. Please note that we do not accept specific teacher requests. Input after May 12th may not be considered due to the complexity of the task. Please be advised that while such input is valued, it cannot drive class placement decisions since school-wide limitations and a variety of other factors will, at times, take precedence. Final decisions regarding student placements remain the responsibility of the Principal and the school staff. Ministry mandates on class size will impact class placements into September. As a result, we will regretfully be unable to share class placement information with families until just prior to the beginning of the new school year. Thank you for partnering with us in this very important task.
Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Wand