While I originally created and the blog post below in the spring of 2013 as a result of several conversations with parents and the questions that arose about class lists, I believe it is every bit as relevant now!
It’s hard to believe that not only is the current school year almost finished, but that we are already well down the path of planning to ensure a successful transition for our students as they move into next school year! I believe it’s appropriate at this time to share with our parent community some information about class placements and to shed some light on this “mysterious” process.
While most of our students are focused on finishing the current school year having a lot of fun and continuing their learning, as adults we are also looking forward to the next school year. It’s that unique time where we have a foot in both worlds!
Many parents are aware that one “operational” factor that goes into the creation of class lists and student placement is an attempt to maintain some sort of balance between male and female students within each class; however, the process is truly much more complex than this quick sorting out of students. If only it were that easy:)
At Woodhaven Middle School, each homeroom teacher sits with their grade level team and discusses every student within the grade. Who better to discuss the needs of our kids than their current classroom teachers?
These teachers discuss many critical elements such as individual learning styles, individual student strengths and areas for growth, social relationships and the emotional wellness of each of our students. We very much understand the value of student friendships and take every step to ensure that all students have some peer support and friends within their classroom. When teachers have taken all of these (and more) factors into account, they then begin to create class lists for the following school year. They work to create classes that will ensure success for all of our students.
When these lists have been created by the classroom teachers I work through these lists with both our Inclusive Education Lead Teacher and Mrs. Kronewitt (our Assistant Principal), who can provide additional information on our students with diverse learning needs. Finally, I work to match the resources that we have available with the needs of our students. Once this process has been completed I then return these lists to the classroom teachers for any additional insights that may be important to consider.
As you can certainly appreciate, the staff of Woodhaven Middle School invest much time and energy to ensure success for all of our students throughout the school year, and transitioning into next year is no exception.
While we will cannot manage parent requests for specific teachers for 2016-2017 , if you feel that your child has a learning need which his/her classroom teacher is not aware of, or which would assist us during this placement process and you have not yet had the opportunity to share this need with your child’s homeroom teacher, please contact me to share this information. We greatly value your unique understanding of your child as a learner in our school community.
Please feel free to email, call, or arrange a time to stop by the school to discuss how we can continue to ensure the success of your child.
Mr. S. Patras