Class Placement Process for 2017-18http://southpark.dps109.org/wp-content/themes/osmosis/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg 150 150 dsherman dsherman http://2.gravatar.com/avatar/80adbf7aa37fc5f4b41ea66e1c7859d3?s=96&d=mm&r=g
We will start building classes for the 2017-18 school year in a few weeks. This is a complicated process that our staff members work on for a couple of months. We look at the students’ needs as well as the needs of each grade level as we put the classes together. We want to emphasize that our goal is to create academically and behaviorally balanced classrooms. That means we often need to cluster students together based on certain academic needs, and we need to separate certain students who do not work well together.
Each year, we receive many parent requests to keep friends together in the same classroom. As wonderful as it may sound, keeping friends together is not always beneficial. We believe that students need to learn to branch out and make new friends, and this skill is hindered when there are groups of friends in the same classroom. This also leads to the development of social cliques which causes exclusion and can potentially lead to bullying. In addition, we have found that children become more distracted when close friends are placed together. Students are in class to learn. They have lunch and recess time (55 minutes daily) to socialize. Thus, the criteria used for building balanced classes will take precedence over friendship requests. To address student comfort level in classrooms, all of our classroom teachers will work hard in the fall to help the children successfully acclimate to their new learning environments.
Occasionally, parent input is helpful to the class building process. If you are interested in submitting information to me regarding your child, please complete the form that is linked here: Goals/Concerns Form 2017-18