Class Placement for the 2011-2012 School Year

May 25, 2011

Dear Peirce Families,

Although the budget is still not finalized and therefore staffing is not definite for next year, I do want to share with you the process for class placement at Peirce.  In June, teachers will meet in grade level teams to plan the make up of next year’s classes.  Class groupings are formed after careful consideration of each child’s needs as well as the variables that make a successful learning environment for all students.  Our goal is to develop heterogeneous classes with an even distribution of boys and girls, academic abilities and needs, diversity of backgrounds and learning styles such as introvert or extrovert, and groups in which each student has at least one friend. 

While we invite parent input in this process, we have found that attempts to satisfy requests for a specific teacher or a particular friend may seriously interfere with what must be our primary goal of establishing balanced classes.  Therefore, we ask that your input be limited to special concerns or important, pertinent information about your child.

We thank you for trusting the collective expertise and judgment of school staff to make the best placement decision for your child.  If you wish to have input, please address your letters to me in writing, hard copy rather than e-mail, no later than Friday, June 3rd.  Class lists will be mailed home in July.

 

Another annual reminder to parents, please let us know as soon as possible if you are anticipating a move and may not be returning to Peirce next year as this information will assist us with staffing decisions.

As always, if you have any questions, please call or e-mail me at khartley@arlington.k12.ma.us.  Thank you for being partners in your child’s education.

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