Weekly Message: 4/27/2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Each spring we begin the process of building class lists for the following school year. At Marvista Elementary, we believe that this important process needs to be done using a specific protocol that allows us to balance classes according to a set of criteria that creates the optimal teaching and learning environment for every child in our community.

Each classroom is a small community. We support the philosophy that classrooms need to be representative of the various social, academic, and physical needs of students. Our commitment to our students and staff related to student placement are:

  • Classes will be balanced by academic abilities and achievement
  • Class size will be balanced according to other considerations such as social/emotional development, leadership skills, work habits and behaviors.
  • Classes will be balanced by gender across a grade level.
  • Class size will be balanced across grade levels.

Staff members have been asked to refrain from discussions with parents regarding placement with a specific teacher for significant reasons. First, it is possible that a specific teacher will not be teaching at the grade level expected. Staffing is determined by enrollment levels across the entire district, which may mean that we gain or lose a teacher anytime up to the start of the school year. Second, experience has taught us that a parent’s input is most valuable when it focuses on the unique needs of a child rather than a parent’s perception of a particular teacher. Your understanding and cooperation will be appreciated.

An optional Student Placement Input Form is available for parents who wish to provide additional information to be considered by the Placement Team. These forms are sent via Peach jar Flyers and they are in the office. You can also email Roberta Jaffe to send an electronic copy. They must be returned directly to the office by May 25th, 2018.

Please be assured that our primary objective in this process is forming classes that are equitable and that meet the educational needs of all of our students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the placement process for the next school year!

Sincerely,
Melissa Pointer
Principal