Spring is certainly in the air and we have had a sprinkling of summer weather mixed in as well. Teachers have begun the important task of administering the post assessments for Literacy and Numeracy. We can hardly wait to see all the growth that each individual student has experienced this year at RMB.
We are well under way in determining class placements for next year along with staffing. As our process was last year, we will not be sharing classroom placements until the Fall. The reason behind this decision is that things can easily change over the summer months (increased enrollment, staff changes, etc) and we will have a much better picture in August regarding plans for classroom placements. Please understand that one question that comes to the office at the beginning (and end) of each school year is how we determine which class students will be in. The first thing parents need to know is this is a carefully considered process. There are a number of factors that go into this decision including the number of students in each grade, trying to get a balance of gender and abilities, and maintaining some social supports for each student. In the end, the most important consideration is what is in the best academic interest of all of our over 400 students.
The reality for many of our students is they will be in a split-grade classroom at some point during their academic careers, often more than once. Considering the diverse needs and abilities of students, no class is a “straight” grade. Our teachers will use a variety of strategies to best meet the individual needs of their students, which would include flexible groupings within and beyond their regular classrooms. Being in a lower split does not mean that students are lower in their ability, the same way a higher-grade split is not comprised of the highest achieving students. Each classroom needs a heterogeneous balance.
Finally, students cannot be grouped solely based on where their friends are or whether they will have the favourite teacher they have always wanted. We do pay attention to social supports, but working in the same classroom with your best friend(s) is not always the best thing from an academic point of view. While each teacher has their own strengths that may be somewhat different from their colleagues, all have incredible talents to share in a challenging, rewarding, learning environment. I would welcome the opportunity to have my child educated in any one of their classrooms.
On very rare occasions, changes may be made if it is determined to be in the best academic interests of a particular child. The final decision rests with the Principal in consultation with the staff. We appreciate your understanding and support regarding this matter.
Staffing changes will be shared with students and the community once finalized. This typically occurs mid-June.
Please continue to spread the word to other families about signing up for my blog so that they can stay in touch with the latest school news. Our school website and twitter feed (@ruthmbuckschool) will continue to be great sources of information as well.
I hope you are able to join us on June 28th at 9:00 AM for our Final Year End Assembly where we will acknowledge our staff moving on and also celebrate our fabulous school year. It will certainly be a memorable assembly!
Mrs. A. Balkwill