On behalf of the Mead staff, I want to thank the Mead community for their warm hospitality as we walked through the neighborhoods to welcome our students back. The staff, Mrs. Smith and I truly enjoyed our time yesterday and are excited for the school year to start!
There is always a lot of information to share at this time of the school year. We will be handing out your student’s class schedule this year on August 14, Information Day. During the past several months the Mead staff and I have been working through the scheduling process for all of our 620 Mead Mustangs. This was a time-consuming, complex process that involved content specialists, encore teachers, the psychologist, social workers, and ELL teachers. We truly appreciate the trust you have given us in using our best professional judgment in placing students. Our scheduling process is a team effort that is very complex and completed with great care. When picking up your child’s schedule on Information Day, you will notice there are no longer grade level teams specified. After much consideration, we have decided to group our student by grade level only. In recent years, we have moved away from students eating by team, scheduling students by teacher teams and being sorted for whole school events by teams. Because our building no longer utilizes the teams for organizational and scheduling purposes, we will no longer be dividing students into teams.
We consider many factors and work to place each student in the best schedule possible. During the sectioning process we do use teacher input, but again, remember many staff members and many factors determine the final decision. As we work through the scheduling process, we consider the following factors:
- Math placements
- Language Arts placements
- Elective preferences (please remember we can only guarantee one of the electives selected on the selection sheet)
- Acceleration placements
- Distribution of students with special needs or considerations such as Special Education, Bilingual, Magnet, and Discovery
- Separation or placement of children into the most appropriate social groups
- Proportionate distribution of boys and girls
- Balance of students’ achievement levels
We do not take into consideration student friendships and/or feeder school cohorts when making scheduling decisions. Instead, every consideration is made to best accommodate each student’s needs. With over 620 students in our school, the task of dividing students into balanced groups is challenging.
I understand that your student’s schedule is very important to you and your student. It would be wonderful if every student and parent were able to request/determine their class schedule for the upcoming academic year. Unfortunately, it is impossible to honor over 620 requests. Once you receive your student’s schedule on August 14, if you would like to discuss an appropriate schedule change, please do not hesitate to call or email Mrs. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org ), our assistant principal, or me. Thank you in advance for your support as we strive to create a positive learning environment for all of our students. Again, we thank you for relying on and trusting our professional judgments on this important issue.
I hope to see everyone tomorrow.