Sioux Trail Elementary School Guide for 2018-19
Questions and Answers Regarding Student Classroom Placement
Each spring, plans for the next school year begin to take shape. Classroom assignments for students are one of the important decisions a principal makes. Information from a number of people is used to make the most effective placement. Teachers who know individual students provide much of the information. Parents have insights about learning styles, personality traits, and out-of-school friendships which educators are sometimes unaware of. The purpose of this guide is to clarify the placement process at Sioux Trail, and to inform parents how to make the principal aware of the unique needs of their child.
1. What are the goals of student placement?
It is our goal to have all students in instructional settings that will allow them to learn as much as possible in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Classrooms are heterogeneous in their makeup. This means each class has a wide variety of talents, abilities, and interests. A well-balanced classroom is in everyone’s best interest. It is also our intent to match teacher strengths to student needs and talents.
2. Who is responsible for placing students in classrooms?
The principal is designated by the Board of Education to make the final decision on student placement. The principal is the one who is able to gather information from all available sources in order to make decisions which are appropriate for all students in the school. At Sioux Trail School, student placement is done with the assistance of the staff.
3. May parents help the principal make the appropriate assignment?
Yes, by completing a Classroom Assignment Information Form. Forms are available from the school office and on our website which is www.isd191.org/siouxtrail. Forms returned by May 1, 2018 will be used in the placement process. Forms returned after that date may not be included in the placement process. Information provide by parents will be treated as confidential.
4. What criteria is used for placement?
There are many variables which affect the assignment process. Some of these variables include: input from staff and parents, performance on assessment measures, a child’s work habits, study skills, daily level of performance and peer relationships, gender, and teacher style.
5. May parents choose their child’s teacher?
No, this is not a good idea for several reasons. First, the teacher has no control over the ultimate placement decision. The present teacher is able to give input and make recommendations regarding the placement variable. Secondly, the request puts the teacher in an awkward professional position. Teachers know one another as friends and professionals, but they do not have the opportunity to watch each other teach. Therefore, they are not in good position to know who would be best for a particular student.
6. When are classroom assignment made?
Tentative class lists are developed during the month of May. They remain tentative throughout the summer months. In August, the principal weighs students’ movement both into and out of the school. Balance is maintained between classrooms and the number of students in each class. Classroom assignments will be finalized on, or about the week of August 20th.
Shannon McParland, Principal
Sioux Trail School