9/17 Friday Update from Ms. Hanson

This special report, provided each Friday through September, will provide up to date information from Ms. Hanson around school enrollment, staff changes and adjustments in programs.  As we have transitioned to a reference area school, our school has faced a surge in enrollment that has surpassed district projections by approximately 37 students.    This update is provided as a way of informing the John Hay community of how the transition is impacting our students, teachers, programs and services.

Enrollment:

As of this report, our enrollment is 490 students.  Our second grade classes are overloaded at 30, 30 and 29.  Our fifth grade classes are overloaded at 33 and 35.

Plan of Response:

Second Grade:  This week, I met several times with affected staff to discuss reasonable and prudent responses to the second grade overload with targeted and strategic action to take place next week.  Families affected by the overloaded classes in second grade will receive a letter from Ms. Hanson early next week with information and details surrounding my plan of action to respond to this overload.

Fifth Grade:  While we continue to wait for decisions to be made around additional funding, we are continuing to support our 5th grade classes with increased adult support, and smaller size practice groups as needed.  Discussions are ongoing regarding responses to this overload with a solution anticipated the first week of October.  This delay is due to the need for news around additional resources that may come from the district following the results of the October 1 state-wide count.

In the meantime, Ms. Kaiser and Ms. Powers are doing an amazing job of providing excellent teaching given the challenge of the high class size.  Tutor support will remain in place and Ms.  Wood will begin providing Pathways support to the classes next week as well as additional math Co-Teaching support in 5th grade.

Next Friday’s update will include a full report on the action plan to be implemented in support of our second grade students.

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