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Principal’s Message 5/9

Date: May 8, 2011 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Congratulations and Thank You
Hello BA families. Congratulations and thank you! San Carlos’ overwhelming support for Measure A is a wonderful affirmation of your commitment to the well-rounded education of our children. As Dr. Baker noted in his May 1 budget update letter to the community, we are not out of the woods just yet. Nonetheless, we deserve to enjoy this moment of pride in our successful endeavor to mitigate difficult economic challenges.

BA Planning for 2011-12
A few of you have asked about our classroom configurations for next year. In all of California, even here in San Carlos, schools must carefully place children in classrooms so that no additional teachers are required– which would further negatively impact our budget. Next year, to make our numbers work here at BA, we will have one or more split-grade level classrooms at every level.

In my 26 years as a classroom teacher I taught several split-grade level classes. I know by experience they work. Like in any classroom, children make progress and learn. The same skills and abilities that make teachers successful in single-grade level classrooms also make them successful in split-grade level classrooms: they manage curricula and schedules, and develop relationships with children. As in every classroom in the school, children in split-grade level classrooms gain a sense of their unique group identity, calling themselves “Mr. Triska’s class,” or “Room 25.” Children tend to be flexible learners, and have no problem extending their friendships to younger and older children.

Classroom Learning Communities
Every year at this time our whole staff works together to build balanced classrooms of children who will next year develop into functioning learning communities. This year we will consider another variable, as we place as many as 120 of them into split-grade level classrooms. This is complicated work. I ask for your trust and confidence that we will make the best placements possible, for the success of all.

To allow the process to succeed I ask that this year, like last, parents refrain from individual requests for teachers or split vs. single-grade classrooms. If there is something unique about your child’s situation that this year’s classroom teacher should know, please do share that with them at this time.

As always, thank you for your cooperation and support!
John Triska