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Shabonee Newsletter 4-23-21

STAR Math and Reading

STAR assessments are administered in the fall, winter, and spring. Students will take the spring math test on April 28 and the reading test on April 29 during a portion of the typical math and reading blocks. Fully remote students will take the assessment with their class via Zoom. 

For additional information on the STAR assessment, please consult the District 27 website. Details about the upcoming state ISA (5th grade only) and IAR (grades 3, 4, & 5) assessments will be shared in next week’s newsletter. 

The Class Development Process

The class development process is incredibly elaborate and carefully planned each year to promote a nurturing culture for learning and a positive rapport between the children and the teacher. We have three primary goals when developing class sections:

  1. Ensure that each child’s academic needs are met.
  2. Pair each child with another student or groups of children for social-emotional success.
  3. Consider partner teacher styles.

The class sectioning process involves multiple school personnel who consider numerous factors while maintaining an efficient schedule that meets the needs of all our students. This process takes countless hours and goes through multiple iterations over many months. Some factors in the process include:

  • Maintain the district class size of 17-23 with comparable class size across the grade level
  • Balance the number of boys and girls in a class and across the grade level
  • Ensure the needs of students who receive support are aligned with the schedule of the grade level and support personnel working with them. This includes the following teachers:
    • Special Education teacher
    • Speech and Language teacher
    • English Language Learner (ELL) teacher
    • Reading Support teacher
    • Math Support, Extensions, and Honors Math teachers
    • Extended Learning teacher (ELP)
  • Review peer dynamics (students who work well together)
  • Create groupings of children in both math and reading so that there are comparable abilities in the classroom for collaboration
  • Monitor class size after children leave for replacement curriculum (For example, ELP or Honors Math for fifth grade only)

School principals often receive many parental requests for children to be placed with specific friends. As you can imagine, this becomes an impossible task while trying to place children in an environment that best meets the needs of all children we serve. Given the complexity of scheduling, we cannot accept specific friendship requests or requests for specific teachers. Should your child have needs that we are not already aware of or a known reason to separate children, it is a good idea to send a reminder email message to the principal. While parents sometimes want their child to be with a close friend, it’s not always in either child’s best interest in the classroom environment. Ultimately, we share a common goal to place children in a classroom where each child thrives both academically and socially. We are committed to developing class sections with each child in mind while balancing the complex variables listed above. Through our elaborate and multi-step class development process, we intend to place our students in an environment where each child has a happy and successful school year.

For Parents of Current 5th Graders

At 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 28, Wood Oaks Principal, Dr. McElligott, and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Beake, will be sharing information with the parents of soon-to-be 6th graders on the transition to Wood Oaks. This meeting will be held on Zoom, will consist of a short presentation with a Q & A session at the end, and will last about an hour. The meeting will also be recorded and uploaded to the Wood Oaks website the following day if you cannot attend.  Here is the link to that meeting.  

Student Absences/Remote Learning (Reminder) 

With more students in the classrooms, it is important that our students maintain a consistent learning environment. Students enrolled in full, in-person instruction are expected to attend school in-person on all school days unless they require a remote learning environment for COVID-19 symptoms or quarantine. Students should not be attending school remotely to accommodate for vacations or travel. This fluidity brings disruption to the student, their peers, and our teachers who cannot accommodate such requests. 

Daily Health Screening (Reminder) 

Thank you for your continued assistance in completing the daily health form before your child arrives at school.

Video and information about the process

Daily Health Questionnaire

Headphones Are Needed for School (Reminder) 

Students are expected to have a working set of headphones at school for the variety of learning that takes place. Please check with your child to make sure they have a working set. An inexpensive set for school is all that's needed. Students will need these devices in the coming weeks. 

District Calendar At A Glance  

May 14: Teachers’ Institute - No School

May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 1: Update: This will be a full day of school 

June 2: Last Day of School (Half Day)