Pomona Elementary School
Principals Corner April 2017

Dear Parents,

A typical question often asked of me this time of year actually relates to planning for the next school year. Parents seek information about how class lists are developed for their child.  Although informal planning begins sooner, the formal process of developing class lists begins right before school lets out. We choose to wait until then to help maintain a focus on what still needs to be accomplished during the current year. In April, parents will be given the opportunity to provide input into the process. A letter will be sent home for parents to share any information about their child that would help us in determining classroom placement.  Once this information has been received, our school staff will work collaboratively with all of the data we have to develop class lists for next school year. 

As a group we must consider many variables. They include, but are not limited to the following:

MCj02321800000[1]Careful attention and consideration for the education             

          needs and learning style of each child

MCj02321800000[1]Developing an academically heterogenous class

MCj02321800000[1]Factors that relate to programs such as special

          education, speech, and other related services.

MCj02321800000[1]Parental input when necessary and practical

MCj02321800000[1]Peer social factors imperative to facilitating a

          classroom climate conducive to learning

MCj02321800000[1]Medical  concerns

MCj02321800000[1]Unique history with a specific teacher

MCj02321800000[1]Boy/girl ratio

MCj02321800000[1]Diversity

MCj02321800000[1]A subjective sense that the overall makeup of the class

          will be cohesive and form a productive community of     

          learners.

Obviously, all of the factors are not considerations for every child and the weight of any one variable is specific for each student.  Ultimately, as principal, I have the final responsibility to oversee the creation of class lists. Although we would like to honor specific requests for teachers, we feel that all of our teachers are qualified to give your child an excellent education. You can be assured that careful consideration will be given when planning for the educational experiences of each individual child in the context of a larger learning community – their classroom.

Thank you,

Emma-Leigh Larsen, Principal