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From the Principal's Desk


March 11, 2019

Dear Parents,

We are beginning the process of determining student placement for the coming school year, during which time parents occasionally request an opportunity to provide useful information about their child’s academic, emotional, and social profile. If you would like to offer input regarding your child as a learner, please submit a letter to me no later than Friday, April 12, 2019. 

Student placement is a lengthy and thoughtful process involving administrators, teachers, and support staff.  There are many factors that are considered, with each individual child’s strengths and needs taken into account.  Once the process begins, the teaching teams spend countless hours meeting and reviewing each and every child’s placement to ensure that an appropriate class assignment is made.  

If you wish to provide input to be considered in your child’s class placement, please adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Requests for a specific teacher will not be considered.
  • Only first-hand, previous experience with a teacher with one or more of your own children constitutes grounds for voicing a concern about a teacher.  Concerns based upon hearsay or other factors will not be considered.  Teachers can and do change grade levels from year to year; I expect to have several changes for the 2019-2020 school year. Requesting a specific teacher who happens to be changing grade levels renders such a request moot.
  • Integrated classroom placements are determined the same as any other classroom.  There will be no specific consideration for a child to be included or excluded from an integrated classroom.
  • Separating students from one another will be considered based on circumstances.
  • Separation requests are not carried through from year to year, so please make another request if there is still a concern.
  • Teachers cannot guarantee a particular placement for any child, so please refrain from making these requests.
  • All input must be submitted in writing and must be received by Friday, April 12, 2019.
  • Requests submitted after April 12, 2019, will not be considered.

Edna Louise Spear Elementary School is fortunate to have a team of outstanding educators whose mission is to provide the best possible learning experience for each child.  We will take the utmost care to see that your child is placed in the most appropriate setting for the upcoming school year.


Thomas Meehan

Saturday, March 23, 2019