Important Input Requested: Class Placement and Culture of St. Joe’s

It’s time to begin the process for class placement for the 2016-17 school year.  All of our teachers are wonderful, and through our weekly collaboration, we are working to make our classes even better.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”

Classrooms are dynamic learning spaces made up of many different gifts and learning needs.  As we look toward next school year, creating the best environment in each classroom is one of our goals.  To achieve a balance in learning styles, learning needs, and social needs, we are going to follow the process below for placement:

Before spring break, parents will receive a green paper survey regarding their student’s needs.  The survey must be returned to the school by April 1, 2016.

In May, a team that knows all students in the building (principal, counselor, special teacher) will meet, and with, parent and teacher input, place students into classes.  The goal of the process is to create a balance in each classroom that will help ensure the success of all students.

We plan to have lists available by the last day of school.  This process takes input from multiple sources into account because students behave differently in different situations.  If you have questions or concerns about the process, please contact Sarah Quilici.

Parent Input

At the beginning of April (after spring break), we will be sending out an electronic survey to all parents.  Please take the time to complete the survey and let us know we are doing as a school and where we can improve.  Staff, students, and other stakeholders will also be completing a survey at the beginning of April.

This survey is very similar to the survey we used last fall during our accreditation self-study.  We want longitudinal data to better understand the climate at St. Joe’s and where we can grow.  Please watch for the survey and take the time to complete it.  We will use your input to continue to grow and improve.