March 30, 2015
Greetings from the Principal
Dear Riverview Families,
As we move into April, our process for class placement for the next school year will begin shortly. Because student-teacher fit and classroom dynamics are an important part of a student's ability to learn and grow, appropriate class placement is very important to staff and parents alike. I want to share with you the process we utilize in order to create each class as a place where all students can become empowered to meet their full potential.
Class lists are created to be optimal learning environments based on several factors. In the late spring, current grade classroom teachers, building learning specialists, the counselor, school improvement specialist, and principal will meet to discuss student needs. In order to create a balanced classroom, we want to have an even mix of boys and girls, a range of learning abilities and interests, compatible student personalities, and be as equal as possible in terms of overall numbers.
Parent input into this process is certainly welcome, because parents are at times able to share information about their child that we might not already know. This might be information about a situation outside of school which might impact your child’s learning or social-emotional well-being. Or, you may wish to share information about your child’s learning style, academic strengths, or social needs. This information assists us in placing each child in the classroom that suits him/her best.
I would like to ask that you please refrain from requesting any specific teacher by name. There are several reasons for this. Staff changes will occur, which can prevent placing your student in a specific room. Accepting requests for specific teachers from the bulk of our parents would make assigning students to classes very difficult, if not impossible. Further, there may be multiple requests from families for children to be in the same classroom, yet this could create a situation that is not conducive to learning for all students in the classroom. We are confident in the skill and the dedication of each of our teachers as they work to meet the needs of each and every student placed in their classrooms. They work as teams in their planning, review of data, and decision making.
If you feel you need to provide input for classroom placement needs, this needs to be submitted to me in writing, either through email (email@example.com) or hard copy please by Sunday, April 12. This is the best way to ensure that your input is received and considered. Based on our internal timelines for the placement process, April 12 will be the final date that I am able to accept parent input regarding student placement for next year.
If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact me, I am always happy to discuss any matter related to your child’s education and well being with you!
Make it a great week!
- Thursday, 2nd - Choir Concert 7 PM Riverview Cafeteria
- Tuesday, 14th - All Pro Dad's Breakfast 7:30 AM
- Friday, 17th - Walk-A-Thon
- Friday, 24th - No School Professional In-Service Day
- Monday, 27th - PTA General Meeting 7 PM
This week I would like to remind everyone that Falcon Volunteer Community service logs are due to Mrs. Munsey by April 10th. Please log each activity and record the total amount of hours served. If you are in need of additional forms please let me know. You can call or e-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent information night for incoming sixth grade students attending Mill Creek will be 4/21 at 6:30 PM. For students attending Monticello Trails, parent information night will be 4/13 at 5:30.
In the next few weeks we will finish our career exploration units. Please talk with your child about your career. Explain the amount of education and/or training required for your job. Encourage them to ask questions about what a typical day looks like and give them advice as they continue to explore the wonderful world of work. Have a great week.
Toni Munsey, Counselor
Ready to Go Time-- State Assessments
New Standards; More Rigor
All Kansas school districts are required by the State Department of Education to fully implement the new standards with the 2014-2015 school year.
- Standards for success. The new standards in Math and English Language Arts work to ensure our students are ready for college, career training, and the workplace.
- Consistent and shared. Kansas, 44 other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Schools have adopted the new standards.
- Providing opportunities for meaningful information and feedback. The assessments will measure the standards and provide meaningful feedback to teachers and principals to help more students succeed.
New State Assessments
Beginning this spring, the Kansas State Department of Education will test students on the standards through a brand new State Assessment program. While this implementation is a significant shift for the State of Kansas, we are confident that our students, over time, will succeed in meeting the new KCCRS. Our schools have updated curricula and resources to support individual students in achieving academic excellence.
Sample Assessment Questions
There is no better way to see how Kansas is changing the state assessment program than by comparing previous questions to the new questions aligned to the rigor of the Kansas College & Career Ready Standards. Continue to the next page for the example. Learn more! We have much more information about the new state standards, the Kansas Assessment Program, and how we have prepared. Visit the district website >> HERE.
William Allen White
Attention 3rd-5th Graders participating in the William Allen White Reading Program! All reading logs are due to Mrs. Hallier no later than Friday, April 3, 2015 to receive your medal! Reading log forms can be found on Mrs. Hallier’s website at http://riverviewlibrary.weebly.com/ . She is looking forward to giving out lots of reading medals at the Awards Ceremony in May!