6/1/18 Update: Message to parents of 4th, 5th and 6th Graders about Health, Puberty and Sexuality Education
On May 2, 2018, the Board voted to approve the staff-recommended Sexual Health and Puberty Education curriculum for grades 7-9, which will take place in classrooms prior to the end of this school year 2018. Parents can continue to opt their children out of part, or all, of the lessons. Though the Trustees approved a Board Policy to provide instruction for grades 4-6, they voted down the recommended curriculum. A task force will be convened after July 1 to examine other materials and make a new recommendation to the Board by January 2019, for implementation in spring 2019. There will not be any Health, Puberty and Sexuality Education for 4th and 5th Grade students until then. On May 23, 2018 the Board - Yes to Consider and/or Reconsider Adopting 3 R's Curriculum for 6th grade for the 2017-18 school year - then - Adopted 3R's Curriculum for 6th Grade for the 2017-18 School Year - Consider the approval of the 6th grade Instructional Guides using the 3R's curriculum for 2017-18.
What is a combination class?
A combined or split class refers to a class that is made up of students from two grades. Combined classes occur most frequently in elementary schools. For example, a school might have a grade 2/ 3 class combination which would include some 2nd graders and some 3 graders. It is important to know that students in combined classes are not held back to the level of the younger children nor are the children in the lower grade expected to do work beyond their abilities. The prescribed learning outcomes are grade appropriate for all students, whether or not they are in a combined class or not.
What are the criteria for establishing who is in a combination class at Brookvale?
When teachers are beginning to help establish classes with the principal, for the following school year, there are specific criteria used to determine if a student would be successful in a combination classroom setting. School staff look at students who have displayed the ability to work independently, who have met or exceeded the previous year benchmarks in ELA and Math, who have displayed the ability to ask thought provoking questions about core subjects, who are highly organized in their studies and who demonstrate success when being academically challenged in the classroom setting. Students are placed in a combination class if the previous year teacher feels from the student data, that the student will be able to succeed in a multi-grade classroom setting. Professional judgment, using student data is a large consideration when placing students in a combo class.
If my child is placed in a combination class, how can I support my child?
Parents can support their children in the same ways they would if they were in a single grade class. Staying interested and concerned about school work and activities, monitoring a child’s homework and keeping in touch with the teacher whenever possible. If you have concerns about your child’s learning, you should speak to the classroom teacher. As in any classroom setting, staying in communication with the teacher is key in assisting your child with their studies.