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Marsha Wallin

Quail Hollow

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Constructing Classes for the 2014-2015 School Year

             It is the time of year when we start planning for our next school year including looking at which students will be in each class. We thought this was a good time to explain the process we will use for putting together the classes for next year and explain why we don’t accept requests for specific teachers.

            We know from experience and educational research that heterogeneous grouping improve student achievement. We know minimizing behavior problems provides more time for academic pursuits. In creating classes, we work to create a mix of students who have a variety of strengths and weaknesses and where students who can be disruptive are not in the same class. We also work to balance the number of girls and boys in each class. This becomes very difficult to do when you accept and honor requests for parents for specific teachers. For example, what do we do when the parents of two children who do not do well in the same class request the same teachers? Who do we say no to? Also, how do we handle it when a disproportional number of parents of boys ask for a particular teacher? Creating a good mix of kids in a class and honoring parent requests presents insurmountable problems.

The process we will use this year is:

1.     We will collect Learning Environment Forms from those parents who want to give us information about their child when considering a class placement for next year. This form will be available on our website and in the school office on April 11st and is due by April 25th.

2.     The teachers and principal will work together to create classes of children who will work together well and whose strengths and weaknesses vary.   We will use the information provided on the Learning Environment Forms parents complete as well as teacher experiences with the students to help make these decisions.

3.     When the recommendations for the classes are complete, we will assign the teacher to the class. (We will not use any scheduling software to create classes).

4.     Students will meet their teacher for the 2014-15 school year on the morning of the last day of school. The teacher will have the opportunity to meet the children and the children will not need to be concerned over the summer about whose class they will be in for the year.

            This process has been used in past years at Quail Hollow. For the most part, this process has been very successful. We occasionally forget about two children who in past years did not do well together in a class, so this is very useful information for a parent to give us on a Learning Environment Form. Also, placing children who are new to the school is an unknown. These factors do influence the class make up.
          

It is possible that during your child’s elementary career he or she may have a teacher whose personality is not the very best match. This doesn’t need to be a negative experience. An important part of growing up and becoming independent is learning how to work with a wide variety of people. Employers report again and again that successful employees are those who have good social skills and can work with a variety of people.

            We hope you all realize that we understand your desire to pick your child’s teacher. We also hope you understand that we are looking out for your child’s needs and doing our very best to create the best possible learning community we can.

            You may pick up a copy of the Learning Environment Form in the school office or download the pdf below beginning on April 11st. Completed forms are due on April 25th.
pdfLEARNING ENVIRONMENT REQUEST FORM

Kindergarten Registration

It is important that we obtain an accurate list of all children qualifying for kindergarten in the Canyons School District for the 2014-2015 school year. If you have a child that will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2014, the child qualifies for next year’s kindergarten program. State law requires that all school districts in Utah abide by the same September 1st entrance cut-off date. You will be required, before enrollment, to bring the child’s immunization record, and a certified birth certificate (not a photocopy).

If you know of a neighbor that has a qualifying kindergarten child, please share this information with them and tell them to call the school and register their kindergarten child.

Quail Hollow Honored

The Canyons Board of Education Honored Quail Hollow Elementary for the President's Education Awards Program on October 1, 2013.  Students at Quail Hollow Elementary earned special recognition from President Obama and the U.S. Secretary of Education through the President's Education Awards Program.  The U.S. Department of Education recognized the outstanding achievements of the students and the school for establishing, maintaining and realizing rigorous standards of excellence and hard work in the classroom.  Some 3 million students from more than 30,000 schools across the country, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands received the honor, which includes a congratulatory letter and certificate signed by the President, U.S. Secretary of Education, and the school Princiipal. Congratulations Quail Hollow  on your achievements and thank you for sharing your talents with us. 

School Community Council Needed

We need School Community Council Members

            All public schools in Utah are required to have a School Community Council.  This council is composed of parents of children in the school and employees.  By law, the council is required to have more parent members than employees.  The council helps develop plans for using the Land Trust money each school receives from the Trust Land program. (At Quail Hollow this is about $25,000).  The council also helps prioritize school needs and develop plans for meeting those needs.  It is an excellent way to learn more about how the school functions.  Councils must meet at least four times a year.  Quail Hollow’s council generally meets 7 times a year.  Meetings are held to one hour.  This year, meetings were held from 7:30 to 8:30 am.  The council does determine meeting times at the first meeting in September.  If you are interested in running for a position on the council, please complete the SCC Declaration of Candidacy form and return it to the school as soon as possible.