Annual Note about Class Lists
As we head into the final stretch of the spring semester, I often get questions, or requests, from parents about classroom placement for the coming year. I feel so fortunate to be in a district where the teachers, support staff, and assistants are all so amazing that there is not a single classroom in which I would hesitate to place my own child. In fact, one of the many things that make this district so extraordinary is the consistency among all teachers at any given grade level. As report cards come out, you can all rest assured that your child’s grades reflect the same standards, instruction, and assessment as every other child in that grade level.
My goal, therefore, in creating class lists, is to work toward crafting the best balanced classroom environments and teacher-student pairings possible.
While some districts opt for computer generated, or random placement, each child in Aurora is carefully and purposefully placed in a community that is best suited to their known academic, social, and emotional needs. While we always welcome input from parents about the type of environment they feel is best for their children, we do ask that requests for specific teachers be avoided. We understand that many of you have had wonderful relationships with your older children’s teachers at Miller and Craddock, but every child is different and we know that, in some cases, the same teacher is not always the best fit.
We work hard to try to create a classroom environment that is representative of the greater community in which our students live. For that reason, we look for a balance of boys and girls, cultures, learning strengths and needs. That being said, we do “cluster” students together in some flexible groups at all learning levels to ensure that teachers do not have 25 reading groups with 1 student in each group, and that all students are with peers who are working and learning at their levels. We want them to be challenged but not frustrated, independent and collaborative, and given opportunities to both teach and be taught.
You will be receiving, in the mail, your child’s placement information, as well as any updated busing information as our offices re-open in early August. Meanwhile, please feel free to reach out to myself, or our school counselor, Tami Mazzella, if you have specific concerns about your child’s transition to the next grade level.