August 27, 2018
We are all very excited about the beginning of school, just a few days away. There will be some surprises waiting for our students when they arrive. Based on professional development and new educational best practices, the third grade team has decided to open up our classroom walls to create one large learning space for all third graders. We will be team-teaching in order to best meet the needs of all of our students. Within this large, open classroom, we are providing quiet work times and work spaces and will have the opportunity to provide small group or individualized instruction, in addition to gathering in a common area for large group instruction. Every student will still have their own home-pod with their assigned teacher and their own storage cubby within that teacher’s space. Students will arrive at their own teacher’s classroom door. We have designed the space to have designated learning areas to share amongst all third graders. They will travel to specials within their home-pod, but will spend the majority of the day learning alongside all third graders and accessing the expertise of all three third grade teachers. All communication will still be between only you and your child’s home-pod teacher and you will only have parent-teacher conferences with that specific teacher. We will be adjusting things as the year goes on and will most certainly change course if need be. Rest assured we will only do what is best for all of the students. We are optimistic that the third graders will have a terrific learning experience this year.