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Teacher Request Explanation 24-25

Teacher Request Explanation

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we head into spring, we will begin making preparations for next year’s class placements. Considerable thought and deliberation go into creating individual classes for next year. With the accountability measures implemented under federal and state laws, it is vital for students and teachers that each class be equal according to skill levels and challenges. Every effort will be made to create classes composed of personalities, learning styles, abilities, behaviors, as well as special education or other needs that will contribute to the most positive and productive learning environment possible for all students. If we make changes to those classes because of special requests, problems and inequities begin to occur. So although requesting a specific teacher is discouraged, we would much rather proactively address potential placement issues before the school year begins.

Just as each child is unique, so is each teacher. An individual experience that one of your children may have had with a teacher can differ drastically from what another one of your children may have with the same teacher. Learning to get along with all kinds of people, making new friends, and accepting challenges and changes is an important part of the personal growth of our students. Having a wide variety of teachers with different teaching styles and personalities is a benefit to our students and, perhaps, one of the best opportunities you, as parents, have to help prepare your children with the skills they will need to relate to the many people they will interact with in this world. With few exceptions, every child can learn to appreciate and function with their teacher when we are all working together, and the family environment values education. Truly, we have an excellent faculty completely committed to giving our students the finest education possible.

Keeping the above in mind, if you feel that your child has unique circumstances or educational needs that must be considered as we create next year’s classes, you will need to submit those concerns in the form of a letter or email, no later than April 15,2024. The information may be shared with the teacher(s) involved as we are trying to improve and grow with our community needs. Requests received after this date may not be considered. If more information is needed after reading your request, we may request a face-to-face meeting to clarify your concerns.

Your letter should contain the following:

  1. At the top of the page include your name, your child’s name, the grade they will be entering and your telephone number.
  2. Describe the educational concerns and specific needs of your child.
  3. If your concern is for more than one child, a separate sheet of paper should be submitted for each child.
  4. Requesting a specific teacher is discouraged.  If you feel it is necessary, based on educational needs, please include your first, and second choice of desired teachers. (We will have at least four new teachers here next year.)

A review and consideration of your concerns will then be made as we put class lists together.

Thank you for your understanding and support of this important process. We appreciate your trust in the faculty of Midland Elementary and look forward to another successful school year.


Kevin Chase

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