Dear Saint Margaret Mary School Families,
Summer is officially here are we are hoping that you are beginning to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. The office staff and I are busy preparing for the upcoming school year; it will be here before you know it.
As we prepare for the next school year, I wanted to share with you some of the improvements that will take place for the 2018-2019 academic school year. As always, we will be evaluating our academic programs, sometimes school are required to change and adapt due to the increase or decrease of enrollment numbers. With this said, we will be combining some of the classes that were smaller double classes to single classes. While the classes may be larger, we are still below the district and diocesan class size regulations. I understand that this is a change in class size; however I am confident that the teachers and support staff of St. Margaret Mary will continue to provide quality education to all our students.
St. Margaret Mary will continue to provide additional academic support through the use of instructional aides in several classrooms. These instructional aides are placed in classrooms where additional academic help may be required. In addition, I am happy to report that we will have two academic support teachers for all grade levels. This will ensure that students’ needs are met and we continue to hold our student to high academic standards.
The other significant change for next year is the departmentalizing of the junior high. Beginning next year, the students will be switching classes for all academic subjects for grades 6, 7, and 8. Teachers will be teaching to a specialty area and working with all junior high students. As some of you may be aware, the junior high math program will offer differentiated groupings of instruction. Placement letters for the math groupings have been sent out.
Over the summer, Ms. Duncan and I will be working on updating the science lab. This update will be incorporating STEM technologies and labs for all grade levels (preschool -8th grade). STEM learning builds students understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The lab will be available for all students to use throughout the year.
I understand that you may have some questions or concerns about the changes, please let me know if you would like to meet to discuss your questions about next year.