Common Questions and Answers Regarding Third Grade Dual Language Classes Moving to the Intermediate School
Why is third grade dual language being relocated to Woodland Intermediate School?
The Board of Education has made a commitment to having smaller class sizes, starting in the 2018-2019 school year. The goal is for teachers to have a greater opportunity to develop relationships with their students and smaller class sizes is one way to achieve that goal. As a result, more teachers and more classroom spaces are needed. After a thorough review of the program needs, curriculum, arrangement of classrooms and an independent facility study of all school buildings, next year third grade dual language students will be relocated to the Intermediate School.
The third grade dual language program also better matches the fourth and fifth grade dual language program model. Starting in third grade, a shift is made to the content areas and languages in which that grade level is taught. Third through fifth grade students have math in English and social studies in Spanish. This is the opposite language designation for kindergarten through second grade.
Additionally, the move will allow all third grade dual language classrooms to be located in their own hallway next to each other. This is an ongoing goal of the dual language program to have classrooms located next to each other. That is not possible given the building structure at the Elementary building.
Why not move the students to the Primary School across the street from Elementary East and West?
Classroom space at both Elementary East and West as well as at the Primary School are currently limited, but with some shifting, there is space at the Intermediate building. Elementary third grade dual language teachers will move to a section of the Intermediate School on the east side of the second floor where the classrooms are grouped together, allowing for better collaboration among the teaching staff.
Additional classrooms needed to meet class size goals
What will be the school day times for third grade dual language students?
The school day will be the same as the Intermediate School students – 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Will students ride the bus with elementary students or the bus for Intermediate School students?
Students will ride the bus with the Intermediate School students and they will have the first choice of sitting in the front of the bus.
Will there be library resources available for the third grade dual language students?
Yes. Library resources will be shifted to accommodate the students at the Intermediate School.
What happens if my child is in the advanced program or challenge program as well as third grade dual language?
Those programs will be available to the third grade dual language students at the Intermediate School program.
Will third grade dual language students be able to participate in after-school activities?
Yes, there will be similar activities currently offered to third grade at the elementary schools.
Will third grade dual language students be able to participate in choir or try out for the play now offered at the Intermediate School?
No, however, all fourth and fifth grade students are able to participate in these co-curricular events.
Will the third grade dual language students still have art, music, physical education and computer classes?
Yes, all third grade students will have the same curriculum from elementary at the Intermediate School.
Will the third grade dual language students be able to participate in Halloween, winter and Valentine’s Day parties?
Yes, all third grade dual language students will participate in all three parties even though this is not part of the fourth and fifth grade celebrations. Third grade dual students will be able to dress up for the Halloween Party.
Will the third grade dual language students be able to participate in ROAR activities and celebrations?
Will the third grade dual language students have a snack time at the Intermediate School?
Just like at Elementary East and West snack time will be based upon the time of day students have breakfast and lunch.
Will the general registration fee for third grade dual language students be that of an Elementary student or an Intermediate student?
The general registration fee will be the same as an Elementary student.
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