An Important Reminder to Parents

By: Neil Mufson
Mr. Mufson explains the reasoning behind the way we build class lists.
Each year at this time, as we plan the next academic year, I like to remind parents of an important school policy.  As we set about formulating class lists for 2016-17, please remember that I ask that you not make requests for specific teachers.  I strongly believe that both sections at each grade level offer students a great experience.  In either class, your child ends up in excellent hands. 

Many factors go into the creation of our class lists.  We seek to create a balance of personalities, talents, abilities, and learning styles within each section.  We place the overall needs of the group as our primary consideration.  As educators, we also clearly weigh what we see as individual needs.  However, since the creation of a class is a delicate enterprise, we must take into account many issues more complex than individual wishes or perceptions.  

Therefore, I ask that you avoid putting teachers in the awkward position of making specific requests.  This is not to say that you cannot offer your input as to the kind of classroom in which you feel your child best achieves.  In the end, though, I ask that you trust the teachers, the division heads, and me since we truly have the children's best interests in mind.  Thank you for you cooperation.

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