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Dear SJA Family,

Following our Elevate presentation, parents have approached our ambassadors and myself with thoughtful follow-up questions and requests for clarification. We hope to continue the open dialog regarding this new initiative! 

Question: “What if your child is in a group that you don’t agree with?” / “How will students be grouped?” / “How often will groups change?”

Answer: We are glad this question came up because it shows the need for further clarification. 

Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction.

Flexible grouping
is a range of grouping students together for delivering instruction. This can be as a whole class, a small group, or with a partner. Flexible grouping creates temporary groups that can last an hour, a week, or even a month. It’s not permanent, but it is a temporary way for students to work together in a variety of ways and configurations depending upon activity and learning outcomes. To ensure successful grouping and promote maximum learning, it is essential that assessment is frequent, and that students are moved into appropriate groups regularly.

Ongoing assessment is the process of accumulating information about a student’s progress to help make instructional decisions that will improve his/her understandings and achievement levels.

Our teachers will be continually assessing the students’ knowledge on given topics and adjust the student groups based on need. These groups will be fluid day-to-day / activity-to-activity. 

Question: “When will teaching placement be determined?”
Answer: Teacher placement will be announced the week after spring break. 

Question: “How are teachers going to be selected?”
Answer: Teachers will be selected based on their in-depth knowledge of the content/curriculum. They will also be chosen by their demonstrated passion and ability to connect with the students in a way that allows students to truly understand the subject matter. 

In case you missed it, click here to watch the Elevate SJA video and review the powerpoint.

Don't forget to join us at the all-school open house on Sunday, February 24th.  Grade Informational Sessions will be at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, and 12:30 for all grades in each classroom.  Head straight to the classroom for this opportunity to learn about your student's next grade level and how our curriculum grows at each grade level.

We are excited about Elevate SJA and look forward to sharing our progress.



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