Principal's Monthly Message

From The Principal’s Desk
April 27, 2018

From The Principal’s Desk

Dear Glen Grove Families,

Although our April weather has been quite fickle, more like winter at times, we continue to work toward a strong finish to this year while also planning for the next one. 

One of the most important responsibilities in which we will soon be engaging is assigning students to classes. It is the belief of Glenview District 34 and Glen Grove School that children receive the most benefit from their educational experience when in a balanced classroom setting. The following criteria is influential in creating this setting:

•    Classes will be balanced by gender across a grade level.
•    Class size will be balanced across a grade level.
•    Classes will be balanced by program needs.
•    Classes will be balanced by academic abilities and achievement.
•    Classes will be balanced by social-emotional needs.
•    Classes will be balanced by student leadership skills, work habits, and general behavior.

Part of the placement process entails eliciting parental input, as well. We have provided our Westbrook 2nd and Glen Grove 3rd grade families with input forms that we ask you to complete to indicate factors you wish the Placement Team to consider when determining class assignments for your child. Completing the input form is optional, as you may feel your child’s current teacher has enough information to determine the best placement for your child. All students, with or without written parent input, will be given equal time and consideration in the placement process. 

Please note that the input forms are due tomorrow, Friday, April 27, so if you haven’t turned one in and would like to, be sure to do so tomorrow.

Creating smooth transitions for our students is one of our primary goals, and careful, thoughtful attention to placement is one way to accomplish this.

Spring also brings with it an array of assessments. As you know, our students completed the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the official standardized assessment of the state of Illinois. PARCC results will be used by the State and our District to gauge student learning against the curriculum. The administration of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress in reading, math, and language usage will be on May 8, 9, and 11.  We ask that you please avoid planned absences for appointments during these three days, if possible, as we know our students perform better when in the safety and familiarity of their classroom and the teachers they know.  Please also remember that although we value academic assessment results, we never lose sight of our desire to continue nurturing the social and emotional awareness and skills that are critical to a child’s development, and we thank you for your partnership in all of these endeavors. 

Although the end of the school year seems near, we have much learning left to do and look forward to a strong finish to the 2017-2018 school year! 

Respectfully,

Helena Vena