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  1. MrsC

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    Today will be like the first day of school all over again. Due to an influx of new enrollments in grade 6 over the summer and during the first few days of school, our grade 6, 7, and 8 classes are being reorganized (not enough students for a new teacher). We've expected this since the end of last week, so we've all been in a bit of a "holding pattern" waiting for superintendent approval of the changes. Approval was granted Wednesday afternoon, the students and parents were informed yesterday, and the kids will be in their new classrooms today. While it will take us a day to get accustomed to the change, with the reorganization we were able to eliminate 2 combined grade classrooms and turn them into straight grades. (I've gone from a combined grade 7/8 to a straight grade 7--although my number of students has increased).

    Glad it's Friday, it's been a long week...
     
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  3. Missy

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    Good luck!
     
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    Wow! Good luck! It's so hard when things like that are hanging over everyone without any real answers. Hopefully the classes settle quickly. Thankfully, it's Friday!
     
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    Good luck with this. Hope the kids don't act up because of it.
     
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    I'm curious, do you know why they influx of new enrollments has occurred? Our district also had a last-minute rush of enrollment leading to classes being overenrolled, but the district is refusing to open more sections, so we are just stuck with extra kids, despite our contracted class size caps. I am wondering if local economic and housing issues are causing the change in enrollment, or if there is another underlying issue.
     
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    We always get new enrolments over the summer, as homes sell and new families move in. Some of our families are house-poor, so there are a growing number of basement apartments being constructed. The new students are usually pretty evenly distributed between the grades; this year, they all seemed to be clustered in grades 3 and 6. It would have been ideal if we could have done this before school started, but we needed to wait to see who actually showed up. We're only 2 weeks in, so it's not too bad.

    Today went well. The kids all know each other, and were chatty and excited to be together. We kept things fairly low key today as we all get adjusted. Monday, we hit the ground running.
     
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    We just had to rearrange a couple of our classes as well this week, a month into school, but due to the opposite - low enrollment! They added a class for each grade this school year, because last year's classes were huge, but since one of the grades only ended up with about 15 kids per class, they decided to cut one of those classes, spread those kids out into the other 3 classes, move their teacher to another grade, and then move THAT teacher to another school! (She's the newest so she got moved).
     

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