• Elementary Grade Configuration Ad Hoc Committee

     

    The Elementary Grade Configuration Ad Hoc Committee was formed to review educational research and advise on elementary configuration (K-5 vs. K-6) for Board of Education recommendation on January 23, 2017.

     

    Topics for Discussion:

     

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    • Educational research on various configurations; and
    • Comparison of experiences for students in each configuration (extraclass and intramurals).

     

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    • Implications for performance groups (currently Band 5, Chorus 4/5, Band 6/7, Chorus 6/7, Band 8-12, and Chorus 8-12;
    • Instructional considerations (access to services; curricular implications); and
    • Space considerations.

     

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    • Scheduling implications (specials/electives); and
    • Review of feedback for recommendation.

     

     

    The Ad Hoc Committee was comprised of the following members: 

     

    Team Composition

    Members

    Superintendent

    Deb Leh

    Executive Director of Curriculum

    Jennifer Sinsebox

    Secondary Principal

    Eric Windover

    Elementary Principal

    Margaret Wright

    Pupil Personnel Services Supervisor

    Jason deJong

    Elementary Teacher

    Danielle Hoch

    Middle School Teacher

    Cathy Cullinan

    Paraprofessional

    Deanie Estes

    Parent

    Kathy Reid

    Parent

    Jaime Lange

    Parent

    Shauna Cross

    Parent

    Lisa Hitchings

    Parent

    Mario Gomes

    Board of Education Member

    Courtney Panek

    Board of Education Member

    Michelle Rocha

     

     

    What was the process used by the Committee?  Throughout this process, Committee members reviewed information on the various topics of discussion.  To begin the review, individual Committee members ranked the six topics of discussion (criteria) to be reviewed in terms of importance.  This individual feedback was summarized and the criteria were ranked according to the Committee member input.

     

    Materials provided to the Committee show what currently occurs in a K-5 configuration, and what would occur in a K-6 configuration.  The following occurred:

     

    • Members working in small groups reviewed the information and individually provided written feedback on “benefits” and “challenges” of each configuration.
    • The individual feedback was summarized to get a picture of what the majority of committee members perceived on each topic. The summary documents that are shared are unedited from the original feedback.

     

    How was Committee feedback gathered?  The following process provided a way to quantify the input and perceptions of the Committee members.

     

    Benefits and challenges were tallied, with every instance of a comment counted toward the tally.  For example, if a comment appeared eight times through the feedback, it was counted eight times to provide the appropriate weighting.  A count of total benefits from a K-5 and K-6 configuration was determined.  Percentages were then identified for each of the K-5 and K-6 configurations using the total benefits as follows:

     

    • K-5 benefit comments divided by the total benefit comments of K-5 and K-6 equaled percentage of comments attributed to K-5; and
    • K-6 benefit comments divided by the total benefit comments of K-5 and K-6 equaled percentage of comments attributed to K-6.

     

    This same process was used for K-5 and K-6 configuration challenges. 

     

    How will the Committee arrive at a recommendation?  After information is reviewed and feedback on all topics is gathered, the Committee members will make individual recommendations.  The Committee will discuss the individual Committee feedback and make a recommendation to the Board of Education.

     

Research Articles

Comparison of Experiences for Students in Each Configuration (Extraclass and Intramurals)

Scheduling Implications (Specials/Electives)

Ranked Criteria

  • Ranking and Summary of Criteria

    Individual Committee members ranked the six topics of discussion (criteria) to be reviewed in terms of importance.  This individual feedback was summarized and the criteria were ranked according to the Committee member input.

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Recommendation to Board of Education

  • Recommendation to Board of Education

    At the Board of Education meeting held of January 23 ,2017, the Committee presented a recommendation to the Board of Education on the elementary configuration.  PowerPoint slides are presented with the recommendation that the grade configuration remain as K-5 at T. J. Connor Elementary School and 6-12 at the Middle/High School.  Rationale for the decision is included in the PowerPoint slides. 

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