Teacher Requests

Post date: Apr 18, 2018 7:47:40 PM

Dear Kootenai Elementary Parents/Guardians,

During the month of May, Kootenai Elementary staff will meet to determine student placements for next school year. This can be a challenging and complex process as we strive to create balanced and positive classrooms. We take many factors into consideration in an effort to place your student in an optimal learning environment.

We take our classroom placement decisions very seriously and do our best to create classroom communities that promote the growth and development of each student. Experiences with a variety of teaching styles and classroom environments help develop a student’s ability to apply strategies and adapt to changing situations. We believe that adaptability is the highest form of functionality and your support for your student and teacher is instrumental in your student's success in any environment.

When assigning students to a specific classroom, student placement is taken seriously and is initiated according to a process involving time and careful thought concerning the best interest of every child in each classroom. Classrooms are heterogeneously grouped to mirror our society: in order to create balanced classes of students, the following factors are considered: gender; ability levels; student needs; behavior concerns; and special program needs. Please note that the final decision on all student placements rest with the principal.

We are very fortunate to have a talented, dedicated, and professional staff that is committed to providing valuable learning experiences for your children. However, if you as a parent or guardian feel strongly about placing your student in a specific teacher’s classroom for the coming school year, please make an appointment as soon as possible to speak directly with Mrs. Knowles regarding your request.

Thank you again for all you do to support Kootenai School.


Mrs. Kelli Knowles, Principal