Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Woo hoo!

Praying really does work. As you may remember, I have been nervous about our class sizes. 4th grade is overall low (I have 16, Mr. 4th Grade has 19 and Mrs. 4th Grade has 20). They originally had us at 20 each and my thinking was, we are only 5 shy of that, pretty please leave it be.

I had remembered Mr. Principal telling me last spring that we had 3 4th grades because they (district level) were concerned with test scores. This group is LOW overall. We have a few high kiddos but most are 1-2 (or more) grade levels behind. I have prayed and prayed that they found a way to keep us small...mostly because getting half a new class 4-5 weeks in is so hard for everyone. But partly because this group IS low and they need the support of a smaller class.

This afternoon, Mr. Principal said it looks like I may gain just a couple of kids but he thinks otherwise they will leave 4th grade as is. It would put us at 18, 18 and 19 so much more balanced. It's not set in stone yet but this is what we think will happen. I will be so thrilled to have only 18!! I have never had such a small class and I know I can rock it with them if we stay small.

So cross everything that by tomorrow this is the decision they finalize. It will be so much better to gain 2 new students than 5 or more.


  1. Yay! I'm so excited that it looks like everything will work out for you! Small class sizes are the best. You can just focus so much more on the kiddos, especially those who may slip through the cracks in larger classes. Fingers crossed!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  2. That's great! In Florida it is state law to have 18 students in K-3 and 22 in 4-8 and 25 in 9-12. I teach primary so I have always had 18 kids in class. It's awesome to have low numbers! :) Good luck with your school year!

  3. That definitely is a great class size. It really makes such a difference and it's so sad that it has become acceptable for classes to be HUGE. This year my school actually hired some additional teachers to reduce class size. In KInder we just have fewer students than last year so our classes have settled around 20 instead of close to 30. It is amazing what a difference that makes!