Smaller Class Size For Marion Elementary Kindergarten Students
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This petition is our wish to formally express our concerns over the kindergarten class sizes at Marion Elementary School. We want to communicate to the Belle Vernon Area School Board and Superintendent that a reduction in class size needs to be an immediate priority.
In the 2017-2018 school year, parents saw substantial increase in class size. Currently, there are four kindergarten classrooms: three with 28 students and one with 27 students. In comparison to the 2017-2018 school year of neighboring school districts, kindergarten class sizes average 21-22 or less.
Even the finest teachers are limited in what they can achieve with such a large class size. Five and six year olds are naturally enthusiastic learners, whose first academic experience is the essential part of building the foundation to lifelong positive feelings about learning and school.
kindegarteners need their teacher to be available to them for small group interaction and one on one attention. Smaller class sizes make classroom rotations more effective. It emphasizes hands on learning rather than memorization, which leads to a higher level of student engagement. Smaller class size allows students to participate in activities, discover, experiment, and move more freely in a safer learning environment.
Benefits we hope to see from a smaller class size include: greater classroom engagement, decrease classroom disruptions, increase quality instruction, more accurate identification of students' individual needs, and improved communication by children directly impacted by larger class sizes. An overall smaller class size, permits better student-teacher morale leading to better attendance and potentially fewer substitute teacher costs.
Please sign, share, spread the word, and support our request for smaller classroom sizes. This is not just limited to parents of current kindergarteners. It is time for parents of Belle Vernon Area students to set the precedence on what is an acceptable classroom size across all grade levels in the district.
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