6th Grade Transition

Posted May 20, 2017 at 5:51 am by

San Juan Island School Dis­trict Board of Direc­tors Deci­sion to Tran­si­tion 6th grade from Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School to Fri­day Har­bor Mid­dle School

At a Spe­cial School Board Meeting/Public Hear­ing on Thurs­day May 18, 2017, the San Juan Island School Dis­trict Board of Direc­tors took action to approve the pro­posed tran­si­tion of the 6th grade from Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School to Fri­day Har­bor Mid­dle School.

Accord­ing the Dr. Dan­na Diaz, Super­in­ten­dent of Schools, “The sixth grade com­mit­tee pre­sent­ed to the board in Jan­u­ary and pro­vid­ed ratio­nale of why they sup­port the move up. The Dis­trict post­poned the deci­sion until now due to our leg­isla­tive ses­sion and the edu­ca­tion fund­ing formula.”

The Board of Direc­tors were pressed to make a deci­sion even though the leg­is­la­ture is still in spe­cial ses­sion as school dis­tricts have a legal dead­line to fin­ish the devel­op­ment of a dis­trict wide bud­get for 2017–18. Ratio­nale for the move includ­ed Increased access to age appro­pri­ate resources, such as sci­ence mate­ri­als, access to STEM, library resources, a school coun­selor, and an inter­ven­tion spe­cial­ist. The move would help the two schools to uti­lize the space more effec­tive­ly which direct­ly impacts safe­ty, edu­ca­tion, and social/emotional well-being.

Mov­ing the 6th grade is in align­ment with the San Juan Island School District’s Mis­sion State­ment; “Pro­mote excel­lence, engag­ing every stu­dent, every day, through supe­ri­or instruc­tion, high expec­ta­tions and aca­d­e­m­ic con­tent that is both chal­leng­ing and indi­vid­u­al­ly relevant.”

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