Information from Washburne for Sixth Grade Families
Dear Parents of Sixth Graders:
It is hard to believe, but it's time to begin thinking about your child's advisory placement and elective classes for next school year.
This may be your first introduction to Washburne. While we share a common philosophical approach with Skokie School, there are program, curricula, and logistic differences that set us apart. These differences help us address the unique needs your child presents as he/she continues his/her journey through adolescence. We have planned a series of meetings and visitations to help you and your child make informed decisions regarding elective choices and to share relevant information about academic/team placement. We look forward to seeing you on the evening of
Thursday, March 2, for our annual Parent Orientation.
Thursday, March 2
Meeting for parents of current 6
graders with IEPs, 6:00-6:50pm,
in Washburne's Resource Center (see below)
Thursday, March 2
Orientation meeting for all parents of current 6th graders, 7:00pm, in Washburne's Little Theater
Friday, March 3
Sixth graders visit Washburne to learn about elective classes
Friday, March 3
Elective classes description packets sent home with students
Friday, March 17
Elective Classes Registration form must be completed online by this date
Parent Description/Information form to be completed online by this date
Friday, March 24
Next Year's Elective Request Process
On April 6
th, your child will bring home a packet of materials containing elective course descriptions. Please read these materials carefully, and help your child complete the online registration prior to March 17.
You will receive an email explaining how to log into the registration website on March 3. If you do not receive the email please contact the office at 847-446-5892.
Advisory/Team Placement Information
We are eager to learn as much as possible about your child so we can make the best placement for him/her. Your thoughts and observations regarding your child are important to us. Please use the link below to tell us about
your child's learning style,
the type of structure that works effectively for him/her,
the type of teacher to whom your child best responds,
your child's study/work habits,
your child's peer relations,
any other relevant information about him/her.
This information is invaluable to us in placing a student with an appropriate advisor and team.
Many factors are considered when making placement decisions. These include the creation of heterogeneous groups of advisories and classes, individual student variables (learning styles and needs, appropriate classroom climate, peer relations), and the even distribution of math and foreign language students and students with special needs.
In order for your submission to be considered for class and advisory placement you must complete the online form prior to Friday, March 24.
Your understanding and consideration of our complex scheduling and placement process is much appreciated. We strive to meet the needs of each child as best we can, but we may not be able to make the specific placement you desire. Because we must consider the school as a whole, the building principal and assistant principal reserve the right to make all final decisions regarding placement decisions.
Parents of 6th Graders with IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)
On Thursday March 2, 6:00-6:50p.m. You are invited to join our special education teachers and me for an informal meeting in our Resource Center. We will present an overview of our Special Education Program here at Washburne, including a discussion of the similarities and differences between our program and the lower school program, how we integrate our special education program with our strong advisory/team philosophy, and other topics of interest. We will allow ample time for your questions.
We thank you for your thoughtful participation in this process.