Question: During the TLC open house, it was noted that the school was broken into three teams (red, white and blue). Can you explain a little more about this? Does this mean that children will remain on the same team for each year they are at TLC? Also, are all teachers looping, and does that mean that children will have the same teacher and classmates for grades K-2?
Answer: The Learning Community does have three teams, each of which includes two kindergarten classes, two first grade classes and two second grade classes. Each team will complete two activities together during the year -- a citizenship project and a community service project.
The teams were designed to help students make connections both horizontally (with their classmates) and vertically (with students who are older and/or younger). They were also designed to help students make connections with the adults in The Learning Community and help them feel safe and secure within the building. Overall, we hope the teams will be a positive experience for both kids and their families. The TLC Task Force is evaluating the use of teams and will continue to explore other options that will help students make connections with peers and adults.
This year, some students have the same teacher and classmates they had last year -- a scenario called "looping." When The Learning Community was restructured over the summer, some teachers were looped and assigned the same students they had last year. However, we made sure that any parent who did not want their child to have the same teacher as the year before had the option of moving to a different classroom. As for the possibility of looping in future years, right now we're leaving a two-year loop (K-1 or 1-2) open as an option. We'll make final decisions about looping in the spring.
- answered by Terry LaFountain, The Learning Community Principal
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