We're two days into our PD before the start of the year! We have PD tomorrow and then a day in our classrooms on Thursday. After a long weekend, we meet our kiddos on Tuesday!
We are transitioning to PowerSchool this year (well some schools in my district are) and we had training on that yesterday. My girls' schools all use PowerSchool and I really like it so I am excited to use it as a teacher. It's a bit weird with a split because I have to do a little bit of "double duty" so that everything gets categorizied correctly with the separate grade reports and whatnot.
I am a bit nervous because I had 28 students on my roster in the spring and between yesterday during that training and this afternoon, I have lost 4 students! My 4th grade colleagues are at 31 each and my 5th grade colleagues are at 29 and 30 respectively. I asked Mrs. Principal if it would be wise to just add a few more kids to my room but she still swears I won't stay a split. With budgets what they are, I can't believe that they would add another teacher and have us all at 23-24 when we've been told 28-30 is the "normal" range.
Everyone thinks I am insane but I WANT this split. I want THESE kids! I am more worried they will wait until halfway through the year to make the move when I am attached :/ I know I shouldn't worry because I can't change it...but I do. Give me a few more and call it good!
Tomorrow we have a grade level PD and since I can't be in two places at once, I am going to 4th grade. I am also the go-to person for SWIS data for 4th grade so I should either stay a split or teach 4th grade! It will be okay and no matter what we will survive....I just hate the idea of having kids, getting them going and then having to move them to another teacher. It would mean getting new kids from two other classes and that is never fun. So cross your fingers that they don't split my split up! I really want this group SO bad.