7th/8th Course Electives for 2011-2012 School Year

posted on January 17th, 2011 at 4:30 pm in News.

January, 2011

Dear Parents of 6th and 7th Grade Students,

Happy New Year!

We are busy working on the master schedule for the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Carera, our 7th/8th grade counselor, will conduct an elective
assembly with the 6th and the 7th grade students on Wednesday, February 2, to give them an overview of the Course Catalogue and the Elective courses from which to choose.  Elective teachers will then give short presentations to describe their elective classes.  Ms. Lasky, grade 6 counselor, will also be going into each Core 6 class to further explain the elective course selection process and to answer any questions.

The Course Catalogue may be accessed on the PMS website at http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/pms/new/uploads/Course-Directory.pdf
on Feb. 2nd.

The Elective request cards will be distributed to each 6th and 7th grade student in their core classes on Feb. 2.  All elective cards are due to core teachers by Wednesday, February 9th.  Please be sure to have your student return the elective cards by the due date, otherwise their electives will be automatically chosen for them.

Every effort will be made to place students in their top choices.  Yet, given the complexity of the master schedule, sometimes it is just not possible.  There are many factors to consider when building a master schedule.  These include projected enrollment, number of full-time employees allocated to teach these courses, number of sections, minimum number of requests necessary to offer an elective course, the finite number of available seats, balance of class size and gender, availability of teachers who also teach at other school sites, room availability, etc.  Hours and hours of hard work go into meeting the needs of students and teachers as well as meeting academic requirements.  The planning requires that every student have a seven-period schedule at the correct grade level.  At the same time, it must also allow space for new students who enroll throughout the school year.

As we build the master schedule for the next school year, we build it with one important goal in mind – all students will complete the academic program that will prepare them for high school and beyond.  Consequently, as in prior years, we may not be able to accommodate all of the elective requests.  However, we will make every effort to do so consistent with the aforementioned complexities and our primary academic requirements.  As always, we appreciate your understanding, cooperation, and support.

Jeanne Donovan