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In this next series of emails we would like to present to you some of the frequently asked questions that have come up from our Community Conversations and other feedback from the public.Please look for a FAQ email each week and then check out the District Reorganization website for the full list.

Why does the configuration contain two 7th and 8th grade buildings instead of one 7th grade and one 8th grade building?

There are several reasons for having two 7th and 8th grade buildings. Let’s start with the community feedback. Parents were clear that they wanted a limited number of moves for their child(ren) during their K-12 career. In addition, parents wanted two buildings that were the same---so if their child attended either building, the curriculum would be consistent.
 
When we look at population trends over the next 5 years, the difference between the 7th and 8th grade classes can be as much as 30 students. That could be problematic down the road as we look to equalize class sizes. Each building can hold up to 250 students, but our goal in the reorganization is to keep that number closer to 200 to 220.

Let’s talk about programming and what having 7th and 8th grade students in one building can mean for academic success. We all know that the life of an adolescent can be full of ups and downs. We also know that a caring adult is key for all students during this time of his or her life. We will be organized as buildings that will house 200 - 220 students, 8 core teachers and one full time building administrator. In addition, there will be counseling support and support from Communities In Schools. This will allow your child to access the support needed during this time while enjoying the middle years with his or her friends. Students will leave the 7th and 8th grade building and enter the high school their freshman year. Students who are in these combined-grade buildings will walk into the high school as freshman know one half of the sophomore class!  As you know, when students enter the high school, they have required courses but have many choices as to which path they will choose. It is not uncommon for freshman to have classes with upper classmen. We know it will be beneficial in the transition for our freshman students to know that there are friendly faces waiting for them. Of course, we will continue our LINK program where upperclassmen serve as mentors for our incoming students, but it never hurts to continue to work on ways where students are familiar not only with the building, but with other students in different grade levels.  

How can I get involved?

We would love to have you serve on one of our Reorganization Committees.  You can sign up for a committee of your choice by going to our website at www.tps.k12.mi.us and filling out the Google Form under the District Reorganization Information link.  If you have problems accessing the form, please contact us at 517.424.7318 and we will be happy to sign you up for a committee.

Thank you