The school’s staffing model has been provisionally set for next year. This model is based on a number of criteria, balancing the provision made by TDSB with the requirements on class sizes and the skills of our individual staff members. Parent Council was involved in the consultation process and fully supports the current plan.
Note that some changes may occur over the summer and again in September as exact student numbers and staff moves are finalised.
FDK – 4 classes
Gr. 1 – 2 Classes
Gr. 1/2 – 1 Class
Gr. 2 – 1 Class
Gr. 2/3 – 2 Classes
Gr. 3 – 1 class
Gr. 3/4 – 1 Class
Gr. 4/5 – 1 Class
Gr. 5 – 1 Class
Gr. 6/7 – 2 Classes
Gr. 7/8 – 1 Class
Gr. 8 – 1 Class
At the other end of the school age range, staff are hoping to implement an exciting new plan to allow our older students to experience a Middle School-style program. Grades 6-8 will now experience classes with different members of their staff according to the teachers’ skills rather than having the majority of subjects with their own class teacher.
Details are still being finalised, but the intention is for students to remain with a consistent cohort of classmates throughout and be taught English / History, Math / Gym, Science / Tech and Arts (excluding music) by different teachers. Music classes will be increased to 2 per week, giving much more opportunity for progress.
This means that Grades 6-8 will drop recess and will end the day at 3pm.
In other staffing news, our fantastic Librarian Steve Riddell will be retiring at the end of this year. Steve has been described as the “heart and soul” of the school and staff, students and parents have always valued his infectious enthusiasm for reading, learning and fun. We wish him all the very best for the future; he will be much missed at Roden. Staff and students are preparing to bid him farewell in June at a school assembly and parents will be welcome to attend to add their good wishes for this wonderful member of our community.
We are also hoping that Steve will allow us to send him off in Pie Toss style at the Summer Send Off on 21 June!