The fifth-grade class this school year at Indian Lake School District is the largest class ever to make its way through the elementary school, and as a result the Indian Lake Middle School is making some changes to its traditional teaching design to accommodate the large class.
There are approximately 160 students in the Class of 2026, compared to an average of around 120 students.
An additional classroom teacher was added each year at the elementary school as the class progressed through grade levels, and ILMS Principal Missy Mefford says a similar solution will be in palce for the 2018-19 school year.
“Fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. (Amy) Fatone has agreed to follow the class from ILES to ILMS to add another homeroom section.
Another change is that each student will have his or her own schedule, instead of traveling as a group with their homeroom all day giving us more flexibility to move students as needed,” she said.
Students will be assigned to one of two teams of fifth-grade teachers for math, science and social studies. A seventh section of language arts will be added as well, school officials have said.
In addition, fifth-grade students will have an added music section of Related Arts and they will be served breakfast in the cafeteria, instead of in a fifthgrade classroom.
As this large class makes its way through grades, similar adjustments will be made year to year.
Fifth-grade homeroom lists will be posted on the ILMS north doors Aug. 15.
All ILMS students will receive individual schedules during the Aug. 20 open house from 5 to 7 p.m., following a fifth-grade orientation meeting that begins at 4:45 p.m. in the gymnasium. Fees may be paid during the event. School begins Aug. 22.