Team Requests – Important Information

Dear Desert Sky Families,

This is the time of year that teaching placements for the 2019-2020 school year are tentatively assigned. I am very pleased with the tentative teacher list and feel confident that all of our teacher teams will provide quality instruction in the classroom. The tentative 2019/2020 teacher list is attached to this email.

We strongly believe that classrooms should be balanced, not only with boys and girls, but also with academic abilities. We also respect the fact that parents may have specific requests for a teaching team whom they believe may be a good match for their child. Please read our request procedures carefully. Teacher requests must be written and emailed to Mrs. Marsh at marshr@vailschooldistrict.org or brought to the office between April 29th – May 3rd. Only written requests submitted during this time frame will be accepted. Thirty (30) requests will be accepted for 6th grade teaching teams, which consist of 2 teachers. Sixty (60) requests will be accepted for 7th and 8th grade teaching teams, which consist of 4 teachers. For teams that receive more requests then the capped amount (60 requests for four teacher teams or 30 requests for two teacher teams), we will randomly select students until the cap is reached. Please know that we work hard to honor requests and most requests are accommodated. Per Governing Board policy, administration makes the final decisions regarding class assignments. Conversations about specific teams at a grade level should be directed to administration. Also, please keep in mind that the teacher list is tentative and not guaranteed. Teachers might move or take other positions prior to the start of school.

It is important to have a conversation with your child explaining that a team request is not a guarantee.

It is also important to note that due to Advanced Math, your child may not receive his/her math instruction from the math teacher on the team you have requested.

Thank you,
Katie Dabney