Parishville-Hopkinton making adjustments to class sizes, teacher assignments
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 5:11 pm

By MATT LINDSEY

PARISHVILLE — An update was given to the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Board of Education this week regarding adjustments to elementary teaching positions.

Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Superintendent Darin P. Saiff said the school has some grade levels that require only one section.

The update was given at a school board meeting Tuesday, July 5.

“We will have one single grade that will loop with their teacher this year and another single section grade that will not,” Saiff said.

Looping -- often referred to as multiyear teaching or multiyear placement -- happens when a teacher is promoted with his/her students to the next grade level and stays with the same group of children for two or three years.

The single grade group is not the reason for the looping, it just offered us the opportunity to try it there, he said.

“Generally students take five to ten weeks to learn the expectations of the teacher and this skips over that period by staying with a teacher for two years,” he said. “I think we would be exploring the "looping" model regardless of class section sizes as it has shown to be effective in many cases.”

Saiff says there are benefits to looping and that he appreciates how staff is handling the changes.

“I am pleased with the flexibility and professionalism from the teachers,” Saiff said.