Your support in stopping our school administration from eliminating leveled classes in our middle schools is greatly appreciated. The elimination of leveled classes in our middle schools will negatively impact all our students effective learning and advancement. We want what's best for ALL of Middletown's children, no matter what level they are in! We want new families to move into our school district and current families to want to stay because of all the wonderful opportunities that we have for growth and success! In order for this to happen we need to provide the proper intervention for our less proficient learners, as well as, providing the proper attention and challenges for our average, above average and highest achievers. We believe that with the continuation of leveled classes in our middle schools, teachers can properly focus their attention on the specific learning proficiency of their students and ensure that they move forward at their proper pace. Differentiated instruction does not belong in our middle schools, given our district's make-up. Class sizes are high at 27 and up, special needs students (of all distinctions) are main streamed in the classes with no para-professional support, and behavioral issues are a constant distraction. New schedules will mean 30 minute class instruction times which leaves very little time for any teacher to effectively differintiate the instruction to the various groupings in each class. The elimination of leveled classes means all students will move ahead at the pace of the slowest learner in each of their classes, including Mathematics and Language Arts. The above average and advanced students will be given enrichment, as others in their class are re-taught the curriculum unit, before they can all move ahead. Middletown teachers want every child to learn and succeed at their own pace and they are working extra hard to ensure that they do. However, asking our middle school teachers to differienciate their instruction in Mathematics and Language Arts effectively, in 30 minutes, to a classroom makeup of varying student needs and capabilities so that all students succeed... is asking for the impossible. Middletown's middle school children will be the victims of an mediocre and inadequate education unless you support our cause to stop the elimination of leveled classes. Thank you for your support!