My child has been to other schools, and (by far) this one is the most closed off to parents. Parents are not allowed in the building before or after school (which was allowed in the other schools my son attended and was a primary source for me to talk to his teachers about my son's performance (he has special needs) and to see if the teacher needs anything for the classroom). Last year, they did their homework in class and turned it in, so I had no idea how he was doing until graded papers came home (too late to help!). Also, there is no notice of extracurricular activities (soccer, karate, etc) like at the other schools (we used to get fliers). It's not a bad school, but I almost feel like they're hiding something. Maybe because it's so close the prison, I don't know.
This school needs to improve their interracial skills. My child has attended this school for 3 years and is in the minority. It seems to me, as well as others that I have spoken with, that A difference is made in children of minority races. I have offered my time to volunteer each year, and remain overlooked each time. It does not matter to me that we are in one of the wealthiest areas of Limestone County, all the children deserve the same educational opportunities. The principal situation is a shame. Also I agree that the PE curriculum is a little stiff. There might be a little more parent involvement, if visiting the school didn't require a federal clearance.
We have been with Creekside since the doors opened and love it! RE:VOLUNTEERS-If you haven't been called to volunteer, have you considered just showing up? Even if you are just having lunch with your child occasionally, you will discover a place where you are needed or you will be approached by the volunteers that are there on a daily basis. I have never been turned down, neither will you. RE:PRINCIPALS-Dr. Gartman does help with carlines and even Mr. Witt did upkeep on the school grounds. This shows they are willing to exceed the boundries of the office. RE:CAR LINES-Were you there the 1st year when cars conjested the roads? There have been improvements and if you have answers then offer details. Otherwise you could consider the bussing system which(by looking at the car line)isn't being used. RE:PE COACHES: If parents would turn off PlayStation then PE wouldn't seem so tuff! MOM
I have been impressed with the teachers and the administration at Creekside. They seem to really care about the students. Dr.Gartman seems to be a great principal. She can be seen every day helping with the car line- even during a thunderstorm! How many other principals have you seen that are willing to do the 'dirty work'? She has been available for parent conferences when I needed to talk with her about my child. She is a good leader for the school. The parents are involved and welcome at the school. Every day you will find volunteers working on various projects that support the school.
In 4 years this is the 3rd? principle? Something isnt right. Parent involvement is very low. I personally have sent in notes and calls saying I am available to help in any way and have not been contacted at all this year. The pick up lines after school could use some work, ad also the morning drop off.
It disturbes me to know we are a new school and have had four principals. Also, our school is in one of the wealthiest areas of Limestone County and we still have the threat of losing our Art and Music programs. In addition, parent involvement seems to be low.
Under the leadership of Dr. Gartman Creekside will make steady progress in meeting academic and social goals expected by the splendid community that it serves. Maintaining focus on the cognitive and social development of our yourth is challenging for anyone. There is no one more qualified than Dr. Gartman to provide the leadership needed to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of our youth.
The P.E. Coaches are too hard on the kids. P.E. is all about getting some exercise during the day I'm all for that but how about having some fun too? This is an elementary school not boot camp. The coaches need to ease up and stop being drill sargeants. These are our children.
Creekside is on their fourth principal in three years. This is very disturbing. Consequently, there is very little parent involvement with things such as PTO, etc. due to the ever changing atmosphere. However, they have a good caliber of teacher who strive for their students.
This is a wonderful school that has a staff that really cares about the student's academic and personal growth. The involvement of the parents is outstanding. I highly recommend this school.
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