April 16, 2003
First, I would like to start by saying that these parents do not truly reflect or represent the parents at Collier Elementary. I will have two children at Collier next year, and I have been extremely happy with the education my child has been receiving this year in Kindergarten. The teachers have incorporated many strategies and mediums for all students who have different learning styles. The kindergarten teachers have incorporated music, dance, and art for those students who need visual and/or auditory learning. The teachers also incorporate phonics and whole language as part of there learning styles. The approach is eclectic. The kinder team is awesome. The comments from parents who stated that if a child moves in the area, they will be shipped off to another school is absolutely false. If these parents who commented were educated, rumors would not spread. It is disheartening that a few select parents are reacting to situations rather than being proactive. When the Littleton Elementary School District went for an override, not one of these parents who have commented assisted with the campaign. Most of these parents just complain about how there are no extra-curricular activities, large class sizes, etc., yet, they do absolutely nothing to get these programs at the school. They are reactive, and definitely not proactive. Lastly, the Principal is doing what he can do with a limited budget. He has always been upfront, honest, and straight to the point with the parents at Collier. It is sad that these parents do not appreciate his honesty. These parent need to realize that his hands are tide with most issues because the school was built with State funds. He can not bring anything in like more desk, tables, etc. from the neighboring school because it is not allowed for the first few years. In conclusion, I have been pleased with the administration and the education my child has received. I agree that we have growing pains, and we need to grow in areas; however, the point is, as parents, we need to be positive, proactive, and willing to assist the school in any way possible.
- submitted by a community member