I truly believe that the staff and teachers conduct themselves very well and the learning environment at Sundance is great. Let s be accountable for our children s behavior and education (learning does not end at the last bell of the school day). I know many of these teachers who get yelled at, get yelled at for situations that parents have sat on and now are fuming. As parents WE need to communicate to the teacher, we have 1-3(maybe more) children to account for a teacher has maybe 25-30 to account for. Let s help ourselves and our children by being available before there is a problem. Honestly I truly believe the teachers and staff at Sundance care about our children, I ve seen it firsthand. The teachers want our kids to succeed, they want our kids to excel past the classroom, so let s do our part, it will only be a positive if we do so.
I absolutely Hate this school! I have never had this many problems with a school before. The principal never returns calls, the front desk lady is extremely rude, and the outdoor recess people will not protect your children. They need new staff if they want to make this school a success. I am ready to take my child elsewhere.
I believe Sundance has the best teachers and staff that always go beyond what is expected to meet the needs of all kids. The special education team at this school is on the ball! They contact you immediately to ensure that your child's needs are being met. I have yet to see that at any other school. We are happy and know that all kids are loved at Sundance.
The problem with this and other schools in this district ( my kids attended Sundance and Jasinski) is systemic. The tone and attitude set by the district is where a lot of the problems stem from. My daughter was entitled to gifted programming per state law and all she got was harder spelling words that she had to pick out of the dictionary herself. I tried to work with the state, but didn't get much support from them. Honestly, based on the gifted scope and sequence that was filed with the state by the district, I don't know how it wasn't fraud- taking money for programming they never provided. After three years of banging my head against the wall I moved my kids to Verrado elementary and middle school. I'm so glad I did.
teachers are nice principal is verry good i just like the school like everybody especialy my little girls teacher Mis.Gollihare she is jus good really good teacher she knows how to deal with the kids And principal too dont know how enybody cant say something bad about her .She is really good Principal and she putt kids first lady knows what she is doing .I hear from somebody that principal before her was nothing no good for nothing but sinc she come school is better and better love it she is so sweet lady and teachers really do theach the kids of corse paremt need to help to to work with the kids at home .
I actually feel bad for the staff. I have never been in a neighborhood where there were more disrespectful kids and parents. Its shocking to say the least! I have volunteered in both my sons classrooms where the students are cussing at the teacher or making faces at her or flipping the bird. Mind you I am talking about 1st and 3rd graders!! My children have been attending this school for 5 years... we have had some horrible teachers and some incredible teachers. There is obvious racism. My kids have been bullied for being white. The staff seems overwhelmed with the amount of students in each room,25 students to 1 teacher is ridiculous. Little supervision on playground or in classrooms. The PTO or PTA is non existent. You are NEVER notified of meetings, staff has no clue when they are. You are better off homeschooling!
I am a second grade teacher at Sundace and I would hope that if one of my parents was that unhappy with the education their child was receiving, that they would come speak with me. Sundance is filled with caring teachers looking to make a difference in children's lives. I love my career and I hope my students love coming to school! :)
horrible school!!!! very behind. I have a second grader and they are learning what she learned in first grade. Can't wait to take my child out of this school ASAP.
This is my first year in this school district. I have a 2nd and 3rd grader attending this school. I have classed and spoke with the teachers, principal assistant prinicipal. We get a one sheet print out of paper for reports cards which hardly tells you anything. I am told they got a superintendant and maybe next year they will switch to standardized report cards where you can actually see which part of a certain subject they may or may not be having problems in. As a Parent i feel I am under informed on how my child in doing academicly and behavior in school. I am frustrated that there homework is being sent home in cursive and they are not learning cursive because the teachers words are there is just to many other things to learn and i just don't have time.
The teachers and staff are nice, however, there is almost no homework for my 2nd grader, and my first grader gets a packet that he completes in 2-3 days. Parents are not really involved and the PTO does not advertise when the meetings are so that the parents can attend. As for the gifted and talented program, students spend their lunch hour going over additional activities to keep them stimulated. My children's needs are not seen to....(they both perform above grade level). The PTO does not readily accept outside ideas to help fundraise for the school.
I am also going to have to agree with the last parents comment. As far as text books are concerned, I strongly agree that they are needed. I am very much involved in my daughters schoolwork and it is hard for me to see how classroom curriculum is being taught? I'd like to stay on the same page as the teacher's rahter then showing my child my way of understanding. It causes confusion and fustration for both parent and child. Text books would be a vitale instrument in there daily learning!
How can any parent give this school more than one star. There are great teachers and there are not so great teachers. The teachers expect these kids to write every thing down take homework home but yet they have no text books to help them learn and retain the information better. I find this school to be very poorly due to not having any textbooks to rely on. How do you know what your child is learning if there are not any textbooks. Parent involvment are not without text books you dont really know what your child is learning. What you have to look at their notebooks and read what they written from the teachers board and the printed out papers that the teachers give them. Again I strongly believe and alot of other parents too Believe without textbooks your child isnt learning or retaining the information as they should!
My two oldest children attend Sundance Elementary and, with the exception of one teacher who insists on bringing her religious beliefs into the classroom, I like their teachers very much. That being said, I have to say that the school's gifted program is pretty much non-existent. The district needs to look into starting a self-contained gifted program instead of asking teachers who have little or no experience working with gifted students to just give gifted students additional/harder work. I also had to remind the administrators and the teachers that although my children will learn from occasionally helping others, they should not be used as teaching assistants. The biggest problem that the district has is that there is so much focus on the AIMS tests that the teachers don't have time to teach anything else. My son took a French elective for six weeks and didn't learn a word of French.
I am a parent of three children that attend Sundance. I feel like my children have not learned anything being at this school. There are some great teachers but no help or support for them. They have no direction. Ms. Casey is not doing a good job, she is never there. They dont tell us parents anything. Yesterday was there last award assembly and they did not tell any of the parents.
I too am concerned about this school. The principal is very hard to get ahold of. The teachers are spending hours on curriculum. Kudos to the district for adopting a reading curriculum, but how about writing, grammer, social studies, and a math program that acutally shows results. Our children are going into middle and high school with no basic math skills. And yes, you can go to the PTA meeting, only to find the teachers on the board and a limited amount of caring parents. There are alot of excellent teachers at sundance whose own teaching philosophys have been shadowed by one single minded philosphy that may not work for everyone.
The previous comment sounds like a disgruntled parent that needs to find something else to do with their time. If she/he would attend board meetings or PTA meetings she/he may be aware that Buckeye School District do have curriculum and will also add a reading series to the curriculum next year. Ms. Casey is doing a great job along with her team of teachers and student dean. If you're so unhappy maybe you should consider a different school. The principal has always returned my phone calls in a timely manner and follows up. Mr. Kemmer is also great with the students at Sundance.
I am very concerned about the acedemic progress of my children at Sundance Elementary school. Not only is the curriculum non-exsistent, but so is the principal. Maybe if the district saw fit to put in an assistant principal it would free up the administration to spend some time with the students and parents instead of whatever it is they do that keeps them locked away all day. I fell like I am trying to get ahold of a celeberty each time I try to get in touch with the principal. Also what is it with not having any curriculum for our children. Correct me if I am wrong but shouldn't teachers have support in the classroom. I can not fathom the amount on time that the teachers must spend picking up the slack for a district that cares so little for the children parents and staff.
I would like to add to my previous review by adding they are trying and going through 'growing pains'. And I hope it all works out. As a parent, I, we, have the responsibility to give our children the best chance's we can and to sacrafice for them. Then it is their responsibilty to hopefully utilize the tools they are given. I wish everyone at Sundance the best of luck.
My children have attended this school from the moment the doors opened and the growing pains have been difficult. I am beginning to see a wonderful improvement in the teaching staff especially the ones who have gone through so many transistions in this school. Their dedication to our children goes above and beyond what is expected of them. The curriculm does seem to be on a lower level than what other districts teach and their isn't much of an honor program. Our children need text books for the basics, one teacher stated that books don't work, then tell me why colleges use them to teach the next generation of doctors, lawyers and teachers! Many parents and teachers will agree, they do work.
I have been in this community since the school opened. What they went through the first two years was an absolute joke. The district did not support the teachers or administration and the state was defunct of any fairness in building a school fast enough to help the growth issues. I have heard people place blame on the past administrators and praise the new principal as though she has done miracles. Well, I guess when your student population goes from nearly 1500 to only 900, I could look like a miracle worker too if I were in those shoes. We will see if the principal is doing as well as all of the other 'parents' claim when the test scores come out. I wonder, are all of those wonderful reviews from parents who are in the principal's back pocket? Are they staged to make the school look good. Hum???
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