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Parkview Elementary School1
Posted March 24, 2014
- a parent
The administration at this school is very unprofessional. The principal does not like to interact with any parent. She does not handle bullying the way it should be. She will only call the parents of the child that is doing the bullying and will not inform the parents of the child that is being bullied. We had to learn from our child that she had been taken to the principals office when we had picked her up from school. When we confronted the principal about this, she told us that she does not contact the victim's parents only the child who is doing the bullying. This is not right and we let her know how we felt and she tries to avoid the issue. Please watch your child to see if they start to act differently. On another note, the school had held to many lockdowns that we feel were unnecessary, which has traumatized our child severly. There was one week when there was a lockdown everyday. We were told that they were not drills.
I do not recommend this school. My 2 children had a horrible experience. The teachers are nice to your face and make it seem like they care and are helping the children but when you are not around it is another story. Both my kids were miserable and are begging me to home school them. The ladies in the office are not friendly at all. The only good experience the kids and I had is with the resource teacher. She was excellent and my kids loved her. I am in the process of trying to find another school for them.
This school is really a mess, and likely a disaster waiting to happen if leadership is not changed soon. I agree with most posts here, however I do not blame the teachers or staff. The office in my opinion is great, and my kids have had adequate teachers who do what they can with NO leadership OR support from the top. Principal does everything others here accuse her of. Avoids calls, quotes district manuals like a parrot, pawns parents off on the office staff, etc. This school loses a huge chunk of its teachers every year, this coming year there are rumors two entire grade levels of teachers are not returning. Referrals sit for weeks on end. While principal was on leave this yr several A/P's subbed for her and had to clear out "stacks of sitting referrals" in Jan/Feb some of which had sat there since Oct/Nov. Discipline is a non-issue to her and when it is dealt with everyone is "punished" including victims. Bullies are given 2-3 day suspensions and a slap on the hand. Parkview averaged 1.5 lockdowns a month in the fall semester this year. Students who should be suspended long term or sent to the alt. school run wild with no consequences. Countryside it is for us next yr
I agree with every complaint on this board. The principal does not give a care in the world to any parent. The teachers are able to talk to their students however they feel and when you try to take it up with the principal she ignores your calls or calls you at 7pm at night when you are not expecting a business related call to happen - she does this so she never actuall has to speak with you. THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE. The teachers/staff I have had experience with has been nothing more then I would expect in a jailhouse school.
My son has been attending Parkview since the 3rd grade (he is currently in the 7th grade). Up until this year, I would have given the school a high satisfaction level. However, bullying is not taken seriously by the administration at this school. My son has been bullied and physically assaulted relentlessly by 2 boys since August of 2012. It is now the end of January 2013 and there have never been any solid disciplinary actions against either bully (not even the ones outlined in the Dysart School District's Handbook). The principal ignores parent's concerns as well as avoiding phone calls, not returning phone calls, and/or not making follow-up calls about incidents. Anybody above her in the Dysart Administration looks to placate you, ignore you, or give you the runaround. The principal also has no problem lying about teachers witnessing assaults (to the police). My son was assaulted, witnessed and a written report filed by a teacher. When I got the police involved, the principal told them that, "there were no teacher or adult witnesses." This school (and the entire district) needs to have its administration replaced with people willing to do their jobs.
Office staff unfriendly an rude , stood there waiting for help while all the ladies talked about thier personal lives , seems to me they need to reevaluate the staffs job an responsibilities ! On my daughters first day of second grade te teacher sent her to the bathroom alone an the poor kid was so lost I mean come on !
This school was not the best experience. Between the very large class sizes and lack of communication I felt like I wan't being the parent I should be by having my child continue here. My child always has very high grades and when for the first time ever they went down it was a red flag (whoch was also a shock after seeing a report card have having no idea things were goong downhill). Turns out there were issues from bullying that was not taken seriously and in addition to this my child was very bored and not being challenged at all and was quickly growing to dislike school in general. I will say the principle was very nice and caring, but at this point I think this particular school has more issues then one person can fix. I have elected to move to a private school and after seeing all the new school has to offer for the first time in a long while my child is excited about school again. She is also looking forward to a huge emphesis on character and uniforms to put all kids on one level. I am sad to say we were over due in leaving this school. I hope things get better.
I think the school board needs to academically review teachers at this school. I am a very unhappy parent, my son attended school 2 years here and it was terrible. Before I moved him he was almost failing 5th grade. It came to me as a shock becaues I was never told or warned up until they said he is failing. According to this school he was not meeting his grade level. I decided to switch him schools and it has only been 2 months and my son has made student of the month. Took state test and met all required scoring.
I am more frustrated and disappointed with every interaction I have with this school. Parent involvement is not wanted here. Their policy seems to be to do whatever it takes to keep parents out. First, smile, nod and say whatever they want to hear to get em to leave and if that doesn't work, treat em like a criminal and they'll leave for sure! And this is where I'm supposed to leave my child? Teachers lie to your face about what's happening in the classroom, the administration can't figure out what they're doing, tell you to jump through hoops, then tell you you're not allowed to be there. It's not just incompetence, it's a lazy disregard of parents.
This School is bad, bad from its inept administration, to its neglectful teachers. My child is constantly bullied and despite talking to teachers and staff nothing gets done other than blaming and punishing the student that is the victim. When you go up the chain of command for the district you get passed around because no one wants to do anything. This school needs a complete overhaul from the top down and accountability for their actions.