My children attended C.W. McGraw Elementary School during their primary years. The dedicated, knowledgeable teachers provided them with the foundation necessary to succeed at an honors high school. The welcoming atmosphere, students' sense of purpose, school-wide communication and collaboration among parents, students, teachers, and principal create an environment for educational success.
With so many students being in the low performing category, students who are at or above grade level are not being challenged enough or ignored. Supervision is not adequate on the playground, during lunch or when students are completing makeup work in the classroom. My son has been the victim of several incidences with boys who tease and bully him daily. The principal and teachers do not take bullying as a serious issue, thus putting students in a greater risk category.
Teachers at McGraw do the best they can with the little resources made available to them. It's hard to ask anymore of them. The School District must provide more materials, and less students per class for teachers to really excel.