I have been extremely disappointed with the leadership of this school. My son as gone for three years and each year is worse. We are trying every avenue that is feasible to get out of this school. I agree with many of you that the principal is not approachable and communication between administration, teachers and parents is terrible. You ask no questions, you get no answers. You ask questions, you still don't get answers.
Our children are entering third grade at Spinelli and we are so glad they are there! They both have some special education needs and we have found the teachers, administration, district personnel, and everyone else involved with our children to be wonderful, caring individuals with each child's best interests at heart.
This is my daughter's first year at this school. I am very pleased with the way her teacher, Ms. Jensen, has treated her. She is an only child, so has had some problems adjusting from her old school. Ms. Jensen has been caring and understanding when it comes to my daughter's problems. The staff at Spinelli is also very caring and helpful. I have a lot of respect for everyone who works at this school. Another thing that I like is that all the children are from varying backgrounds, but are all treated with the same respect. Great people, great kids!
My two kids have been there for the past two years. The teachers they have had, Jensen, Mason, Benato and Wall have been great. I haven't had alot of contact with the Principal, she doesnt seem approachable though. On the other hand the Vice Principal is a neat lady. I am pretty satisfied with my girls education but we keep in contact with the teachers too.
My son is currently in first grade at Spinelli. Both his current teacher, Ms. Anderson, and his kindergarten teacher, Ms. Lewis, are wonderful. I couldn't say enough good things about them. However, the administration as well as many of the other teachers at Spinelli are horrible. I am withdrawing my son to home school him, something I never though I would do, because the behavior of much of the staff is nothing short of frightening and disgusting. I am sure there are worse schools out there, but not many. If you have a choice don't send your child there and if you don't have choice don't be surprised by anything that happens to them.
The entire staff of the school is very knowlegeable of the numerous special programs this school offers and are actively involved with the schools extracurricular activities. My daughter left this school with a great education and love for school.
The office staff (especially Miss Teresa) are great. They are all very kind to students and parents. The teachers are very good. The only bad thing I could say about this school is that the principals avoid parents.