Holly Cybulski, January 25, 2013
Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary operates under a very special mission statement that staff, parents, and community members worked together on in the Spring of 2012. It reads: Valuing community and academic excellence, the mission of Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School is to inspire and educate each child to be a vibrant part of a community of life-long learners who embrace stewardship of their world, and develop creative problem-solving skills and confidence through a focus on the whole child mind, body, heart that includes innovative instruction, strong character development and essential family participation in a safe, supportive environment. We promise to live by this creed and do everything in our power to make sure we focus on the whole child - mind, body, heart at all times. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to work with you.
I have complained that my daughter's teacher put her hands on her and I don't feel like anything has been resolved. This teacher has worked at Dewey for many years, probably longer than most there. My daughter is afraid to go to school, I don't blame her at all. These are little kids and they don't need their teachers grabbing at them or anything of the sort. I hope these mean teachers will retire, quit, or get fired. The office staff seem over worked and can be pretty short but I feel it's because they have too much work. The principal is ok although I haven't really seen much action.
I love this school, and as far as the cliquey parents thing goes, get over it. If you are meaning the PFO moms sign up and attend some meetings and participate these ladies do a lot for our kids and I'm not even a PFO member.
We love this school! Our children have been attending for 6 years. We have been active in the community of the school and appreciate the personal attention our family always receives when we go into the office. The teachers are attentive and open to suggestions. The principal is open and willing to listen and help when we need it. I've never had less then wonderful interactions with the office staff. We love this school and couldn't be happier!
Our rating is mediocre though we love many of the staff due to the clique nature of some staff & parents. We volunteer A LOT and have more than 1 child at Dewey. Teachers such as Willet, Butts, Gardener are amazing!! LOVE them. We found teachers like Bennett unapproachable. Glad Mr. A is gone. Lots of bullying and lack of playground supervision are a problem. Office staff is rude. Still Dewey is better than other schools... hence, 3 stars.
This school could be excellent with all the parent volunteers who make it possible to be about par with average schools. Office women are rude and dismissive. A lot bully issues, is right! Principal smiles but not as affective as she could be. Could name a few teachers/staff who were right to retire and a few who should; Bennett is one. My step child is in this class and her brother had her last year. Kids think she is mean and hate school. We've helped on the playground where supervision is poor. We do what we can. Certain parents are clique-y.. Has so much potential and so many parents who want to help out. Why the managing staff can't get it there, is a question for the ages. The response is "Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to work with you," but that is a farce. Come on, leadership, we wanna get behind you!!! Step it up to make a 5 star school. Not everyone is going to be gungho, but Dewey has so many willing parents.
I have three children that attend this school and I could not be happier with the way the teacher's interact with my children. The homework assignments go hand in way with the day's lesson plan and each assignment is geared to helping the children grow. This school does not do "busy" work. The principal is amazing, friendly, and AVAILABLE to parents. My children are lucky to be in this school and proud to be Dewey Tigers!
Overall, I am satisfied with most of the school. I am happy to see that the new principal is bringing about a positive environment and is open to parent communication. I was not at all happy with the last principal. My fifth grader is mostly happy with the school, teachers, and classmates. My child does complain that the teacher has a short temper and is afraid to bring up certain issues that my child is having. I have met the teacher and felt the teacher was a positive role model for my child but my child doesn't see it that way. I've had a few run-ins with the school's secretary in which she was quite rude to me, so much so that it left me speechless.
Dewey is awesome! My kids have always loved their teachers, I love that! I've been happy with the school for the most part. The parent participation is wonderful, the new principal is super, the teachers and staff are amazing! I do, however, agree with several of the other parents here. The office lady is extremely short and rude. I know I can't mention names, and I hate to even say this but I am very put off by her. Parents have to sign in and sign out in the office anytime we go on campus, which means dealing with the office staff. One of my kids has complained about her as well. I understand she has alot on her plate, but kindness goes a long way, rudeness does not. I want my kids to feel comfortable going into the office if they need to, one of my kids does not want to for any reason. Dewey is a wonderful place for kids, I just wish they'd address this issue.
My daughter is having such a hard time in this school. The first two weeks she was physically assaulted by a group of kids at least three times. When I went to the office to get answers, I was brushed off. They told me I need to contact her teacher and schedule an appointment to discuss the matter with her. Lately she has been coming home crying several days a week because now girls in her classroom are picking on her and chasing her around campus. She asked her teacher if she could go into another room where they send students to work by themselves, the teacher said no. She asked the teacher if she could go sit and work in the office, she said no. She asked the teacher if she could call me, she said no. I said, "well, what did your teacher say or do?". And apparently all the teacher said was "Awwww, I'm sorry", then stuck her in the corner! Said or did nothing to the girls picking on her. The school has placed a big banner out in front of the school about not tolerating, and encourages all to report bullying . But it doesn't seem like they have the interest in doing anything about stopping it! Plus the parking lot during pickup is enough to make you go CRAZY! It's RIDICULOUS!
i think office ladys should be nicer too people but i like the school mostly and my kids like there teachers and have many friends but sometimes too much homework but its ok i dont mind helping my kids i like the principle and teachers i just dont realy like office lady but its ok
I disagree with the last comment posted. This school loves children and is passionate about educating kids. The staff and principal are caring and always willing to work with families to ensure kids receive a great education. They do it in a caring environment that is approachable and open.
Our daughter just completed kindergarten at Dewey and my wife, daughter and I could not be more pleased with the school and teachers. We are proud to be a part of the Dewey family.
Today I attended Dewey for Kindergarden visitation. I am going to appeal the open enrollment results and open enroll my son in Dewey. I am very upset that my son did not get in Cowan, as they reduced the number of K classrooms from 3 to 2 for 2012-2013 (parents voted on that so they can keep the school small). Fundamental education is important to me, therefore I was interested in visiting Dewey. The three K teachers that I met were wonderful. The office staff was very helpful , and answered all of my questions - I spoke with two ladies there. The campus looks old, indeed, but that is not really a factor that will affect our children's education. I can not say anything about the parents, though, as I did not meet any. Even though I will have to drive further, I hope my son makes it into Dewey.
I love the office staff, Dewey has a lot of parents that volunteer and are coming into the office all day signing in and putting on their stickers. If you need assistance speak up, they are more than willing to help out.
The office staff needs to be more attentive when parents go into the office. Sometimes they sit there, chatting, while there are parents standing there needing assistance. I'm happy with the rest of the school, pretty much. Certainly, Dewey isn't the super school I was lead to believe it was.
Wow, it's funny and it's not about the people who make these judgmental comments without really getting involved in the school. This is a very well operated school from top down. I'm sorry for negative comments. This school goes beyond making sure that the kids parents or guardians are kept-up with current and up-coming school events by distributing this information through hand-outs. The school principle makes phone calls & sends out a Dewey Tiger booklet that must be signed and brought back to the kids teachers the next day. This is a very strong parent participation school. Me & my wife have been involved with this school for the last seven years. Each year there are changes just like anywhere else. But, the staff (under-staffed) people that work in the office well go out of there way when time permits. This is a very professional type school that rewards all that attend, including parents. Try coming to a award assembly &/or back to school night, or the many other events that the school and parents but together before making any further judgements. Get involved!. Thanks Dewey for your excellence in teaching my children. Keep up the great work!!!
I agree about the office staff at Dewey Elementary. They're very rude and short. They're the first impressing given when visiting the school and my impression is they don't want to do their job and they don't like people coming into the office. Well, excuse me!
I too believe that the staff needs to be accountable for their actions as well. Not so much all the teaching staff but the office staff. I have had numerous problems with them about not being professional and favoring students and treating others wrongly right in front of these children. What kind of example is that setting for our children! This year Dewey has really let us down!
Overall, Dewey is an average school. However, in the last few years, there has been a new influx of below average teachers. Many of the good teachers have either retired or withdrawn from Dewey. With that said, there appears to be an ever increasing attitude of superiority relaying a message that they may not always be correct, but they are never wrong. The politics tends to sicken me as many valid issues are distorted and/or swept under the rug, depending on the person and the situation. I read and hear a lot of virtuous words and moral rhetoric, yet none of it applies to the staff so much for accountability. Children need to be taught by example, not by the use of empty words and superficial rhetoric. The principle is the worst offender! Unfortunately, this disease is rampant throughout the schools in California and in many other states as well.
I have been impressed by the staff at this school several times I am a grandparent.
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