July 20, 2015
Before moving, we experienced 3 teachers; (K, 1st and 2nd).
1. The Redhawk Pledge- an uplifting, high-values mission statement, recited every morning as a school (along w/ the Pledge of Allegiance.)
2. Newer buildings, etc.
3. Wear school-spirit attire Fridays.
4. Of the teachers we had, one I would give a 9, one I would give an 8 and one I would give a 3, (in no particular order.)
1. Major lack of communication between admin/teachers and parents. Very frustrating. For example, there's a music program, but i didn't even known 2nd graders were included until it was too late. What's AR and the million word club?? I had to figure it out on my own.
Sometimes the school has special days to dress up for like Super Hero day but we wouldn't even know till getting to school and seeing a handful of kids dressed up.
(I have mentioned this to the admin, so hopefully -?- this will improve.)
2. Too much screen time in the classroom! I have found out that technology is this school's "emphasis." Technology is an important component to education, but it is unacceptable for kids to be watching hours of shows at school. My child (when in first grade) would come home and tell me they watched Curious George, or Sid the Science Kid, or multiple other shows; and that's on top of the "recreational" shows they would watch at holidays- Halloween, Christmastime, etc.
My other student (K) would tell me they watched a show of a book instead of reading it. Sometimes he would say they watched a book read to them. The teacher (K) would rarely read to them herself.
In 2nd grade, my student watched 3 movies of chapter books they read. Also, in one of the classes, they watched science experiments on the screen instead of actually performing them.
There's some value to an occasional movie to compare/contrast with a book, and other occasional reasons, but when my child is watching more screen time at school than at home, that is not effective teaching.
I have also expressed these concerns to a teacher and then administration when I saw that it wasn't just that one teacher.
3. Kindergarteners are not included in many things like the AR reading program.
4. The drop-off/pick-up procedures can be frustrating with major congestion due to lack of bus use. (It became more bearable once my kids and I created a plan.)
Overall, this school is okay.
- submitted by a parent