Students who act up and stop other children from learning do not get punished. My daughter told me how a boy in her class hit another child in the privates and was not suspended. I even hear about how when teachers call security that no one comes. The teachers do not want to stay at that school, either. Each year there are lots of new teachers. There is no gangs, but it is not like the kids are learning much when bad students prevent teachers from doing their job and the principal doesn't do anything. I'm not Hispanic but no one in the office speaks Spanish. The principal does not try to get parents involved. We don't hear anything about what's going on.
Any parent/student considering this school has to be out of their minds. My home got broken into. (see how often police are at the school). I hear terrible language as students hit the street (Can only imagine what is happening in class). Friend said the principal never keeps his word to the parents. Frustrating for the community because we are paying for better. Please do something board of ed.
I like this school, but there are some things I don't like. Many students are rude, disrespectful, and could care less about their grades. Some teachers are unfair. Nobody likes the principal and vice. There's too many fights this year than last year. This is my last year in Winton. I doubt the 7th graders would ever take 8th grade seriously. -.-
This School Is Hella Fun And Yes I Do Go Here! :D I Think It Is A Great School Filled With Great Students And There Are Some Good Teachers But Some Teachers Need To Go Back To School To Learn How To Teach Cuz They Just Yell At Us An Say Do This And They Dnt Give Details Or Examples.... HORRIBLE! But Other Then That It Is A Great School!
I attended Winton Middle School from 03 to 05 and I detest every negative comment that has been posted about this school. In terms of education I can state unequivocally that Winton Middle School offers a very competitive and thorough education. The schools reputation is so renowned that other students from around the area were transferring into the school while I was attending. The only downside that one might feel Winton has is its student body (which may or may not be a little ghetto); however, I am going to lay those "fears" to rest by giving you a comparative example. After growing up in Hayward (shortly after graduating from Winton) my family and I moved to Eugene OR which is a polar opposite to Hayward. The school was 70% white, and there was absolutely no diversity (white people are weak). The student body at Winton is very diverse which is a VERY good thing, the teachers are excellent (unless if you by a rare chance get stuck with a teacher from another country who has trouble with English), the dances are the BEST (PS white people have no rhythm see above), for me Winton was a very fun and positive experience that I would not hesitate to go back to if I had the chance.
I would never recommend Winton Middle School to anyone. The principal is completely unavailable and never return calls. I understand the Econimic situation is stressful, but the teachers act like they do not appreciate their jobs. God forbid they need to go an extra mile for a student! In my opinion they simply clock in, unhapily perform their jobs @ a substandard level & clock out..........period
I agree with EVERYTHING written here. But t he teachers are not the bad people the students are!!! And I'm a STUDENT currently going to Winton AND I LOVE IT. My favorite teacher there is Mr.LEE!!!!!!( HATE TO SEE HIM LEAVE NEXT YEAR!)
I'm still undecided about my daughter returning, some of the teachers there, I feel don't really know their subject, definitely needs better leadership, and teachers.
My child will not be returning to this school next year. I am an active parent. I am on a first name basis with Mr. West as well as Ms. Tess. I'm friendly with majority of the adminstration there. I volunteer at school dance and anywhere else that's needed. The lack of strong teachers is just one of the many problems my child has. This school needs better leaders and teachers.
As the school year draws to an end, I leave feeling very disappointed. Some classes have been taught all year long by various substitute teachers. The principal is unreliable and doesn't return phone calls. I agree with earlier comments, Ms. Tess is great, but it takes more than one person to make a school work.
My biggest concern is that there are not enough textbooks for the students to take home. Therefore, little to no homework is ever assigned because they don't have their own textbook.
I completely agree with everything mentioned here about Principal West. However things have been alot better this year for my child. I've had multiple conversations with Vice Principal Lisa Tess and she seems to truly care about the students. Sure the school has had some issues in the past, but I am very pleased with how the school year is going so far, and I am confident that it will only get better for my daughter during the rest of her time there.
This school puts every student in a 'family' a group of teachers that work together and with the parents to help the students.
I'm very disappointed with this school. My daughter is a student at Winton Middle School, and I'm not happy with the quality of education. The teachers appear overworked, and Principal Donald West seems to never be at the school. He has cancelled multiple appointments with me and whenever I go to the office, I am told he has either not shown up to school yet or is 'out.' I believe Winton is in need of better leadership.
This school year has started out to be unsatisfactory. Half of my son's teachers are long term substitutes. Last year, two of his classes never had a permanent teacher. Many of the great teachers from previous years are now gone. My boy never comes home with homework because he says they don't do much in class.
The campus has been newly repainted and there are new bulletin boards up to make the school look better. While Winton is looking better than it has in the past, it has its share of problems. However, I applaud the efforts of the parents. Most of the parents are working class working 12-14 hours a day, but they still manage help when they can.
The teachers at Winton last year were amazing. Unfortunately, many of them will not be at Winton this year. I was disappointed with Donald West's leadership.
My child will be starting his 8th grade year in August, and I'm hoping things changed since last year. The teachers at Winton went above and beyond to encourage the students to do the best that they possibly can. A number of teachers took the time to stay after school with my son to help him with his homework and assignments. I would encourage any other parents to find other alternatives.
The teachers at Winton are great. They work hard for the kids. The principal, however, has not been very successful at this school. Winton was literally in chaos last year. Never in my life have I been so misinformed about school events, and when I would ask other parents or teachers they rarely knew themselves.
'As of 2007, Donald West has been by far one of the worst principals. He is completely out of touch with our students and our community. We were greatly disappointed to find out that he has literally done nothing to prepare our kids for the Star Testing. The school is poorly run. Parents are frequently misinformed of important dates, or we are not informed until the day before.
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