The way this school is being ran is just sad. Like many parents have wrote on here the quality of teachers is very low and the principal nor the superintendent do anything to fix the issues. The teachers here bully students and are allowed to. There is no one regulating them. Like other parents have said, the only main concern is the state test scores, which they constantly bring up, "this will be on the test!" That is basically what they are learning for, the state test at the end of the year. The year is just a big prep for this test which is what they all talk about there. So yes if you would like to send your child to a school with high state test scores then this may be the place for you. But if you would like to send your child to a school with great teachers, helpful principal and a fun and exciting way of learning then don't send them to Macy. And if you are to send your child here, I would definitely get parent feedback on which teachers to steer clear of. There's a few with horrible reps so it won't be hard to know who to not get!
After reading some comments, I had to respond because there is a misunderstanding as to how much freedom a teacher has. Most of the negative comments are about things that are out of our hands. The school board decides how much homework we must assign, whether or not to fund after school activities, how many field trips we can take (and our PTA funds these trips), and how we teach. No teacher likes giving homework. No teacher is happy with how we must deliver our instruction, and we would love to go on more field trips. We simply have to follow the directives of the school board. If we do not, then we are called to task by our principal. As for the teachers not caring, I personally take offense to this. Many of us easily put in 3 to 5 hours extra at school each day. Then we easily put in 2 to 3 hours at home each night and easily work one full day over the weekends. We will all work over the upcoming holiday vacation. We do care. We do love our jobs and our students. I have only seen dedication in every teacher at this school and I have been here for 17 years.
If your student is an straight A student, they will do fine at Macy. However, don't expect the teachers to teach. All they do is regurgitate information or problems and never take the time to see if the students understand. They do not call on the kids to make sure the students understand. Of course, they ask "does everyone understand?" Naturally, the children do not like to raise their hands to say they don't understand so the teacher keeps on spewing problems. Why don't we just teach using video recorded lesson plans? It would be the same. They don't teach, they preach. And as far as homework, it is recommended by the NEA that 20 minutes for 2nd grade and 10 minutes for each year after. Every night a 4th grader has 20 minutes of reading log and summary, 10 min, of Family Time, 20 minutes of math, 20 minutes of Word Study chart, 10 minutes to study spelling words, 10 minutes to study science and/or social studies. This does not even include the time needed to study for tests/quiz. That comes out to 90 minutes per night. No wonder why kids feel so bogged down and grow weary of learning. By the time they are in 6th grade, they are studying 3 hours per night.
Not impressed with teachers following through/keeping the commitments touted in the 1st parent night. For example, they said they would return calls or e-mail by next day. Most email replys are days late and even a week late (how does that help with an assignment question?), and rarely returned phone calls. Extra help just not there - teachers' actions seemed like they didn't care to deal with it. Principal also very slow in responses. Not sure how they manage to reflect their scores,... teach to the test maybe, how many kids taking different tests b/c of special ed, or kids must be genius, b/c the teaching is lacking in some of the grades. - Parent involvement is a plus but cliquish. It's an OK school. Teachers don't hear it, but lots of inapproprate language on campus, some bullying, and over provocative dressing by little girls. Is the school as good as implied, no. It's so-so.
It is an excellent school with a good record for giving a quality elementary education.
I am so extremely impressed with the parent involvement, the principal and the staff. Everybody works so well together.
Interesting reviews... I had to put in my own two cents, being a teacher at this school.. The entire faculty is a team, from our awesome principal, office manager, librarian, nurse, and custodians, to our teachers and support assistants... We are all different people with different strengths and talents, and that should be noted and considered when reviewing any school for individual! Go Macy! Oh... and my own daughter is a proud Macy Eagle!
I have had children at Macy since 1997. It's a wonderful school. The teachers and principal are excellent. I highly recommend this school. Parent involvement is amazing. They have a very good music program. You won't be disappointed with this school.
The principal is great, which make the school excellent. I feel like we are the big family; the relationship between parents, teacher, principal, and the staffs are very close. The PTA is very strong, which help the teachers and the students. We have Science-On-the-Go several times a year, science fair, reading program, book fair, reflection, and a lot more activities for the students, which are provided by PTA. We have so many fundraising in the past couple years, because we are making a new playground, and all the fundraising are benefited the students of Macy School. This school has helped raise my children in a very positive environment. We're proud to be part of Macy's family. Keep it up! Outstanding school!
We have had an excellent experience with Macy Elementary. The principal really connects with the students and the teachers stay on task and teach! We would like to see more physical education; however, we understand that this is not just a local issue. There is a great deal of parent involvement and all functions really give families a
Some teachers at this school are bad and others are great - do your homework before the school year starts.
Very outstanding school and enriches children with academics and activities.
Quality of school has gone down drastically. Test Scores are the only priority. There is a lack of quality teachers and the principal does not back parents with any issues or take responsibility for them. Very little if any extracurricular activities anymore. Too many fundraisers also.
As parents of a student at Macy, we are extremely disappointed of the quality of teachers available. Obviously there is a problem that the principal and district have not addressed. From our own experience, we have contacted the principal on a few occassions of concern with our child to only get no response!
Our two sons have had excellent experiences at Macy. Both have had outstanding teachers and the principal provides great leadership. The GATE program is challenging to advanced pupils. The school's unique character development program reinforces the training the receive at home, through Scouts and at church. There is a high level of parental involvement and many parents volunteer their time at the school. Wish they had more extracurricular programs, but budgets are pinched. Overall a very positive environment for kids.
The principal provides strong guidelines for the children and they follow. It's a high achieving school so if you have a low kid they will stick out. Overall very good.
Macy is a great school! My kids enjoy going there and my husband and I are very happy with Macy.
I went to Macy as a child so I decided to send my daughter there also. My daughter and I love it. She's getting a VERY good education and the teachers and staff are always willing to help and support you. Macy is the school to be in!
Have been very pleased, very good academics. Would like to see more field trips, sports, etc.
This next year will be our 10th year at Macy, with 4 more to go. Great PTA - parent involvement in classrooms other than Kindergarten mostly involve making photocopies in the office - hands-on classroom help is extremely limited. State scores are the school's main priority. Crowded classrooms (like every public school), therefore students are treated more like a number than an individual. Great school library and computers.
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