This school seems to be getting more kids enrolled and not enough teachers. This year they formed a combo class of 2nd/3rd grade. Teacher for that class seems great, but many parents are stll skeptical as to if the kids will benefit from a combo class or not.
The teachers at this school work hard to provide a high quality education to their students. They are constantly striving to go beyond. Not all of the parents seem to recognize this, and expect the red carpet treatment for their child with no accountability. Checking homework and signing an agenda are the least they can do to play an active roll in their child's education. Any sort of discipline is frowned upon by parents, yet they fail to respectfully discuss any issues with teachers IN PERSON instead of by E-mail, and minimally follow through at home with their piece of the puzzle. Teachers are there to instruct, guide, and support their students. So what is the parents job in all this?
The teachers and staff are mean and lazy! I'm a student and if we forget something or we didn't listen we had to go outside the classroom 2 get yelled at by a teacher or go outside ad stay on a fence the whole entire break! We had 2 get an agenda signed and if we didn't, we had to go on the fence! All the teachers do is go on their phone or laptop!
Certain teachers are very harsh with the discipline when the kids forget stuff. Forget your homework paperwork at school, you are banished to lean against a chain link fence for the whole recess; forget to get a parent signature, get on the fence; agenda not signed, get on the fence. Is this a school or a prison? Make a minor, non-behavioral mistake, go lean against the fence in the hot sun for the whole recess. And it is not all teachers who do it but the burnt out teachers who expect perfection. No other school that I'm aware of uses this type of discipline for forgetful students. Time for some of the teachers who can no longer deal with imperfect kids to retire. In fact, greatschools has an article (link below) by Dr. Lisa Hunter, Columbia Child psychiatrist, and she recommends positive reward systems for forgetfulness. Negative reinforcement, such as fence banishment, is a throwback to the 70s. http://www.greatschools.org/parenting/behavior-discipline/1350-fourth-grader-is-forgetful.gs
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.
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.
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