January 28, 2009
This is in response to the two reviews posted in September of 2008. My two children have attended San Jose Elementary. My first child graduated 3 years ago and had the privilege to have Ms. Shambra as principal, and my other child who currently still attends the school has had the privilege of having Ms. Shambra as well as our new principal Ms. Johnson. They both are great principals.As far as discipline, it starts at home; discipline I feel is a top priority at the school, currently the principal has implemented Project Wisdom which if you are around the school about 8:15 in the morning you will hear the daily message that is over the loud speaker that shares messages that allow and encourage the children to reflect on various topic such as respect, responsibility, confidence, courage and honesty which in return will reduce disciplinary problems. Our teaching staff is great; thru my children, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the teachers. We as parents need to appreciate our teachers, as they are tasked to educate our kids, stay up to date with the school curriculum that continues to get more complex every year. All the gates locked - society has changed and due to that fact all the gates are maintained lock for the safety of our kids, parents are always welcomed and encouraged to volunteer at the school, but of course you must sign-in in the office. I as a parent appreciate the fact that just not anyone can walk on campus. As far as non-English speaking parents and communication with other parents. The school caters to various ethnic background and children with learning disabilities and challenges. Although there are many parents that do not speak English, there are many parents that do speak English, and many that are bilingual. The school does not cater to the Spanish speaking; it caters to the community that surrounds it. I encourage you to get more involved so you can see first hand what a great school San Jose Elementary is, attend the monthly PTA meetings, Second cup of Coffee, and other events at the school. Safety, discipline and education of the children are top priority, but it all starts at HOME and working with the school administration and teachers.
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