Hello, I am a teacher at VDM and I am so very proud of our staff and our students. Last year, out of 14 elementary schools in the district, our school posted the largest growth on the state test, 39 points. Are we perfect? No. Do we have a long way to go? Yes. I can honestly say I have never worked with a more dedicated and vision oriented staff. Regarding the previous posting with information about a special education teacher, in the three years I have been there, no special education teacher has been carried away in a padded van, let alone fired. Similarly, please let it be known that all teachers are mandated CPS reporters, and NO, principals do not have to be notified when a teacher calls CPS. In fact, whenever anyone calls CPS the person making the report will always have his/her identity protected. I personally have called CPS in my 17 years of teaching. In each case, I took each incident extremely seriously, AND I did not have to notify anyone except the CPS case worker I was talking to. So please, before you judge our school so harshly and write erroneous statements, I'd encourage you to come to the school and visit your child's teacher and make your own judgements.
My son attended this school in the Special Education Program. His teacher reported every single student's parents in that class to CPS, for "neglect". The Teacher ended up getting carted away in a padded van, (No kidding!) during school hours. The Principal was also in on this, as a teacher needs a Principal's permission to call CPS and had been fired after that year. After the crazy teacher who had said the kids were trying to poison her was gone. They had substitute after substitute for months. Then the district hired a fresh out of school Teacher who has no clue what she was doing. Special Needs kids need a constant, not 8 million subs and a then a teacher who has no idea what she is doing. I was so happy when my son was transferred out to Landau for 4th and 5th grade. What an amazing difference! Not that Landau is that great, but I think any school would be better than Vista Del Monte.
My child went here for one year. I helped out at the school but my son was bullied and i knew something was wrong with my son when i brought it to the school regarding his reading and asked for them to test him they denied me and ignored me until 2 weeks until school was out. and they found out he did have a reading disability which put him a whole year behind because of them dragging their feet. When my husband and i called a meeting with the principal and teacher because we had a concern with where the education level was he assured me that my child would meet state standards at which he did not. I will never send my children here ever again.
My child has been attending this school for three years. The school has failed the state testing three years in a row and has send a letter all three of those years stating your child can choose a different school. There are waiting lists for those schools with high scores, almost impossible to get into.
With our new principal, Mr. Scudder, our school has made great progress.This is evident in our new test scors and the new attitudes of our children. Keep an eye on the school, it is going to change.
We have some great teachers at this school and a new principal. Hoepefully thing swill get better. I wish more parents would get involved and attend the PTG meetings that are held once a month. We need more parents involvement to helpn this school!
The school needs a new principal too many teachers unhappy and leaving.
I am one of those teachers who chose to move to a different school. VDM has wonderful students and families who I will greatly miss. The problem is the overall negative climate at the school, which became almost unbearable this past school year. Fortunately, district leadership has become more aware of these problems and will hopefully make changes at the school that have been long overdue, thereby enabling VDM to exit 'program inprovement' status under NCLB.
The teachers at VdM are the most kind, well educated, and hard working professionals you will ever meet. There is a feeling of warmth as you walk down the halls that is not found at many schools. Teachers welcome parental involvement, though the same handful of parents do the majority of the volunteering. There is a weekly art program, as well as a great music and PE program. As it is the last in the district to get remodeled, the teachers and the district are very aware of security issues. The teachers do an amazing job with the buildings they have to use and students they are given! My daughter is happily thriving there!
The safety is absolutely nil at this school- hands down the worst school experience ever- would never recommend this school--ever!
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