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Field (Eugene) Elementary School1
Posted October 01, 2014
- a parent
I don't see any coments about a regular english Class. If anyone can see the regular classes. It is insane. Of course you are all happy about the mandarin program. The classes are small and there are two teachers fir each class Vs. The regular classes are full of kids. What is going on? I live near the area and when u had to entree my kids in the school they were denied for the mandarin class because they do not speak mandarin. I guess my kids are not as lucky as yours. I agree with sone parents, there is luck if administration, there is descrimination, and the principal doesn't care. We all know that!. Is just its convienet for all if you. I am sad that this principal is not open minded. The school is focused in one race and that is what bathers me. I will take my kids out of this school to a more diverse school.
My Child is in his second year in the Mandarin Program. The parents and teachers are fully committed to the program, however there is not much in place to support children who are struggling with learning the language. Unlike mainstream classes when children have difficulty there is a SST conducted and a plan created to get the student on track. When students are behind in this program the recommendation is more assistance at home. This is unrealistic for parents who don't read or write in Mandarin. The program needs to support students better not to mention that there is only one teacher for a class of 27plus.
Our child is currently in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program at Field. We are pleased with the leadership and teachers at this school. Our child is not only learning a second language but also receiving a well balanced education.
I am the parent of a child in the Mandarin immersion program at Field. My child has now been involved with the program for a few years. I have concerns about the instruction and administration of the program and the tension between different parents groups at Field. The Superintendent recently assigned an outside consultant to help coach the administrator at Field and mediate between the groups of parents. That should help to address some of the problems. I think the Mandarin program at Field could and should be a quality program someday but in my opinion there are many substantive problems that must be addressed before that happens.
This is our third year in the Mandarin-immersion program. I ve worked in schools before and never seen a more dedicated staff. Our teachers and principal couldn t work any harder. I d like to address what the previous reviewer said re: Mandarin acquisition. We speak English at home, so I can t comment on my child s Mandarin mistakes, but I do hear him make grammar and pronunciation mistakes in English, so I would expect him to make mistakes in Mandarin as well. You can t expect perfect grade-level Mandarin in a few months or even a few years. You have to be in it for the long haul. This is program requires dedication on the parents part. We are fortunate to have a program like this in our local public school. That being said, I have read other reviews that compared Field to a private school environment and I think that is misleading. We do not have the gorgeous facilities that many private schools have, and we have larger class sizes. Unlike private schools, we have children here from all walks of life. Like many other families, we moved to PUSD to be a part of Field s Mandarin-immersion program and have not regretted it.
I believe a Mandarin Immersion School can provide outstanding results. This school is good in many ways. It has a strong parental group and it has Mandarin. However, the Mandarin acquired by the students is mediocre, decent at best. This wouldn't be an issue except that subjects like math and science are also taught in Mandarin. Since Mandarin isn't acquired properly in the beginning, it seems that children fall behind not just in Mandarin, but other subjects as well. If you put your child in this school (as have I), expect to get some Mandarin exposure (not fluency), and expect to do a lot outside the classroom. Volunteer as much as you can. Without proper staffing, the children have behavior issues (imagine starting school in a language you don't know with a 28:1 or 30:1 ratio at K). At the end, it depends what you want for your child. I've noticed my daughter just translates directly from English to Chinese, without using the language correctly. This to me is a challenge that I have to correct at home unless it can be done in the school. Just an honest assessment from a concerned parent.
My daughter is in the Kindergarten Mandarin immersion class. We opted out of our wonderful top rated home school to go to Field because we feel this is a great opportunity for our child. I love that they have to wear uniforms. It feels like a private school. The principal is exceptional at Field! The parents in the Mandarin program are committed and giving and the teachers are very good at what they do and very sweet. I feel my daughter can only learn a language if it's spoken 90% of the day. We did not pick this because its Mandarin. It could have been Spanish or French. We are not particular about what language she learns. I don't expect her to be as fluent as the children are in China or know all of the characters by 8th grade. I'm realistic. I'm just happy that she will understand it and speak it. She will have respect for other ethnic groups and expand her view of the world! What I've read is: Multilingual people are good multi-taskers. Your memory improves: Language helps strengthen that mental muscle. You become more perceptive Your decision-making skills improve Companies seek employees that speak a second language because of all of the qualities listed above.
They have provided a Mandarin Immersion Program that has allowed my Granddaughter to grow and thrive. She has developed reading and writing skills in both English and Mandarin and is doing beautifully!
My husband and I planned to home school our 3 young children. We even built a small school house for them in which to study and be homeschooled. After visiting Field Elementary several times last year and experiencing their Mandarin immersion program, we applied for our 3 children to attend Field. We even helped create the pre-K program with the Mandarin immersion system that began this year. The teachers are exceptional and caring. The principal is actively involved. The parents are as intimately involved, if not more, than any private school we have ever experienced. This is an exceptional school and we expect that the children from this program will truly be our future leaders. They will be equipped to play, sing, solve problems, adjust quickly, make new friends, read and write in both Mandarin and English. In our current world, this is an ideal situation for our children and their future, as well as ours.