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Tom Matsumoto Elementary School5
Posted December 28, 2014
- a parent
Our children enjoy attending Tom Matsumoto. The school has a reputation for assigning plenty of homework. I am pleased with the instructors that my children are assigned to. Teachers provide weekly feedback and communicate regularly about classroom agenda. Children at the school get along with each other fairly well. There hasn't been any issues that would be a cause for concern. Traffic can get rather clogged during pick-up and drop-off, especially when it rains. I haven't had any serious issues with that. In regards to ethnicity, I think folks should think about what cultural diversity really means and how that is applied in fairness. There are schools that are majority Hispanic or African American. One could argue that these schools lack diversity as well. As for the school administrators, they do their jobs fairly well. I certainly believe that there are areas to improve upon and things they do well. The school has a high API rating. Perhaps this is due in large part with the role that parents have in their children's education and expectations thereof. They push the school to do well and more is expected of their children; pushing teachers to excel and enhance schoolwork.
Not much diversity of students. The front office ladies are not very welcoming. They represent the school and first thing you see so they should smile and be a bit friendlier. Most teachers love their job and go above and beyond to make school fun for their students. Not much of an award system. No math awards, improvement awards or even award ceremony to motivate children. There is the Pizza Hut coupon deal or San Jose shark reading program for reading and some teacher will give a prize if AR goals are met. That's if the teacher does not just pick one student to recognize even though all others worked just as hard. Lack of spirit days. Not even a day were all student where a motsumoto shirt OF THE SAME DESIGN to show school spirit. Each class has a different designed shirt they wear diffrent days of the week. Some of the colors of the shirts and designs I think are done by students? Kids cannot use the libaray computers before or after school. No school plays or performances have occurred since my kids have attended. No Thanksgiving or Christmas performances for parents to attend. It's a zoo before and after school picking up your child. Pedistrians beware.
Welcome to a high performing school in the South Bay. Yes, every student here need to roll up their sleeves and really work. If that means they need to have tutors, so be it. The bar is high! If that is not for you or your kids, then this school is not for you. Also this school is quite traditional, so if your child will not thrive in that kind of environment then this school will not be a good match. The teachers for the most part are really good. I appreciate teachers that push students to work. Yes, this school not not very diverse but that's what happens when the surounding neighborhood is mostly Asian. That is probably the driving factor to its api scores. Culturally, Asian parents have high expectations from their children, for the most part, they deliver. Principle Shreman is very caring, but of course he has also has certain expectations from his students and parents. Unfortunately, this school could use more parent volunteers. But the parents that do volunteer are amazing! They really try to make the school a "balanced " school with school activities. All in all a great school.
DISCRIMINATORY SCHOOL!!! The school engages in discriminatory behavior. If you bring up concerns, they are simply dismissed without conducting the appropriate investigation. Had a lot of hope from this school. But as concerns of unfair behavior towards some students by the teachers was brought up, the concerns were simply dismissed without investigating. Consequently, I would question if this school deserves our tax dollars and donations. Very poor experience so far. Hoping they can still remedy the concerns we have brought up.
principle sherman is rude and should have been a policeman instead of a principle, everyone at this school is asian or indian and its really disappointing in the lack of diversity the pick up and drop off situation is a disaster, don't come here unless you live walking distance because you will be waiting in a mile long line , this is an elitist school so the api scores are that because the parents are either tutor providing and/or one parent is home full time household my kids teacher was very nice very concerned although i don't believe she was a parent i did not like that i believe that only a parent can empathize with other parents concerning a child's learning, principal sherman will videotape you upon dropping or picking up your child there is no parking to park you car and take you child to school, you will have to arrive 30 minutes early in order to bring you child to school with out waiting in a 180 car pile up the street crossgaurds are inept and do not know what they are doing and they take matters into their own hands such as knock on your window to let you know what you are doing wrong or jump in front of your car to not let you pass by and they will harass. aviod this
The teaching here is pretty nice, though some of the teachers do just throw homework at the kids. But the most pathetic thing is the office staff! They are so RUDE! Once I went to the office after school waiting for my parent. I started doing my homework and the secretary just started yelling at me. I just said " I can do my homework!"(I had talked to my mom on the phone and she said she would be there to pick me up. So she called up my teacher and my teacher told her and she just scowled at me and sat down! Very rude people!
The teachers makes 20% effort and the remaining 80% is students plus their parents. Don't be fooled by the high api scores.Some teachers don't do anything other than gossip and shop online while sitting in the class. The district is negotiating the contract so the teachers are bitter, working to the contract, come around 7:45 and leave at 2:30 Pm.Some teachers can be actually seen talking on their cell phone , standing in the shade while they are on yard duty !! There are some teachers who are sincere towards their work but its like a drop in a bucket! Their API is higher because parents are made to teach and supplement through tons of homework !
Excellent school. The teachers care so much about the kids and go the extra mile to ensure that each child is accommodated. Top notch education always looking for way to keep the parents involved in our kid's success. They communicate very well. We receive updates each week via a individualized breakdown on each assignment and test/quiz grade. They are on top of their grading and never let anything fall behind. Weekly newsletter points out important dates and items specific to child's class. This school from k-6 are really involved with each student and their success. Even with a school of this size all of the teachers and staff know every student and have a singular focus towards offering a 1st class experience for all. Many parents are involved in the school through PTA and other organizations that help to shape the future of the school to meet everyone's needs. Very welcoming for new families and encourage involvement from the beginning to make this the best elementary school in the South Bay!
Teaching is so horrible! Too many drama as what my child said to me! Also, some lunch lady cannot give my son lunch because of "low balance of money"! How are they going to eat? They're going to starve!
The teaching here is ridiculous! You better have a stay at home mom or dad. The teachers just throws the homework at students even if he/she doesnt' understand. Not all kids learn at the same rate. Some might understand quickly and some might have a difficult time. Shouldn't every child understand the material that is being taught in school? Not get sent home with materials and have you as a parent teaches them. What if your family have both working parents? Not every household has a stay at home mom/dad. On top of that providing a roof and food for your family, you have to come home and teach your kids. Another concerns is the amount of homework given to students. Enough is enough! Do not overload the students just because some parents feel the work isn't enough for their child. You do not boost the amount of homework just because some parents thinks that their child have too much free time at home. Like I said, every student learns at their own rate. This schools only pushes students to pass the STAR test for a higher ratings. That means ALOT OF STRESS for the STUDENTS AND PARENTS! If your child doesn't do well, its the parents fault! They do not care!