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Oak Grove Elementary/Willowside Middle School4
Posted June 29, 2014
- a parent
The school was pretty great, and I understand some of the students were protesting the dress code which is actually not that bad. They also give less homework then other schools and if you pay attention in class you can get it done in less then an hour. My child did not experience bullying as a student at WMS as she was a Safe School Ambassador. The bullying issue has decreased somewhat and the teachers are against bullying. I thought the principal was okay yet he wasn't at the school a lot. I liked how most teachers were Common Core based before there was Common Core. Overall it was a great school.
The teachers are BULLIES. My daughter is constantly put down and bullied by her math and science teacher. When my daughter goes to her teacher during tutorial and asks for one on one help the teacher tells her it's her fault and she should have paid more attention in class. Also when my daughter receives a bad grade on a test the teacher will sarcastically tell her "steller job". The teacher needs to realize SHE is the problem, not my daughter who is actually trying. When the principal was contacted he blamed my daughter not the teacher and her bad teaching skills. Thank god she is graduating soon.
Dealing with the district's administrative staff is a nightmare. The administrative secretary has been pugnacious, unprofessional and rude and has blocked our attempts to complain to the superintendent about her behavior. Between this and friends' families leaving for bullying and supervision issues, we're going with another school.
Unfortunately, the administration does not handle any feedback from parents whether it be bullying, bad teachers or poor curriculum choices. Multiple children involved in bullying and "packs" here, but school counselors only tell the bullied they need to stay away from bullies. Principal seems very nice and caringd. PE classes are too full, many injuries occur, quite a few very serious.
My daughter attended Oak Grove K through 5. In 4th grade she was placed in a 3/4 mixed class. I had several meetings with the principle to attempt to get her moved because she is a child that needs guidance. My wishes were repeatedly ignored and, in my opinion, she was thrown under the bus. Her star scores dropped dramatically and she was totally unprepared for 5th grade. She all but flunked 5th grade even though I hired a tutor to try and get her caught up. Her report cards up to 5th grade were excellent. We changed districts as a result.
My daughter has had a tough time this year dealing with 6th grade girl issues. Although I'm not sure if it is bullying or not, I don't think the principal and teachers are taking it seriously enough. In fact he principal has not even responded to my email. The curriculum, ont the other hand, has been outstanding.
This school does not deal with bullies. My math class was so out of control my teacher could not teach. Look at how far math has dropped. The school does not care how much bullying goes on. Parents are having their kids dropped in math classes in other schools. Willowside needs a new program for bullies.