As a teacher, I have, on occasion, expressed concern in a report card that if a student's choices (not paying attention, completing work, catching up from years below grade level) do not change, then I consider that child in danger of dropping out. Research on drop outs indicates that the problem begins years before the child decides to 'opt out' of education. We are often unable to reach parents (frequent phone changes, no answering machine, blocked numbers; notes don't get home ); because of the economy, classes are larger, making home contact challenging; many of us tutor/attend meetings or trainings after school. Instead choosing to be offended, why not talk with the child about the teacher's concern? What can the student change to head off the possibility of failing so badly? Such comments, I assure you, are not made lightly but out of serious worry.
I have a child that attends this school. One of the teachers specified on a report card negative things like will become a high school dropout. When I contacted the office to talk to the teacher, he would not answer or return my calls. When I called to speak with the Principal or the Vice Principal the office were very difficult to get to transfer. Even after speaking with the staff in regards to the comment nothing was done.
First, the good...no more year round school and they have an excellent, involved, teacher who has set up a Taiko Drum group for the kids. They really love it. Now, the not so good. Since I only have limited space I will echo what the poster below has to say. She/he hit it on the nose. The majority of the staff, and there are exceptions, are apathetic at best and negligent as a rule. I don't like the new K-8 set up. The school seems so much more overtaxed.