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Skyview Middle School1
Posted September 04, 2014
- a parent
This schools grading system is completely messed up. Most classes only add up to a couple hundred points for the whole quarter (leaving very little room for the students to not be perfect all the time), and the weighting is set by the teacher (so they can make tests 50% of the grade if they want). Don't get me wrong I very high expectations for my child but when they can't even have an off day once in a while or they fail it is very discouraging. My child has completely given up. The teachers are constantly texting and don't seem to care about their class. My child is constantly bullied. It's so bad that even the quieter children jump in and make very inappropriate comments. Why wouldn't they when members of the staff are just as bad. Hate breeds hate. The administration has changed so much in 3 years I think it speaks volumes about the issues. I know any concerns I have voiced have been meant with a smile, but when I follow up nothing has been done. I don't think they expect anybody to followup because the smiles turn to frowns very quickly. Terrible school!
I first reviewed this school as 4*'s a year ago. I really jumped the gun on this one. After another miserable year of experience I have absolutely changed my mind. I have watched kids at this school loose interest in trying and the test scores show exactly what I am talking about. I believe there are a few teachers that really care but this is also becoming fewer and fewer. When your own child says she would concider leaving all her friends to go to another school for a better education something is wrong. I very disappointed that this school has gone down hill so much and the pattern is continuing into Vista Ridge HS. I hope this school can get its act together before my 4th grade student has to consider going out of the district to get the education we all expect for our kids.
Although, myriads of parents hypothesize that Sky View Middle School has a great behavior, I disagree. There are a tons of reasons First of all, the students use very inappropriate language, students are rude, disrespectful, don`t follow district rules and behavior, Secondly multitudinous of staff/bus drivers use bad language as a result; the first month of school the sixth graders arrive they start picking up bad language like having a mouth full of almonds that spurt out in a month of hearing language throughout the school. Least of all there are students that use inappropriate body language in the hallways staff stand right next to this situation. they see students ,but do nothing to stop it as if saying "I don`t care". The ignorance is like a vanishing world of DISRESPECT. Now what are you going do about this? Zoom!
I think Skyview MS offers the kids a pretty good education. As a parent of a 6th grader, I find the the students can get a little overwhelmed at first. There is alot of stuff being crammed their way. This is where parents have an opportunity to step up for their kids and help them out. The school gives you a website that tracks your student(s) assignments and here is where you can really help your kid(s) stay on top of everything. i usually get a alert or e-mail for missing or late assignments along with when large projects are due. I have found this very helpful to help keep my kid on track. I felt that because I stayed on top of everything that I could, together she did really well for her first year. My only complaint is not about the school but about how much information that are required to learn in a given year. i feel that they need to slow down some and allow the kids to actually soak in some of the information. I would much rather have mastered some skills then say "I think I remember something about that but I forgot." Anyway, I think a school can only be as good as the effort that is put into it. That includes teachers, students, and parents.
My 8th grader switched to Skyview Middle School after a semester at Falcon Virtual Academy. The change was due to the fact that I was unable to continue homeschooling. My child was excelling at FVA and made the honor roll every quarter at his previous schools. I was shocked to find out after one quarter that my child was failing or performing poorly in most classes. There was absolutely no teacher communication. I initiated contact with teachers and the guidance counselor several times, and he still did not get the help that he needed. He also experienced bullying at the school. Teachers and administration seemed responsive after I brought it to their attention, but kids are allowed to be vulgar and aggressive unless a parent or student complains. I was initially impressed with the extracurricular offerings of the school, but it falls flat when one's student is struggling academically. If I had known that my student would have such difficulty at this school, I would never have enrolled him here. Parents do your homework, because it can make for a miserable school year for both you and your student when communication issues affect your child's success.
Verbatim from the D49 official Falcon Flyer received 8/30/2011: "Overcrowding has been a hot topic in District 49. Falcon continues to be one of the fastest growing districts in the state. We currently serve about 14,000 students. This is perhaps the first year that our overall student population has not increased, but that does not change the fact that overcrowding continues to plague our district. Eight schools in District 49 are currently over-capacity. They include Woodmen Hills Elementary, Falcon Middle School,Falcon High School, Evans International Elementary, Springs Ranch Elementary, Odyssey Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary, and Skyview Middle School. Of the remaining schools, not a single one of them is less than 75% full...Teachers struggle when thirty or more students outnumber them..."
Two of my sons have attended this school. My older son had to fight a bully in the bathroom on the first day of 6th grade. He had no other problems with bullying after that. His grades were a lot lower than in elementary school, but we receive no communication until it's too late to fix them. My son decided to put a lot of effort into his science fair project to get his grade back up, and his teacher accused him of cheating. When I sent an e-mail to the teacher to vouch for him, I got a response back accusing me of covering for him. My younger son has been bullied for 2 years at this school, and we are pulling him out and sending him ANYWHERE else next year. I have gone to the school about the bullying numerous times. Each time, I'm told the same thing... They will deal with it and make sure he is safe. My son tells me the teachers are too busy chatting with each other and texting to bother paying attention to anything going on in the halls or the lunch room or even in their own classes. I have placed calls to his guidance counselor stating that there is a bullying situation going on, and I have to wait 3 days for a return phone call.
This is my son's first year in middle school so I don't have another school to judge it against. There are teachers who really care and communicate when there are issues. I like that! However, there are plenty who will treat your child like a number and not communicate until there is a problem. I'm not sure why the district thinks this is a good policy. By the time there is an issue, it's usually too late to turn it around before the end of the term! My advice is to check the parent portal regularly and review it with your child. They do offer programs like Homework Help and Saturday school but they are just a teacher watching a group of students. There isn't a whole lot of helping going on. This might be fine for 7th and 8th graders but I feel 6th graders need more structure. Skyview does offer some nice programs like archery. Some programs, like band, seem to be randomly assigned. Overall, the fact that my son has two teachers who really care and really exemplify what teaching is about keep me satisfied. I hope next year we will have teachers just like that.
Communication with teachers is non-existent. They have a policy of NOT contacting parents unless a student receives a D or an F on their final grade for each quarter. THIS IS INSANE!!! If they dip that low and it gets documented on their report card, it's too late. Good luck with the teachers. They do have good teachers, but they follow the misguided policy of NO parent contact unless the kids have already failed. Some of the teachers don't return phone calls or respond to e-mails.
While this school is challenging, there is only sporadic communication. There are a few teachers who actually care and contact parents, but the rest leave it up to you to figure out what your child is doing in their class. If you can't afford year round volleyball and basketball club teams for your kid, forget making a sports team. We moved this year and out of twice as many girls trying out here, my daughter finally made a school team. No clique coaches and her hard individual work paid off.