Betsy Porter, November 8, 2012
Hi Families, I am excited to be named the new principal of Mead Elementary as of the 2012-2013 school year. I am making every effort to ensure that children at Mead are treated with respect and kindness. We are off to a great start this year and I am excited about many changes that have already taken place. Our parent community, staff, and students are excited about these positive changes as well. At Mead Elementary we value ACHIEVEMENT, CHARACTER, and COMMUNITY!
Mead Elementary is wonderful. I am glad that we are coming to this school right during the change in principals. She is 110% dedicated to this school and its families. She seeks out what has been effective in the Middle School, and uses those strategies to improve our school. I have had an incident on the bus with my son and it was addressed quickly, effectively, and professionally. I do have some experience with some of the current 4th and 5th graders, and I'm interested in finding out what types of anti-bullying training and programs there are in this school and school district. So far, the teachers have been amazing! I've only had one that seemed stand of fish, but every other teacher (we've worked with 6 so far), has been flexible, open and highly effective for our children! The parent group is very strong this year too!
This school was good before but has really started to shine with our new principal. The movement breaks introduced this year seem to really help the students settle down and focus. This principal is a true advocate for the kids and their families and it shows through the dedication of the staff and parent group. A major focus on technology is starting to pay off as well. Come for the staff and principal - stay for the community.
Our older son had tons of issues at Mead Elementary it affected his self esteem & attitude toward school, we thought it just wasn't the right fit for him. We pulled him out but left our younger son in since he LOVED Ms. Pam's preschool. After Preschool Kindergarten wasn't bad, but 1st grade this year has been a living hell. He started to struggle with reading, then he began to totally shut down, found out that he was having a hard time in class due to the reading issue and the teacher was punishing him by pulling his desk away from the class facing the wall, he's totally ostracized. The situation has gotten so out of hand that now my son comes home with referrals for things like standing next to the wrong kid in line (no joke). We have been trying to get a meeting with the principle & teacher but they have canceled 3 times. Now at the end of his 1st grade year our son is not the happy little boy he was at the beginning of the year, we made a huge mistake keeping him in after what our older son went through here. If you go with this school make sure to listen to your child, don't disregard anything as he/she just doesn't like school, pay close attention to changes in personality.
Love the community in Mead, parents all look out for each other's kids. The NEW principal is great, changes constantly being made.
Great school, very involved teachers. there is a brand new principal this year who is great with communicating with parents and keeping all involved. My child loves her teachers and has many great friends here.
Country setting school with rampant BULLYING. The principal is one of the worst managers and ineffective at addressing bullying & school violence (hitting, choking & kicking)! My neighbors child has come home with a broken orbital as a kindergartner. A friends child came home with a concussion from a bully. I have WITNESSED violent students but the principal has NO knowledge & 'can't' discuss. There are a few great teachers at this school but its an overwhelmingly stressful environment for students & teachers because of the LACK of discipline of out of control kids that CUSS, hit & are constent interruptions in school. My kids were lower grade elementary. Limited supervison at recess & many injury incidents. SPECIAL priviledges for BAD children like everyday snack with a friend in the principals office. St. Vrain School District HQ's backs the Mead Principal. She doesn't REPORT incidents of violence to HQ's. Academics are poor at this school. Math is almost NON existent. Writing & reading are pushed. Math, Art & computers are the weakest depts. Music & PE are great with good teachers. I would NOT recommend this school. It is a 2 for academics out of 10.
Not a great school. My son only sees his teacher for guided reading 2 days a week. His teacher imposes rules without compassion and is very interested in her agenda. The principal is very reactive, instead of proactive in dealing with parents. Overall, I am sorry I moved my son here, he does not receive individual attention and is just a number.
I agree with the below posting. My daughter (1st grader) was threatened by a young boy on the bus. He threatened to stab her. I went to the principal and she did not do anything. She promised to call me back and she never did. Nothing seemed to be done. Both my wife and I work in schools and were very disappointed in the response from the principals. Some teachers are really good and others do what they need to get by and nothing more. With that being said the standards for the kids are high and they are challenged.
Sorry to say, but my family has to disagree with the previous parent reviews. We had very horrible experiences with the principal and one of the kindergarten teachers. Since this review area only allows for limited text, I can t give more detail. For parents who are entering their children into Mead elementary I suggest you do your research on your children s teacher and be prepared to get no help from the principal. There are better schools in the area (Longmont, Firestone), you have options.
Mead Elementary School is a terrific school. As the previous parent mentioned the school has a caring, engaged, no-nonsense Principal who is dedicated to improving the school. For the most part, the teachers are very good and really seem to care about their students.
What I like about the school is, The Teachers and The Excellent Principal. The Principal is dedicated 100%. She is very friendly and caring. She is excellent with students.
Mead elementary is a good school. The art, music, PE and computer time are age appropriate and impressive. The music teacher had musicals for different grades and the art teacher literally filled the hallways for an annual art show. The principle knows the names of all 400+ students and who their parents are. She cares about our kids. Although it was inconvenient she locked the doors to limit traffic through the school and ensure the safety of our kids. The school has good community support both financially and physically. The parent teacher committee is effective but not particularly welcoming to new volunteers. The ability of this organization to branch out and utilize a larger percentage of the parent community would benefit the school even more. The teachers are good but interaction with them is limited to a couple parent teacher conferences per year unless you are a frequent volunteer.
The music & PE teachers are refreshing & talented. Several individual teachers are very loving & gifted in teaching. The Principal has lost a lot of our respect this year- too political & loses the children as her main focus. The math program is terrible. It is meant to be a 'supplemental program' - we use it as the primary math program. The school district's Board of Education is a joke. All in all: With a major change of leadership from top of the district (Board) to the bottom (Principal) - Mead Elementary would be a 10. As it stands: solid 5.
This is a great school with great community support. Your child would be very happy there.
Mead is awesome! The teachers are all nice and really put effort into whatever they're doing. Since the school is small, it is friendly and it's easier to stop conflict. This school is the best!
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