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Samuel Staples Elementary School3
Posted January 07, 2014
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The school is fine for average, below average and academically superior kids alike. Gifted is a different end of the spectrum, the top 3 percent of the human population, which often gets left in the dust with their special needs but has the greatest potential to oh...cure diseases, advance technology, improve everyone's experience. Not the only potential, the greatest potential. Yet as a society we don't develop this talent. . Perhaps so many parents of the gifted write in on these forums as we can only rely on ourselves to warn each other. When the northeast realizes the southern states are surpassing them in gifted education, perhaps they will recognize they have left out an entire segment of the population, and they are behind the tempest. Overall their schools are great, and most people are served as most people are average, but does that make it right to leave out and entire group? ...the group I might add the segment that has the innate capability to change the world...the world we parents will live in when we retire! It sounds to me like some parents are angry their kids aren't gifted. Dnt be. It's no picnic raising gifted minds. We envy you!
Phenomenal! I have seen my oldest through elementary and have two other ones still there and we have only had wonderful experiences, one teacher amazes me more than the other - they are all great! We have a range of learners, quite brilliant and somewhat struggling but the support system is there and quick to respond to needs of our children. Sure, there are always going to be things to pick apart but over all we couldn't be more pleased, enriching and stimulating environment with professional staff and teachers. Happy children learning a lot, what more can a parent ask for?
i hate it my son came home complaining every day about how his teacher yelled at him for quietly politely yawning a student told on him for burping and saying exuse me then the teacher sent him to the principal and the vice principal and the head of special services although some of the teachers seem nice my son moved in the middle of the year so i only no i couple my son has ADHD so the school teachers and staff dont treet him fairly
I am amazed that my daughter is bringing home really advanced work from her kindergarten class. It's a full day program, and the kids seem to be hard at work! It's so different from when I was younger, and there was quite a bit more time for play. But I can't complain---my daughter is writing in full sentences and now loves to read many short easy reading books on her own. She just brought home her "weekend journal," in which she's been writing and illustrating since the beginning of the year. I just think her teacher is doing a wonderful job.
As a parent of children at SSES, I can't help but find some reviews to be shocking.The administration appears to be professional and communicative, frequently sending out email updates and other reminders, and encouraging parents to be involved. The teachers my children have are very professional and have always impressed me with their knowledge. And IT is integrated into the curriculum early---students begin computer classes in kindergarten. As an educator, I have been impressed by the demanding work presented to my children, and have watched their skills grow quickly. And regarding the conversation on the lack of gifted programs---I do understand this concern. But Easton has a lot in common with Lake Wobegon, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." Test scores show that the students at SSES consistently outperform multiple school districts in the state. Learning is individualized---my children who were learning at a faster rate than their peers were provided with harder work. Sure, a gifted program would have been nice, but as long as my children remain challenged in the classroom, I am satisfied.
I think overall the school is great in terms of the arts and technology however I agree with the other parents when it comes to advanced children. I have two children at SSES and have had decent teachers and a couple of exceptional ones. One of my children is academically advanced and he is bored at school. His teacher gives him extra work but it is just that, extra busy work. There should be classes designed for these children where they can feel accepted by their peers instead of seen as a know it all and have a creative outlet to challenge their minds. There are TWO ends of the educational spectrum, special needs and gifted. They both deserve equal attention and resources. Having that said, my other child is having a great experience and has had fantastic teachers that have been very attentive to his minor academic challenges. To the parent that thinks there is a small percentage of gifted children, there were 15 children in my son's grade alone that qualified for an experimental math class for children who tested above average. Although the class was a step in the right direction it was a one time opportunity and not part of the curriculum.
Yep, everyone has a "gifted" child. According to CT guidelines there are only a very, very small percentage of children in any given grade who are identified as "gifted".... yet the below four parents EACH have at least one. Imagine that! The school's consistant superior test results speak for themselves. I humbly suggest that the problem may be the parents, and not the school.
This school is not equipped to be able to foster gifted children. We tried kindergarten and the teacher had no idea how to work with my child to foster his abilities and when the principal promised extra enrichment work none was given. There was no teacher support. Also my sons teacher indicated that really no work is done in September, October and December. It was shocking! We pulled our children out and enrolled them in private school.
I am the parent of a gifted student and I had a very unsatisfactory experience with the school. They not only fail to develop these children in the classroom, they seem unequipped to handle them in socially appropriate ways. The teachers and administration not only lack the desire to address these kids academically (even in the most minimal sense), they don't seem to know how to handle them without making them a spectacle to the other children. They are not open to much discussion about this issue, let alone finding creative ways to develop these children that would challenge and stimulate them. I got the sense that having children who are bored most of the day is entirely acceptable, as long as they don't misbehave of course. It would have been nice to benefit from the high taxes we pay, but we had to opt for private school.
I have mixed feelings about the school but feel like my kids have been pretty well served there, in particular because of some excellent teachers and in particular the great music teachers and wonderful facility. However, I agree that the administration is weak, the principal is a very poor communicator, and that the school offers almost nothing to gifted, or even above average, students. There is a huge focus on special needs and learning-challenged kids and the size of the faculty in this area is astonishing when compared to the number of regular classroom teachers. I think that is fine, but frustrating when the school offers nothing to more advanced kids. The principal says the teachers are good at differentiating within the classroom (teaching at different levels) but in my experience this is not the case. We've had a few wonderful, amazing teachers and a couple of duds.