JPS is such a great school. I was skeptical at first, but everyone that I have met, has been so accommodating and so kind. It's really unfortunate that the district is considering closing this school due to lower projected enrollments several years from now. This school is easy to get to, is off of a main road, so there are never any issues getting to it. it's centrally located, and is adjacent to a fairly new playground. I think that it's always a shame to close a school. That means that there will be teachers without jobs, restructuring within the district, and greater student to teacher ratios wherever these kids would be sent . Smaller class sizes are much better, as the students do better and get that desired attention. Back in a day when I went to school, we were in class sizes of sometimes 30 students. JPS has 5 kindergarten classes with approx. 16 students in each class. Seems to work great and the kids seems happy. Instead of talking about closing it, how about talking about ways to improve it. How about offering a foreign language to these kids? How about some air conditioning in this older building?
I have two children at John Pettibone School and can say there are both very good teachers and very poor teachers. One of my children has had the great fortune to have smart, energetic, and passionate teachers. Unfortunately, my other children has had one of the worst first grade teachers. She forgets all the time, is late for to get kids to lunch and specials, takes recess away from all when one child is bad, does not provide timely communications, and as my child states "yells all the time". My advice,request monthly conferences with teachers, listen and ask your kids questions, and do not be afraid to be your child's advocate. Do not let the principal make decisions based on a power play verse what you know is best for your child.
Probably no longer relevant, but I attended this school about 58 years ago and I still cherish the memories. There, I call starting each day reciting The Lords Prayer, pledging allegiance to the flag and singing the national anthem every morning before class. Thus, I learned about the importance of religion and the love of country and my fellow Americans. I learned to play and work with others and how to socialize which was important as I was an "only child" living with no other children around me where we lived in the country north of town. To me John Pettibone School was the benchmark that I judged all other learning experiences by; few matched my Pettibone experience. To me, John Pettibone will always be the most important and best school I ever attended; it set me up for life.
Both my sons went to school here. They enjoyed it. The school is old and could be cleaner, but the children have a great time there. My younger one should've been tested a bit sooner for learning issues. I had to fight to get it done. You need to speak up and fight for what you want, then your children will do fine.
My son is currently in 2nd grade at JPS. I have been extremely impressed with all of his teachers thus far, (K-2). All three have been enthusiastic, caring and committed. The class sizes are a bit large to provide the individual attention that some students need and four ESL students in a class of 20 (20%) provide some real challenges. Overall, however, I am extremely pleased with the education my son is receiving.
My daughter is in 3rd Grade and I am very happy with the Teachers and overall school services. I feel the school offers personalized education where needed. My daughter has done very well here.
Our son went to JPS from Excel to 1st Grade. We were very disappointed with the faculty, especially the principle. The services available to children with special needs, is very little. And the discipline is more suitable for teenagers.
I am a substitute teacher in New Milford. I am impressed with the facility, staff, and academic program. As a local news reporter I would rate the school 3 out of 3.
My son is starting 3rd grade in 2004. His 2nd grade teacher was fabulous and worked on his strengths and weak areas. His 1st grade teacher also took very good care of him.
my daughter is now starting the 3rd grade - the teachers have been most helpful with spotting her weak subjects and providing the extra attention that is needed to help her. they have kept me informed of her progress and what i can do to help.
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