Not exactly the way I would want grit and determination to be developed. I believe in persistence and those qualities, but not in putting up with violent behavior and be expected to just deal with it as a normal part of the school day.
No I do not think that there is compassion, caring or empathy. There are incidents that are covered up and ignored. Students that are good children are being pushed aside so that the focus is on coddling the bad, violent children. The attention is focused wrongly. It is not safe and they are encouraged to ignore and feel sorry for the violent, disruptive children and not on excelling and feeling good about themselves or safe.
The school did not allow my child to call me when she asked twice yesterday following this situation. The school waited all day before even trying to make contact with me and then did not leave a message. I called the school and asked what they wanted and the office had no idea. I called back and told the office what happened and asked for the man who handled the situation. I had to leave him a message and wait for him to call me. This incident happened approx 7am and I did not hear from the school until 3pm. What honesty, integrity or fairness was shown to my child or me?
The communication from the school is horrible. I have had scheduled meetings where the staff that was scheduled did not show up. Incidents have not been reported to me as a parent. My child was attacked at the bus stop before school and I did not find out about it until my child called me walking home from the bus stop after school. The other child admitted to the attack, and according to the dean of discipline gave the same account. She then rode the same bus home with my child. I was told that the incident was handled as dictated by school policy. What is the punishment for this?
Terrible school. If you have any other options you should run towards them. They do not seem to know what their own rules and policies are. They hold the students accountable for anything they can, but don't have the same standards themselves. A lot of fighting that is ignored and allowed. The weaker students pay the price at the hands of the known bullies and trouble makers.
This school is HORRIBLE!!! Teachers, students...ALL OF IT!! Bullying is an issue with my daughter. She has to worry about getting picked on everyday! I can't wait to get her OUT of there! We are MOVING to a better school district!!!!!
I have worked in other school but I love William Henry Middle School! I have worked here for 4 years and I know that the principal, teachers, and staff genuinely care for of the students. We have don't a lot of things to improve the climate so, kids want to be in school. We have done several activities to improve student success in Reading and Math. There are new afterschool programs that get students engaged in academics as well as pro-social activities. I'm proud to have worked here.
I've had two children attend WHMS since the change in administration and they LOVED it. Let your kids be kids and they will enjoy it too.The negative rumors in the community need to be buried! This is a different school and it is great school.