I Am very disappointed this school year 2013/2014 for many reasons 1- general teachers do not care for the special kids learning 2- do not communicate or cooperate with the parents involvement 3- do not reward kids for their great effort 4- do not seem happy or enthusiastic to teach 5-do not read IEP or seem interested in helping the child in need 6- as general teachers they only focus in typical kids and isolate the ones with conditions 7- do not like taking workshops to learn how to deal with special needs children 8- this year there was celebration for Xmas, valentines , Mother's Day , teacher day or any event 9- the pick up and drop out regulations have created a block between teachers and parents communication/involvements 10- the only method of communications between teachers and parents is via email a longer process to reach teachers.
I am very disappointed with this school. Teachers do not do their job: teaching the kids. My daughter comes home with almost no knowledge, I have to teach her and give her helpful tips for her to understand the lesson; she is in second grade. At first they made me believe my daughter had a hyperactivity problem because they want them to be static. From her two teachers, she always complain about one of them of being mean and screaming all the time which that of course is not helpful either. I am not having a pleasant experience in this school!
At first it was a good school but has it's challenges. I am very disappointed at the work load the teachers give the children since it is now time for the FCAT. Every Holiday or "Break" is spent buying supplies and doing projects and "work packets" bringing undue stress onto the students and parents. There is no time to truly have a Christmas or Spring break with family and friends. The principal responds with school policy and that the teachers have the right to do this. Instead of making sure the teachers do their job during the year to prepare for FCAT they lay it on the parent. It is sadistic to put children in such a stressful situation.
We recently moved to the area this past March in the middle of the school year. The principal, Sally Hutchings was so helpful and genuinely interested in the proper attention my girls needed to get into the groove of things. She even found some uniforms for the girls to get them started. The teachers have been hands on and open to answering any questions I may have. They are attentive to the students and their needs and provide such in a positive environment. We couldn't be more pleased with Miami Springs Elementary Community School!
This School is Horrible.. The Teacher's do not have the patience to deal with the students... Very bad experience with this school and the staff HORRIBLE ...
In the first grading period my child has had 3 different teachers, the principal says it's because class size, well class size has been around now for about 5 years. I was told by Ms. Hutching that maybe I as parent should call the governor and him to repel class size. Also, the homework policy is a joke many teachers DO NOT follow district rules, on many day my child spends up to 3.5 hours doing homework and to top it off sometimes it not even checked, but if a child missed 3 homework they are fast to give a Detention - how about when the teacher does not check 3 homework does she a get a Detention? "No" Take a look at the school rule 6Gx13- 6A-1.23 and you will be surprised what the school board rule is about homework. Get ready for the overload of homework from this school and no one at this school is on the side page from what I have been able to see. Specially the admin with teachers.
Love this school! The staff is amazing and always willing to help. Everyone involved is very well rounded. I must disagree with the negative comments left by others.
My children have attended this school since kindergarten. I find the school to be a great school. The administration has always been helpful and quick to respond to my questions. The teachers are excellent and could not ask for better teachers for my children. There is a sense of community in this school.
Overall the school is okay. I am tired of asking a simple question and being shuffled around and finally being told by everyone to contact Miami-Dade Public School Administration. From the principal, vice-principal, etc., no one has a straight answer for you. Properly train your staff to answer questions. I called to find out why the time change was occurring in the school and was told to contact the Super-Intendant and ask him. This school lacks appropriate staff professionalism.
Definite improvement has begun at the school but still a looong way to go in regaining control of a handful of teachers who have had their misguided way in the past with our previous principals lack of control and leadership! The aftercare program really needs a lot of work too. Looking forward to more improvements! The
There has been such a breath of fresh air since the past administrator left. With the exception of a few the staff appears to be in a more comfortable place. The music department is doing wonder things and once again is flurishing after the lack of attention with the previous administration. The PTA is still stong and will continue to do all they can and what is in the best interest of the students and the school. My hat off to the PTA volunteers, no one appreciates the time and effort that is put in freely.
The last two years were horrible. But we are here to see brighter days. We have a new wonderful Principal, Ms. Hutchings! She knows what she is doing, is open for new suggestions, likes parent imput, stands by her staff and has a complete open door policy. The grounds are beautiful and the staff is happy. As far as the furniture and boxes, this is the mess left by the last Principal. The custodial staff has been working day and night and has found new homes for these boxes and what-nots. The school is much better today and will only get better under the Principal, Ms. Hutchings and our equally as great Assistant Principal, Ms. Simon.
During the past two years, I may not have agreed with everything the principal, Ms. Fernandez was implementing. Apparently, she knew what she was doing and I regret that she is not here to continue. I am not sure if this move was in the best interest of the whole school, time will tell. One thing I can say is that the school never opened in such disarray. I was appalled to see the school in such deplorable conditions on the first day of school when I took my children. Furniture in the hallways and stacked in the after-care office area. It was not out of sight for those of us who have our school in after care. The verdict is still out on this new principal, so far, it does not look promising. The teachers aren't so sure themselves.
Very sad, the school atmosphere/instruction is plummeting&disappointing. Apparently the teachers are unhappy w the principal but the students are the ones paying the high price of their dissatisfaction. Only a few very enthusiastic teachers seem to still be giving their best.
The teachers at the school are wonderful and given the present enviroment are doing a great job. The current lack of leadership continues to be of great concern. Luckily the parents that are involved at the school refuse to allow it to totally fall apart. Through all the termoil the programs continue only with the hard work of the teachers. We have an excellent art and music department. Unfortunately, under the current leadership the schools grading has fallen. We can only hope that with the needed changes we will once again be the pride of Miami Springs. We would hate to loose any of our wonderful teachers...
This school has enormous potential with several strong, dedicated, and veteran teachers combined with several young willing staff who joined the school in the recent years. The problem is lack of leadership and focus on educating the students rather than test prep like the endless FCAT practice that consumed this year's entire focus. What happened to classical education and the realization that children learn quickly and easily when the subject matter is interesting, challenging, and multisensory rather than just drills and worksheets for a test that will be obsoleted soon. With new leadership this school has the teaching staff to challenge the students and prepare them for the competitive future college courses and careers. Assistant Principal Wilson is leaving the school as of summer 2006 and hopefully a strong, perceptive, and motivating AP comes in to harness the potential and get this school back on track!
I am happy with this school. My son and daughter have great teachers and ample opportunities to learn different things. The environment is friendly and many parents are involved. The gifted program is especially good. There are lots of after school programs such as tutoring, music, and tae kwon do. My daughter has discovered a passion for the violin through the strings program. I would definately recommend this school.
After several attempt to have things changed back to the way they were in this school, I've come to the conclusion that the Principal is just not getting the job done.
Since the new principal took over (C. Fernandez); the school has taken a nose-dive. The staff is less friendly, and there was an unnecessary turn-over with the teaching staff. C. Fernandez is pushing parents away from being involved in their childs education A negative attitude towards parents leaves much to be desired. ....thinking about changing to Springview Elementary.
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