I have been involved with Tamarac Elementary for 8 years. I have seen the change in Principals, decline in budget and change in demographics of the kids. Mrs. Ray has opened the lines of communication with parents (those who want to hear) and she and her staff have the students' education as a first priority. No school is perfect, nor are the parents or staff. The SAF Chair is also an avenue to use for school wide issues. Positive volunteers, without a personal agenda, are needed in the school.
Some teachers are great, but most are not. This school has a high rate of retention into the first grade. There is no activities or projects whatsoever. The staff in the office is rude. If you want your child to be a failure, then this is the school for you.
Back when I first started teaching, I had several offers, but held out for Tamarac Elementary. I have never regretted my decision, considering myself very lucky to work with such caring, dedicated people in an environment that feels like a family school on a very large campus. In addition to providing an excellent core curriculum, we offer a Garden Club to help enhance the beauty of our campus with its large butterfly garden and plethora of native species of plant life, Chess Club, Recorder Club, American Sign Language Signing Chorus, and Drama Club. I always enjoy meeting the parents and family members during our Curriculum Nights, and appreciate the supportive PTA. Despite real budgeting concerns that eliminated these considerations at many schools, we are fortunate to have specials that include music, art, media, and physical education (in an air conditioned gymnasium that was *beautifully* renovated earlier this school year). My sincere thanks goes out to all of the families who entrust their children to our care. It's a pleasure to work in such a wonderful, safe, enriching environment as we work to help those precious little people thrive!
I personally was not pleased with this school. I had transferred my daughter from Challanger to this school and it was a HUGE mistake. She did great academically at Challanger and in Tamarac she was struggling. The staff were rude, there is no playground for recess, my daughter recess area consisted of a sidewalk on the North side of the school by the parking lot! No end of the year awards for students who read the most, No math nights or family nights, no after school tutoring available to students. Her teacher (Mrs. Pollack) was the worst! She was the most sarcastic teacher I've ever met, she's run down and tired of her job, does not really control her classroom students...If you don't like teaching anymore then don't teach and take out your unhappiness on the kids! The school is not very clean, the end of the year concert was disorganized. Almost everything about this school I was not happy with and there is so much more and I was surprised because I thought this was going to be a good school. I am taking her out and putting her back in Challanger.
Great school, and teachers, also always room for inprovment, I also feel that most of the staff and especially the principal are doing their best and they really care about childrens
Too regimented in academics and too unstructured during co-curricular activities; very few fun learning programs; way too much hysteria over FCAT. Some teachers berate the children, other professionals yell and degrade the students, even the good performers. It's obvious the students get little discipline at home and constantly disrupt the classroom; this is NOT a school for a smart, well-behaved child. We spent 1st & 2nd grades there; I volunteered and saw a lot. Thankfully we moved out of the area and now love our school.
I recently moved my son from one scool toTamarac Elementary thnking that it would be an even better school for him. Mind you, he had good grades at his previous school. My son is in 5th grade and now that I have moved him, he is struggling. He brings home so much homework that he has no time for outdoor activities. I believe that they focus more on FCAT than actual learning that they will need for their future. I am tired of having to try to figure out his homework. I do understand that he needs to prepare for middle school & than high school, but they just send too much home. I have a child in High School as well and she rarely comes home with homework; most learning is done in the class and mind you, they have 7 classes in one day. STOP FOCUSING ON FCAT!!!
To the parent who wrote yesterday...How would your child do today if he took the FCAT? That is the true test. I had three children at Tamarac Elementary and they all did well there. My 6th grader (now in 8th grade) was more than prepared for middle school. Now my children are in another state and are still excelling thanks to the foundation that was built at Tamarac and our hard work at home. Not everyone can afford private school and even if you can, it doesn't mean that your child is receiving a better education. Tamarac isn't perfect but it is one of the best. I also feel that most of the staff and especially the principal are doing their best and they really care!
We used to love this school until we saw the FCAT and big classes. They cared about FCAT bonuses and not education. Try Malachy in Tamarac. We moved our child there in 3rd grade and he excelled tremendously. No FCATs! They have so much more time with each child and every class is very small. Lots more benefits at this school!
I am very happy that my 2 granddaughters started their education at Tamarac Elementary. One is now in middle school, but the other will soon be going into 5th grade. I can't say enough about the wonderful and caring teachers, staff and PTA which make Tamarac an excellent school.
Both of my boys attend Tamarac ELementary. How safe I felt with my children attending school. As my older child needs to transition to middle school I am very scared. Tamarac has such a wonderful environment for young children. Although, I am nervous about my child leaving elementary I thank Tamarac for preparing my child for the future. Thanks to al special teachers, Mrs. Snider, Mrs. Moss, Mrs Herring, Mrs Grell, Mrs. COnlin, Mrs. Samuels, and Mr. Novajosky. Nothing buy good things to report
Tamarac elementary is a superb school for my child.Her first grade teacher Mrs.Cohen is very supportive,patient,and kind.My daughter is truly happy in her classroom.And as a mom that makes me feel rest assured that each and every day my child goes to school she will be at home away from home
Great school + great teachers + great staff = Successful Students! Tamarac is the best school for your children to start their education!
Tamarac Elementary School is one big family. All the teachers and staff work together to help our children achieve academic success. They have some of the best programs around to help students succeed. The school works together with the parents and the community to ensure our children s needs are taken care of. They have one of the greatest PTA's I've ever seen. Add this all up together and the school gets an A+ rating from me!
My daughter has attended tamarac elementary since 1st grade. Her teacher was ms. Cohen. She is an awesome teacher. I would definetly reccommend her for any student. Also in 3rd grade ms. Crocket was the best teacher, I came across for my daughter. She had the patience and took the time to explain to each student whatever they needed assistance with. She certainly deserves an awesome teacher of the year award. And again in 5th grade, my daughter loves ms. Steinberg. She is kind, sweet, and understanding with each student individually, she too deserves a teachers award for best teacher of the year. Personally, I want to thank all of the front office staff for the outstanding job they do in proctecting our children. And let's not forget, ms. Miller who does an outstanding job when it comes to helping people. Tamarac elementary rocks!
Both of my children attend Tamarac Elementary. They love the school and all of their teachers have been FANTASTIC! The PTA does a great job with special events such as Winterfest and the Book Fairs, even though parent participation could be better. The kids look forward to these functions every year. The school administration is great! I know that these administrators and teachers truly love Tamarac Elementary and sincerely care for each and every child who attends.
I felt that my child had a home away from home when he was at Tamarac Elementary. The respect,attention, and true care that my child received from his teachers throughout his elementary school years will never be forgotten. Tamarac Elementary School will always remain a great memory in my child and my hearts. The teachers dedication to their students was superb. I recommend Tamarac Elementary to any parent looking to give their child the very best in education, involvement, and a fantastic start that shows from the caring staff at the front office, and other supporting staff, to the awesome dedicated teachers, to the caring guidance from Deputy Lippek,all the way to Mrs. Seiler, Principal whose leadership shines throughout. The material given to the students each year prepares them well so that they can take on any challenge the faces ahead in middle school. Parent involvement is welcome and appreciated.
Two of my children attended this school. I was very pleased with the teachers. Both of my children were high performers. Parents need to be more involved.
My child had Miss Crockett for third grade. She is an awesome teacher! He was happy each day and anxious to return, learning was nonstop. His test scores on the FCAT reflected this and I am quite pleased with his progress. I highly reccomend Miss Crockett for an outstanding school year in your child's life.
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