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Thurgood Marshall Elementary School1
Posted January 21, 2014
- a parent
As a parent this school is not the one to best to put your child in.The staff doesn't care about the children they only care about covering up on how well they do on test scores.The teachers and principal are letting the kids get away from not wearing their uniforms also.
I removed my child from this school. He has special needs and was not getting what was rewuired based on his IEP. It appeared that if the students didn't make the "school numbers" they were not a priority. Also, it was like the school tried to hide those students from the general population didn't want them to be seen. Very thankful for mom's intuition and be proactive in removing my son. Parents know your rights you do have options.
The teachers in this school haven t been communicating, informing or honest with the parents how students are being taught in their child's classroom with the new Common Core Curriculum. It's not until we advocate for our child's progress that we receive a response and they evade the Common Core Curriculum. Are the Thurgodd Marshall Elementary teachers conducting their own independent Common Core Curriculum in their classroom? What evidence do we have that they are teaching is state standards in our child's classroom? We have been requesting communication either through e-mails, parent teacher conferences either through the principal and teacher and all we receive is pass the buck from principal to teacher. We are working parents and we don t have the opportunity to observe our teachers in the classrooms. The perception is either the student either gets it or they don't with the new curriculum in this school. If the student doesn't grasp the concept of the RIGOR curriculum the student will be impacted once again at the end of the year assessment test!
Teaching is great ! The school itself is so unorganized and does not like to give parents notice of special events (Example: Children's award ceremonies, Programs your children are suppose to be a part of. They earn awards but for some reason they are out of them when it is time for the children to receive them so they don't get awards certificates.) When picking up car riders it's the worst I've ever seen at any school 75% of the time they leave it up to one person to make sure it goes smoothly parents are coming in through the exit lanes and always getting out of the cars to pick up their children and block up the doors to me it is a hazard. You shouldn't have to wait in a line for 30 mins or longer just to get your child when you are close to the front of the line! The dismissal is so very unorganized and hopefully soon they will fix that problem! Parent involvement would probably be more if they were giving enough notice of events occurring at the school!
The head principle at this school needs to be retrained on communication skills. My kids have been at this school for 4yrs and out of those 4 years when walking the hallways with my child she has never opened her mouth to even speak one time. I went to see her one day and had to write my reason on paper for the visit, so they could submit it to her.Until this day she never contacted me about my child. If I could sell my house tomorow just to get my kids out of this millitary school I would it is not proffessional at all.Some of the teachers are focused more on discipline rather teaching. They talk to the kids any type of way until a parent walks up on them. My children used to be excited about going to school but have changed drastically as if they are no longer intrested. It's as if some of the teachers have taken on the attitude of their leader.The good teachers have all run away. This schools needs a new leader is more about the children rather than someone who is more concenred with themselves.
Ms. Brown is a seasoned (in knowledge) teacher who loves the arts and makes sure your child learn. She's firm, but fair. Ms Brown is a sweet heart. Her assistant Mrs. Huff is good, but a lot times I felt her stress made her frown ALOT. I pray for the teachers b/c they endure not only our children but parents and administrative staff. Ms. Brown is very knowledgeable and I appreciate her nuturing spirit and my child has truly developed K' skills and more. Ms. Brown is a cool teacher to have.... Thank u Ms. Brown!
Parents raised concerns with the respect of wanting absolute truth. Instead we were treated like mushrooms left in the dark and fed manueaur. The Parent Teacher Organization lacks leadership and communication. The parents do not have a voice. The principal has made all decisions how funds are allocated and spent. I say rename the organization to the Principal Teacher Organization. At the first and last P.T.O meeting there was a discussion about a playground at the tune of $60,000. Why not invest the money back into our teachers and students. Parents questioned the student school supply list. The BOE kindergarten curriculum states all materials and supplies are provided. Marshall parents were given a list. The principal stated the supply list at Wal-Mart is just for reference. She had no idea teachers where also passing out a list. Parents don t need a reference as to keep tissue paper, copy paper, Lysol and hand-sanitizer in the home. So arrogantly she stated that there s over $119,000 in her Title IV account she didn t need parents to purchase school supplies. Obviously funds were not available prior to the beginning of the school year. That s usury.
I visited Thurgood Marshall Elem. this week and was shocked that instead of the first week of school being a positive experience that teachers had already resorted to using humiliation, demeaning language, and ridicule toward students. It is just awful to see that some of the teachers are down right insensitive and should work as prison guards instead of molding the minds and futures of our precious commodities: children. I suggest that the principal hold workshops on professionalism, proper teacher-student communication as a strategy to address these inappropriate behaviors that can be damaging to our children. In fact, the principal needs to model acceptable behaviors so these educated state employees can imitate. When in doubt, ask yourself these questions: "Was my comment necessary?" "Was it professional?"