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Gould Elementary School5
Posted October 03, 2014
- a parent
We have been at Gould for three years now and we have enjoyed our experience there. My twin boys started at Gould in PreK and are now in 1st grade while my daughter has started her PreK year at Gould. We have had awesome teachers, my kids come home happy every afternoon and are excited to go back every morning. I do think that there could be more parental involvement but the school itself gives lots of opportunities and encouragement to parents. It has a strong PTA and I have seen many parents in the classrooms and throughout the school. I would love for my children to have more active time but I believe this is a systemic problem and not a Gould Elementary problem. I always have a pleasant experience at this school and do not plan on moving my children from it.
We are still trying to ascertain if it is the weak teaching staff and generally unmotivated administration contributing to the hostile environment in the school or the overall lack of parental involvement - or a combination of both. We are running...RUNNING far from this school and the area it serves after experiencing a few months here. There is absolutely no positive psychology toward children and learning and the atmosphere is indeed hostile, with a backdrop of unmotivated teachers and punitive punishment techniques. The children are yelled at by support staff, yelled at if they wiggle even slightly from the 3-tile from the wall rule, yelled at if they talk at lunch and the "music" is playing (followed by a mandatory class assignment for each individual to write a paragraph which reports the guilty talkers in lunch). Sadistic, cruel and punitive. Here is the kicker: the majority of teachers do not allow the children to wash hands after using the restroom and squirt hand sanitizer in their hands as they exit the class-mandated bathroom breaks (2 a day and yes my first grader's class had several wetting accidents in the first few weeks). Horrific experience, poorly run.
I have not had any problems with this school except that it took some time to get my kids registered since we moved from another state , but my son has ADHD and his teacher is very good with him and is very good about letting me know if he is having a bad day or anything else and has been finding ways to work with him I am very grateful for this school and i am glad that my kids are going to it
Last year my son was in Pre-K at Gould and he had a rough year, he hated it, but we had a great support team: Mrs.Collins, Pre-K Advocate, and Mr. Fleeman, counselor. He still looks up to Mr. Fleeman, that was his go to guy when he was down. Now he is in Kindergarten and loves it. We haven't got to far in the school year, but I can tell you two things. 1.) Dr. Ethel Bowles is truly missed. She was a great principal and gave the school a very nuturing atmosphere. May Howard is lucky to have her. 2) Ms. Hermance is awesome. My son has made such a turn around this year. She is able to balance fun & discipline at the same time, which alot of teachers can't - they are either one or the other. He looks forward to seeing her even on the weekends.
Dr. Bowles is a wondeful person and we are sad to lose her to May Howard. While she was here she was supportive, creative, and very encouraging. She brought test scores that were so very low and made them higher. If it was possible I would send my kids wherever she is now.
Teaching at Gould is great- Principal Bowles is supportive, and the school's climate is very helpful to teachers. There is a very nice atmosphere at Gould- for not only teachers, but kids, and parents. I teach special education and there is lots of support for the total family at this school. Gould is a hidden gem.