Cheryl Schenk, February 8, 2014
We did an excellent job with Winter NWEA MAP test in January, 2014. 96% of our students are On Track to be promoted to the next grade. Last school year we ended the year at 78%. The students worked extremely hard to make such great gains. We all know the students couldn't make these gains without the great staff that we have. We made the highest growth of the 41 schools in the Network in Reading and Math in every area except for seventh grade math.
This school is amazing the kids are nice the parents are nice the new principle is nice everything is organized great library and the school has so many programs for kids to learn and do activities before school and after school and everybody there is just really nice I recommend your kid going there
Palmer is a regular chicago public school. You've got teachers who really care and go the extra mile and otheres that just are bad. Some of the teachers are very mean, othere teachers have no athority in there own class. One of my daughters teacher collected money for a field trip that never happend and wasn't ok'd buy the princable. She never refunded the money. Big problems with bullies, girls like to presure othere girls to fight after school. The school rarely returns phone calls, Princable is always in a meeting. During the winter a child broke his leg walking into the school. Because of ice all over the place. I watched the EMT's put the boy on a stretcher I asked the Princable if the need money salt, we all could donate so this doesn't happen, no answer. Later I see a huge bag of rockk salt right by the entrence. Aparently they don't care enough to use it. There are some truely wonderful staff and teachers but not enough.
I think the principal, teachers and staff are working extremely hard to make this a top school in the district on both an academic and social/emotional level. A major strength is our diverse community of families who make up our school community. If you make just the slightest effort you'll find that our parents are so open, welcoming, and helpful - everyday it's a joy to meet and talk with other parents, grandmothers and grandfathers who care so much about the well being of their kids. I'm confident, based on the turnout at the first parent meeting and open house, that with we will continue to build on our strengths and exceed our goals for the year!
I love this school because they care about all the children and want the best for them
I used to work at Palmer (relocated to Denver)! The great staff (co-workers), students, and parents made the school work so well. I will always have fond memories:)
It is an exciting time of change, and the school is a great place for learning.
If you want excellent teachers that actually care about each individual student, this is the school you want. If you want diversity throughout the school, this is the school you want. If you want help, advice and understanding regarding any personal situations or help with your child, this is the school you want! My son will be graduating from here in June and I can't thank everyone here enough for helping us and supporting him since the 2nd grade, everyone will truly be missed and I can only hope that financially things will get better for me so I can be blessed enough to put his brothers and sisters back at this school so they can thrive , grow and prosper as he did!
In the last year Palmer has come up from poor leadership to a great leadership team. The Local School Council and the staff worked hard to find Mr. Anderson and it was a great choice. The teachers now have support, discipline, and with that comes a great learning environment and students' ownership to the school. It is a great neighborhood school that will only get better. You can't go wrong with this school.
There are a lot of changes going on, including a new music program, and looks to have a great future.
The Palmer community is very fortunate to have Don Anderson as their new leader. I wonder how many parents realize he was responsible for training new CPS principals prior to accepting the principal job at Palmer? Together with Mr. Frede, the new AP, they have improved the curriculum, addressed ESL and Special Ed issues, cleaned up the campus, supported after school activities such as the new music program, upgraded textbooks, got the tech lab up and running, finally we have a library where the kids can actually borrow books...the list goes on and on. The teachers, a change-resistant lot, have embraced his leadership because his ideas are sensible and well thought out. Yes, he is difficult to reach on the phone because he is always on the go, not sitting at his desk. Stop by the school office and he will make time to talk to you, he is extremely personable.
Palmer is so much better than it was in past years. The new principal is wonderful and is really starting to challenge the teachers to do their best, and provide them with the training and professional development to grow in their profession. He is providing teachers and parents with more resources. The school is neat and clean finally and security is tighter. Parents are not allowed to roam the halls and this also keeps out any other strangers from walking around unattended. Communication is better, I don't know why the previous reviewer said it wasn't. Parents are encouraged to talk directly to their student's teachers instead of going through him it means clearer communication. The afterschool programs are much better than last year, and we now have a great music program. Parents like the new curriculum also. The teachers worked hard to recover from the previous mismanagement of the last principal.
Palmer was a better school in the old principal's time. We would communicate with her all the times. The new principal who started this year gemerally doesn't answer the calls and never return the calls. Therefore when parents have any problem with a teacher or anything else they cannot addess their concerns to the principal. Poor principal leadership.
I have two son's that attend palmer school. I have a first grader and a fourth grader. We only have been at palmer school for little over a year. This school is wonderful and the teachers are excellent on how and what they teach.
I can't say enough good things about Palmer. My daughter is in the 3rd grade and compared to other kids her age much more advanced in reading and language skills especially. I never was much of a reader but find it to be crucial for her development. This school has far exceeded my expectations. I firmly believe this is due to the dedicated teachers and outstanding principal and vice-principal. Great School!
Great school wonderful kindergarden teachers which is so important I found that my older children learn more from these teachers at this school then my youngest did at another school.
I am a former student. It was because of the teachers at this school that I have a love for reading. The things I remember most are the way teachers set a standard for the students academic success. They would consistently raise the bar for each person, but in the process keeping us distracted by making it fun. I miss grammer school, really I miss Palmer. Thanks for giving me as much guidance as you did - for as long as you could.
For a school of approximately 900 students, the halls and classrooms are immaculate and order is maintained. Leadership from the principal and assistant principal is excellent, although both are nearing retirement age so succession is an issue. My major concern stems from the lack of an honors program for students performing above the norm. The response is always 'test for a gifted or magnet school' but with so few available seats in these types of schools, it would be wonderful if Palmer would take a stand and make this a priority.
The focus at this school seems to be reading, which is great. Early on, students are asked to do book reports and read at least 20-30 minutes a day. However, there doesn't seem to be a different learning 'track' or program if your child happens to be one of the slower/quicker learner in the classrooms. The focus is on maintaining an average level, rather than challenging those who are ready to move forward. Unfortunately, the school seems to dismiss the value of recess, computer classes, music and other such cirriculum. This is probably due to lack of funding and - I think - a huge downfall to an otherwise decent school.
I recently moved to Los Angeles and everything my 8 year old daughter is learning in her new school she has learned in 1st grade. Palmer was a very in-depth and hands on school. They're curriculum was challenging. If I could I would put my daughter right back in there. I would highly recommend this school.
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