Im giving this school two stars because of the principal and secretarial staff. The teachers my children have at this school are amazing! Unfortunately when you walk into the office you are greeted by grouchy ladies and treated as an inconvenience. The principal is fake. She will smile but it's not real. She is head of the school and sets the tone. In my opinion she doesn't act or look professional. This school also doesn't follow the bullying policy. This is a K-2 school why don't they have more time for arts and crafts, recess, and why can't the talk at lunch? Also they spend to much time on the computers and not enough time actually writting. My child's handwriting is horrible. Also when did music, gym and art become more than a participation grade? I don't think a child should be getting a bad grade in these subjects as long as they are trying. They didn't choose to participate in them. Some children are not athletic, artistic or musically inclined. This school does have after school clubs which is wonderful! They also need some new playground equipment. I guess they did get something new but the principal won't let the kids use it. I'm not sure why???
My son is a new student this year at Winfield. His teacher has made the transition such an easy one for us. I love that the parents have an opportunity to volunteer, as we did not have that coming from Lake Central School corp. With that, I have so much more knowledge about what's going on, what he's working on and what I can help out at home with. The computers are also new to us and that's just another great change we didn't have before. Overall everything has been great for us
The reviews talking about a wonderful principal are talking about the former principal. She was a fabulous, selfless woman. The new principal is exactly as another poster said "not as friendly as you think". She will smile and talk to you so saccharine sweetly while at the same time being fake and condescending. She is not proactive about bullying no matter what the policies say. Also, the school is disgustingly filthy. The bathroom facilities smell of urine all the time, to the point students will wait to use facilities at home rather than enter the disgusting bathrooms at school. You can often see feces that have been wiped on the walls of the stalls for days, weeks, and probably months. The male janitors enter the children's facilities at will, various times during the day without ensuring children (boys and girls) are not in there which is unacceptable. The annual lice outbreaks have been better controlled since more lockers have been added and students no longer are forced to share, but the school is small and overcrowded which complicates the issue. The "Crabby" secretary has retired, but a new rude and condescending one has taken her place. Nothing much has changed in the office, they bombard parents begging for volunteers and involvement, but then treat you like garbage when you come to volunteer. The teachers yell almost constantly and seem to take their frustrations with their boss out on the students which only creates anxieties about attending school in students Kindergarten-2nd where they should be taught to love school and enjoy learning, instead they are confronted with an overzealous principal looking for her next 15 minutes of fame and a curriculum that doesn't foster any creativity or enjoyment. The district has started a new computer-blended curriculum, and that is the only reason this particular school is getting 2 stars, otherwise it would get the bare minimum from me.
The teachers and staff are amazing! My son's first experience with Winfield was in speech when he was three years old. Everyone took the time to get to know him and show him the school. He's soon to be a second grader and loves school. He participates in the after school activities they offer and loves it! You know you have a good school when your child can't wait to go!