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Posted April 18, 2013
- a community member
Contrary to what a previous rating has stated, this school values all children and works hard to accommodate learning styles and differentiates when appropriate and needed. It has the highest scores in its district on state tests with most being above state averages. Teachers are available for extra help before and after school and the principal often stays after to work with students as well. Offers have been made to provide rolling backpacks to students and folders, notebooks and school supplies are provided to students in need. The staff works hard to have positive discipline under PBIS guidelines. With the help of the PTF, not only do they reward students for academics and good behavior but they also recognize positive behavior through Eagle Pride stickers, recognition and assemblies. This school should be applauded for their focus on the students, their academics and promoting positive behaviors and attitudes.
My children love the Etna Dixmont school. They are constantly investigating and solving problems that challenge them to think deeply. Instruction is individualized and the teachers communicate well with parents. We receive weekly newsletters from both the principal and teacher. The PTF is extremely active, sponsoring many activities for children. We are lucky to have such a wonderful school in our small community.
This is a school which is desperately lacking in parent-teacher connection. From where I sit, most teachers do not show interest and/or have any time to be bothered with staying in touch with parents who have children that do not learn the way their 'typical' students learn. The guidance program what guidance program? There is no art program for those learners who thrive on being creative. There is little focus on preparing students for real life other than health class. Too focused on teaching to the curriculum, not to the child! This school, like so many others needs to be more open-minded and creative, not rigid, narrow-minded, and punitive. Kids need to be shown respect and inspired to work through example.
This school is to focused on discipline and not enough on education. School should be fun, if the child is not having fun while learning and in a atmosphere were he/she can enjoy them selves then how will you peek there interest enough to learn anything? They are so busy trying not to get in trouble for little insignificant things that they don't have time for learning.
The school has definitely gone through changes over the past 15 years. I have seen 5 pricipals thus far and I think it has alot to with staff and student morale. When a priicipal comes in and drains the life from a school it's hard to keep rejuvenating with each reign. The school needs more parents to get involved I see the same dozen or so parents at most events supporting the school. As new parents come in they should be informed of ways that they can help. The upper level needs more guidance in the area of student counsel and class officer position. Academically the spelling program is ugh and while all the focus is on 'No Child Left Behind' other students sit and mildew the day away. All students deserve to be challenged and to have their minds constantly thinking. I try to keep hope that things will improve.
Poor school. Has gone down hill over the last 10 years. There are a few wonderful teachers. There are other teachers that do not interact with children very well. Principal brushes issues asside and does not take care of things. Principal does not return phone calls to concerned parents. School has a strict sports academic policy which is stricter than surrounding districts. This leaves a disadvantage to students when they move up to the highschool level. Discipline procedure are unfare and biased and differ from teacher to teacher. Minor issues, such as supporting your head with your hand and elbow may result in a checkmark leading up to a detention.