This school Is downright terrible. I don't even know where to start. Ok first off I will talk about the teachers here. With only a few exceptions the teachers here are terrible and shouldn't be allowed to teach. They are more concerned about getting you in trouble then giving you a quality education. And they are not understanding at all. Secondly their curriculum is terrible. You vote for a subject and learn about that. Instead of history, social studies, English I've learned about aliens and nascar. I'm never gonna be prepared for high school. And the behavior problem is terrible. The teachers think they have it under control but they don't. There are bullies everywhere every corner there is a fist fight going on. Almost everyone one hear smokes and drinks. The hallways smell like pot. And only about 4 percent of the stuff that goes on here gets caught. Please please do not send your child or anyone you care about to this school. It is setting them up for failure.
Just an FYI ... Some of these ratings are relatively old. If you look at the ratings that are 2006 or older you get a 2-star rating. Looking at the ratings that are 2009 and newer you get a 4-star rating. To me, this indicates change and improvement that might not be recognized by the overall rating of 3-stars. (as of 01-2014) Shouldn't these ratings be aged off the record or at least age weighted to better reflect how the school is performing now?
As a parent of a child who is tagged as "gifted", I look at this from a different viewpoint but I do think that MCMS does an admirable job of supporting both ends of the learning ability spectrum. I recognize just how difficult it can be to effectively engage children of multiple abilities in the same classroom. The culture of MCMS is very accepting of kids who are "different" due to being gifted or learning challenged. The focus seems to be upon improving the kid and helping them to become much better than they were when they entered the school. This being the case, I need to point out that MCMS seems to be a magnet that continues to attract a good number of special needs kids within the area. It has become a stress point for the school in times of tight budgets and limited resources. I am not certain how much more of a specialized curriculum load they can handle whether it be kids that have learning challenges or are gifted. Both require special handling and resources that are in short supply.
This school does very well for both the special need and exceptional student. It understands how to adjust the core curriculum to the student. It tends to attract a number of special needs students because of this. Thus, why it's test scores do not adequately reflect the true value of the school.
I'm an honors student at Maranacook Middle school, and it is not hard to be one. Maranacook classes are very easy and they teach you stuff you have already learned. NO one pays attention in class and yet we ace worksheets easily. People think Maranacook is a smart school, but really we just have easy work.
I am a teacher who has experience in other schools and work places. My family moved here in part because of the excellence of this school as a place for students to excel and as a place to work, if a person is willing to work harder them most any school. The level of comment here is very high. The looping and teams greatly adds to the well being of the students.
Unusually committed to the well being of students. The looping with students helps to build trust and I think makes for a health climate. Most of the teachers make a great effort. Some great material allows for kids to be challenged at whatever level they are at. I have never seen a school where teachers work harder. The principle is very open to input.
My daughters have made great gains at this school! Math instruction filled in the holes that they came with from elementary school. The integrated instruction was engaging and the project work incorporated many great skills from research and writing to presenting. I am very happy with their middle school experience!
My child has been in the Maranacook school system since Kindergarten. Elementary School was wonderful. High School is sufficient. The Middle School however was, and still is, lacking in many areas. This wouldn't be as much of a problem, if the staff, principal, superintendent and school board were willing to engage in an open dialoge with the community about the positives and negatives of the school and then be willing to make changes that reflect the values of the community. This middle school reflects the values of the principal which is very different from what the majority of the community want. I moved into this school system because of the wonderful elementary school and I stayed in the school system becasue I did not want my child to have to change schools (I had that experience and it can be very difficult). However, I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone.
I think that the school is really good, and any parent that doesn't think their kid is learning enough isn't involved. The kids who do badly don't try or care about school. The teachers (at least on my team) are really involved and it's really hard to fail a class; they try to help all the kids, giving them more challenging assignments if they need it, and vise versa, and the sports are really good, even with the budget freeze. I have had a really great time in middle school, which is supposed to (or so I hear) be the hardest part in a kids life.
As far as extracurricular activities they are very good. the school does not fund them hardly at all until u get to High School. If your child has any behavioral problems at all do not send them to this school, they will have a very hard time. The 'positive learning center' isn't actually so positive.
It is nice to see how someone got the students to write great reviews, someone was clever. I am unimpressed with the structure of the curriculum and how unorganized assignments are. I find my child not learning the skills needed for high school. What happened to the basics? This school is too liberal and does not prepare the kids for high school or college curriculum.
This school has really helped me a lot. When I had a question they had answers. When I had a problem, they had solutions. The staff at the school helps the kids in class, and at home with the website that has acess to all the homework assignments and e-mailing capabilities to contact the teachers at home. There are loads of activities whether you like sports or even if you like knitting there is usually always something there for you. If your thinking of joining this school dont hesitate. This shchool is the right one for you. So join now! yeah!
This is a good school. We are taught many things to prepare us for the high school. Although some of the classes we have may be topics we don't need to know, we learn good skills through the activities and work we do. Although some kids complain about their teachers it doesn't mean they aren't doing a good job at teaching. After reading some comments I don't understand what is bad about being near the high school. I think it helps us understand what it will be like actaully.
Every one who is dessapointed in the middle school needs to lighten up, all my teachers are doing the right thing. We are learning about other cultures and government. All thouse classes are very important. Most kids in this school are good students and all you parents out there that don't like this school need to look deeper into the system. I don't know of one kid in this school who doesnt have a laptop.
It has been my experience that the staff works very hard and tries to offer the kids an education. They are willing to work with parents and give a lot of time for the kids. While I don't always agree with them, I feel they are working for the best possible result. The administration on the other hand is lacking in that they do not communicate well. E-mails are not answered. Questions go without answers. It is not a welcoming atmosphere. It is sad that those in the community feel their child's time in Middle School is successful if they have not fallen behind from where they were when they left elementary school. There is a real disconnect between the Middle School and other schools in the district. It's sad.
I am very disappointed in the school system in general and scared for my kids to attend the middle school. The parent association is a joke, noone is listening. I am sad the kids that graduate will only struggle. There is no transition for kids from middle to high school, my son struggled and had a horrible freshman year thanks to not learning fundamentals in the middle school .
My daughter has been in this school district for5 years my husbands family graduated from mchs along w/ my niece no school is perfect but the teachers have been great to my daughter all the people complaining about the system why dont you do something to help. Its not just the schoools responsibility but the students & parents. You can find something to complain about in every district. I believe we should be grateful for what we have and work to make it better.And a thank you to the staff for all you do for the little pay & all the weight parents put on your shoulders to be perfect. From 3 generations of MCMS.
My child has gone through the middle school and was not prepared for high school. Some of the homework my child had came from the internet because they didn't have updated books. My child was left out as well as others on the laptop program. The middle school is located right next to the high school so kids from both schools are going back and forth. I have seen this myself. I don't feel the 6th and 7th graders should be that close to the high school. Some of the staff tried to take over my parental role and put my child in a bad situation. Playing sports is very very political. More and more parents are homeschooling instead of sending there kids to the middle school. I would like to stress again that the acedemics in the middle shcool do not prepare the kids for high school.
MCMS is a really bad school. Don't even think of sending your kids here. I am homeschooled, and my parents pulled me out of MCMS because of the discipline. Plus, none of the classes were challenging enough. Even the MCHS classes aren't challenging.
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