I love how most teachers give out their homework on Mondays and it is not due until Fridays. They have all week to work on it. This is fantastic because it allows the student not to get stressed about it; it allows the student to learn time management; and it allows the student to have family time or time for other activities after school. I also love that some of the teachers send an email with the homework that will be given out on Monday so that way the parent knows what the child will be doing for that particular week. I wish this was mandatory for all of the teachers to do this. However, for the ones that already implement this success building strategy, you are setting the students up for achievement!
The PVA magnet program at Brooklyn Park Middle School is outstanding! As a parent and volunteer, I see so many of the students with a great attitude, a quest for learning, and they are actually able to carry on conversations with adults! I am super impressed with this program and credit its success to the wonderful and highly motivated teachers and staff. I have been to many of the school events and have not witnessed "clique-ish" behavior or bullying at all. I have only seen the kids interacting and being friendly to everyone. The positive rewards that the teachers implement must be working, because my daughter is happy to go to school in the mornings and still has a smile on her face when she comes home in the evenings! I think the low score on this website should really be re-evaluated. It is an outstanding school with very helpful teachers and staff, as well as having incredibly gifted students!