My daughter has been attending Greencastle since 2014 and is now in the 2nd grade this year. She loves her teachers, KAH program and all the friends she has made. The beginning of each school year has been a little hectic and little communication between the greencastle faculty and the parents. However, they make up for it through out the year and provide parents with all outlets to communicate with their teachers, principal and vice principal if we ever need any information. They have had a heavy teacher turnover the past three years she has been there. but her teachers have been very nice. She is excelling in her classes and I am pleased with the work they are giving her, the caring attention and great environment in each class room.
I like that the teachers in my daughters classes have given her homework packets over the years for her to do at home. In addition, they assign a reading log for her to do additional reading to develop her skill. The teacher make it a priority to check their work on Fridays and they have a spelling test to build her word vocabulary.
The new principal is probably not the right fit for the Greencastle community. The community is demanding with many needs. Principals best suited must have firsthand knowledge, passionate, approachable and transparent. Those atleast at the surface are currently lacking. The atmosphere and lack of school - parent - community interaction and communication definitely needs to be improved. However, the teaching staff is superb and that is key and probably the saving grace, but still solid leadership is needed at the helm.
The staff is very caring and goes above and beyond daily. The PTA and parents work closely with the staff to provide assistance and great cultural events. There are over 800 students but the office and administration works patiently with the parents and students.
Most of what has been said about Greencastle is true, especially with the instability of leadership(Principal) in the school. This has got to change. There are great students and teachers but during RECESS more attention needs to be given to the kids.I have had 3 kids injured severly during recess.
1. younger students get hurt a lot during recess because the recess staff is not watching them! 2. monthly homework instead of daily homework (which doesn't not benefit the students, only the teachers) 3. principal is not listening to the parent's concerns 4. some incompetent teachers