My daughter really likes FBMS (2011-2013). I believe the criticism in the other reviews needs some perspective. This is a working-class town that is surrounded by other affluent communities. In this school, the students are grouped into "clusters"....... Crimson Cluster, Yellow Cluster, etc. My daughter had 2 teachers who projected poor attitudes, but all of her other teachers have been outstanding. As parents, we always engage with our child's teachers. We initiate meetings with the teacher. We want the teacher to know that we are engaged/supportive. 99% of teachers and Staff have truly created a positive culture of "inclusiveness". As an example, the school productions (music/drama) have every student participating, no matter how small their role. When we had concerns about another student being disruptive toward our daughter, the Asst. Principal was directly engaged with us regarding the matter (very responsive).
To be frank, I have no clue why this school has a rating of 8! It is a huge disappointment all around. Our family moved here from the city to have a better quality life for our children. We make fairly decent money and try to be involved in the community as much as possible, so it was a complete shock when we had to go up against the school for numerous atrocities. My son's teacher would send home work to be completed that she would "make up". The vocab words each week consisted of words she had made up, which was fine until we learned some did not even exist in the dictionary anywhere! I did not have an issue until the third time this happened. The teachers for the most part are great but the bad teachers take all the credit away. The school must not have any funding and judging by the yearly taxes, you would think it should be a really great school. The academics might seem on point, but the students really do not learn everything because it goes by so fast they do not have a chance to indulge in it. One week could consist of three projects done in one class alone. This gives you one night to complete a poster, and make something special from that project. Huge disappointment.
I had some pretty good teachers at this school, but it needs work. First of all, the rules here are pretty ridiculous. You can only go to your locker at certain times which makes a huge load of books and you can't carry a backpack. Seriously? You also have to be walked down to lunch in 6th and 7th grade. This isn't kindergarten. Lastly, the school says they have a zero tolerance bullying policy, but in my view that's not the case. The guidance department is wonderful, but its the principal that I was never a fan of. Most importantly, the education I got out of this school was fantastic. I am not complaining there.
Marshfield is a wonderful place for children up to age 11. When the children go to this school at age 12, things aren't as good. The students are mean, plain and simple. I am a student at this school, and I have been bullied relentlessly through both of the two years I've been going to this school. I've tried telling guidance and the principal, but little is ever done to stop these kids. The handfull of students that are even a tiny bit different are rideculed by the "popular girls" on almost a daily basis. Children run to the principal's office crying, and very little is done to stop these girls. Acedemically, everything is fine. But bullies run wild here, so be warned.
Not a well run school. The good teachers are outnumbered by the time-killers and the teacher's union runs the show. Shy kids and children of color continue to be marginilized in favor of the white (Irish) jocks and townees. This school needs some real leadership and the bad apples need to be removed. Especially the teachers who are academically suspect. Bullying remains a problem and little is done about it.
Because the school is giving the kids a global perspective. They have formed a relationship with the aids/hiv orphans of Malawi. We all are blessed by the caring they are showing.
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