My daughter, is in the 3rd grade. We hate it! They are holding my very smart daughter back, from the potential she has, at this miserable school! She does get straight A's, but the teacher doesn't even use proper English! She used the words, "ain't," instead of, "isn't." Just, not setting a good example, at all! My daughter get's bullied, DAILY, because she isn't like most of the other kids, at the school. Because, she is smart, she has caring parents, she doesn't fall into what everyone else is doing, she is called, "weird." The things she tells me, on a daily basis, makes me want to take her out of this school and but her back into private school! 3rd graders are dating, kissing boys at recess, don't care about school work, just Monster High, Justin Beiner, making fun of special needs individuals, or people who aren't like them! It makes me so mad, that my little girl, gets bullied, because people are jealous of her. I really wish parents paid more attention to their kids. Helped them with their homework, didn't let them get away with their horrible attitudes, didn't instill in the to be horrible to others. These are the ones, who are going to end with no job.
Toy Town Elementary My grandson attends Toy Town Elementary. I am thrilled to see him progress and prosper, because of Winchendon's school sytsem. I feel the teachers and staff are top notch. I feel they genuinely care about the education of all the children. The programs are excellent and am thankful my grandson(s) have the privilege to be educated by the teachers at the Winchendon Schools. A proud grandmother.
The staff at this school is amazing. They care about the childrens' happiness and well being. Their academic success is also a top priotity. Students of all abilities are challenged and encouraged.
There are many mean kids in this school, unfortunately the staff are not always aware of it. Unless you have a child who is very strong and vocal, your child might be getting quietly bullied. You have to be a very assertive parent in order to be listened to. If your child is well behaved and good academically, then he/she may very well be ignored because there are too many other children who fall behind and need attention. When you bring up a concern to the teachers or staff, they will more likely make you feel that it is your responsibility. Just be a very keen parent if you want your child to succeed in this school. About the PE teacher...my daughter was his student and he scared her so much. My daughter developed such a negative attitude towards PE and sports in general. She also developed a belief that she is no good in sports. Her self-esteem was affected very much. We as parents had to intervene. She does not go to that school anymore.
I agree with the parent who commented on the PE teacher. HE is very mean and yells @ the kids if they don't do it right the first time and is very vocal and can make kids cry without consoling them. As a proffessional he shouldn't be a PEBteacher but an Army recruiter. I mthink he should be evaluated and his peers need to listen to the parents who listen to their kids. Gym should be fun and a release for kids. Not to feal fear and not want to go to school on the days they have gym.
Teachers there are wonderful. Both my kids were and are honor students. What I believe they need to work on is, how to return calls to parents when parents call them in regards to situations that have to do with their children. I have heard many posistive things about the teachers their, except for the gym coach. I believe that he needs to take anger management class or they need to hired someone else's that enjoys being around kids. He has yelled at the kids, make them cry and say unnecessary remarks/comments to them or about their class. So if your child is going there it is important to listen to your child when they come home and tell you things like that. I happen to be one of the parents that do call in and complain. Not only for my children but for other children and teachers there that he happens to bad mouth. My children loves it there but because of a situation like that, they tell me they don't want to attend the school there and want to move back to their old school! Till today the coach has not apologize to the students or the teacher! Other than this situation the teachers there take the time to get to know their students and focus on them. Very kind and helpful.
My daughter has been going to winchendon schools since kindergarden, and she absolutley loves it here. The teachers are wonderful, she has been on the honor roll since 2nd grade. The town is great, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
As a parent over the past two years I have seen that most of the emphasis is on training kids to take the MCAS. I feel they should be schooled in the basics and at a level that pushes them. Most of the classes are based on the overall ability of the class not the individual. I don't like the idea that the students are praised and penalized as a whole. If one student is good or bad they should be handled as an individual.
Good small town school. Teachers are professional, and they try very hard.
There have been a great number of positive changes at this school within the past 8 months! While the Massachusetts State Board of Education mandated that multi-age teams be transitioned into a differential instruction in every classroom, these changes have influenced the staff and the children in many positive ways! Though the music and arts programs remain small, they are of quality. This school now also offers a very well-funded after school program with more extracurricular activities spread throughout the community. As of Sept 2005, the PTO is aligned with school goals and is welcoming and has the active participation of not only parents but several teachers and administrators as well! Great Improvements!
Multi-level age groups will be non-existant Sept. 2005 and there is no TAG program available. Chapter 70 students dictate classroom structure leaving above average children bored, and unable to move ahead. Music program is small. Musical instruments are optional therefore, not many children participate. Level of parental involvment overwhelmingly competitive - too many fundraisers - school needs great improvement. Cohesion between parent/teacher needs improvement. Administration changes within the past two years has been high and added to the confusion of leadership. This school, while in the turn-around plan, has had many parents turning around and heading out the door with their children in tow.
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