My child currently attends that school.... and I have to be honest it's a disgrace and a shame that those good teachers and good students have to suffer for lack of caring on the part of others. My child wants nothing more but to get out of that school. my wife and I are currently looking for a home in a better school district, to put our daughter and later our son in a better school system. In a nutshell the entire neighborhood in that area has fallen by the waist side and consist of a bunch of parents that just don't give a d!!! and thier kids are bringing that same attitude with them to school.....
I move a lot, and right now I'm attending Ruskin High School. After six weeks, I have no learned one single thing. Most of the lessons are what Center Middle School teaches in their eight grade, or revisited in Raytown High School at the very beginning of the school year for 9th graders. What I'm saying is that this school is well behind in a lot of their subjects. Some of the staff members have attitudes if asked a certain thing, even going to the point of pressing their religion views onto you. Every doorway is guarded, where going to your counselor in the morning is a not. And the bus system...if you are gone from your spot for more than a week, from sickness or a funeral, the bus drivers will just drive past you. And there are so many changes, such as what time when the students get out and the bus arrangement, but no one will inform you until the very last second, and then it's too late. If you transfer in, you will find yourself bored with all of the super easy tasks they assign. This school is primary for their students to socialize (as well as fight and cause drama), not a place for work.
I currently live in the Hickman Mills School District and I'm trying to run fast as I can. I have one daughter who graduated in 2007. Yes she is in her 4th year of college but she is struggling with her Science/Math courses. I now know it's because she was not prepared. She wasn't taught the basics or fundamentals needed to succeed in those areas. I now have an 8th grader who I pulled from the district. I have since enrolled him in private school. His number one thing on his Christmas list was to go to a different school. RED FLAG #1. I won't use this forum to bash teachers/administrators but I could go on for days about the lack of attention, detail, accountability and compentency! This district is failing students who have a desire to succeed in life!!
As a student of Hickman Mills High School, I believe that the teachers fully prepare their students to go into the world, not looking for sympathy from their teachers or others. The teachers enforce the fact that your grade and results are your responsibility. This has raised our test scores, and we have met AYP this last year, while other schools in the same financial predicament have not. We can accredit this to the quality of teachers, and students. For those who claim that the teachers, principals, and vice principals are not giving us enough attention or that they don't care about us, that is a big lie. The fact that these teachers have kept teaching at this school, instead of teaching at a more well off school, shows their dedication to their students, and their jobs. They give us what we need to know.
Hickman Mills has problems with discipline, but I do not believe it's the schools problem, but more of a society as a whole problem. Parents need to become active in thier children's lives and enforce what is being taught at the school.
The school can be a dominant one in the area if it had been given the appropriate guidance it needs and if the teachers would teach where the students understand and learn. Are our math and science teachers tteaching above or below the levels of the students ability? Lack of classroom control without any teacher reprecussions to the teacher is inconceivable. The principal needs to be more active and supportive of it's student body. The principal and assistant principals should be out in the morning welcoming and greeting the students. Show you care about them. All tests given at the school should reflect on what the student has learned during the past few months. Do not give a ACT type test or SAT test like what was done this past year without parents being told or the students beforehand. Don't give ACT tests for finals.
I am currently a senior at HMHS and I feel my four years there have been wasted. It's a terrible school and with all of the chaos going on, it's hard to keep your eye on authentic goals. We need changes, and FAST. I feel the school still has a chance to change in many respects, but it's evidently going to take a lot of work. I just hope the graduation ceremony isn't a total disgrace again.