I have seen some good changes at this school this year Bissett is working hard on giving the students a better school
My son had a fantastic teacher (Mrs. Cincotta) for 5th grade. There was great communication between her and me. I felt comfortable and supported at all times for any of my concerns. He was in the Math Competition and the other teachers do a great job to support the kids. My son loved his Music teacher too and felt he learned so much. I continued to see my son excited about school and his teachers plus his principal. We are sad to leave this school. Yes, I did volunteer to help support this great school and those in it who go beyond their job descriptions!
This is one of the worst schools our son has ever attended. His teacher (Jill Cook - 4th grade) has gone out of her way to alienate him, but she refuses to communicate with us about her behavior. The principal (Marcie Stallcup) is endorsing a "fund raising" program that takes money away from the school and gives most of to a chain pizza-store that is heavy into supporting private Christian education. I've tried to help with school projects, but my requests are rejected. We can't wait until our son is old enough to get away from this stifling institution.
I have 2 children that attend this school, the teachers are great and my children love going to school everyday, I find the teachers care about my children's education at this school. I am very pleased with Bissett Elementary.
This school is stuggling to overcome many problems that plague the Springfield School system. The main one being lack of parents that take an interest in their childrens learning process. Students are challenged to study and perform well. If the parent feels that their child is so advanced (what parent doesn't)they should talk with the principal and teacher to plan a more challenging program. It has worked for me and several of the foster children that have come through our home. Some who are advanced and some who are behind but all have benefited from this school.
I have 3 gifted children at this school that love attending. They also attend the gifted program offered by Springfield Public schools WINGS on Thursdays. The faculty truely cares about the students and the PTA is very involved.
This year I believe we have all wonderful teachers at Bissett. My parent involvement has made a difference with me getting to know the principal and the teachers. I look forward to a wonderful year. Sometimes I believe that Bissett can be to strict if anything. This is the only negative comment I have. I know you have to have rules but we need to remember these are children also.
This school does not offer programs for children whose academic performance is consistently well above average. There are no tutors to enable and challenge academically gifted children. My child is bored, academically unchallenged and continues to review the same materials day after day due to the majority student population performing well below average. I am currently searching for an alternative option for my child's education. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest, I rate this school as a 0.
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