Our children absolutely loved their teachers at Weaver Elementary this past year! One child said they wanted to be a teacher when they grow up because of the fun they had learning in their classroom!
We are a minority family and it was important for me to see how caring and patient these teachers were to all the kids, not just my own. Most of the teachers overall were kind and pleasant, but Specials was what my kids looked forward to the most. They would come home to share what they learned and tell me, "Mommy guess what? Mrs. Buerke (Music ) is so nice, she let me play her piano at the end of class! " Mrs. McCord (Art) is so funny she says, "Oh, you need to listen class, don't make me sing to you!" and "Coach O (P.E.) is so pretty, she always says I'm doing a great job!"
I do wish the school district would provide funds for more educational opportunities and lessons that contain hands-on projects, although two of my children are able to benefit from this fun learning opportunity when they attend the Gifted programs once a week. If the district focused their resources on project-based or hands-on learning and more STEM related lessons instead of the MAP testing that goes on for weeks, public school student's grades would increase, and high-school drop out rates would decrease because students are getting more of that individualized education.
We attended some of the after-school activities at Weaver and noticed not many other parents showed up. The school facilities always looked nice and tidy. I was also able to observe the new Principle Mrs. Webster. Her interactions with parents was excellent. She had a kind yet professional demeanor. Sadly in one occasion a parent was yelling in a threatening manner to her and she remained calm and professional stating, "I know you are upset, I can help you, we can work together." I left that afternoon thinking, I don't know how these teachers & staff do it!
Although at home we teach our children that they are to diligently do their school work, respect their teachers and be kind to everyone, seeing this level of dedication and love from the teachers and staff put my heart at ease. It showed me that the teachers really enjoyed being with our children and that they were doing their best to make learning fun!
Teachers seem to be able to connect well with students. Although teaching is a noble profession teachers can not possibly be fully effective with all 15-25 students. As parents it is our priority to make sure our children's academic, social and emotional needs are being taking care of. Teachers do the best they can.
If you can send your kid anywhere else, do it. Only a few of the teachers really care about the kids and ALL the teachers are afraid of the principal. The principal is a terrible bully (to everyone - adults and students alike) and the secretary sucks up to the principal until you wonder how she breathes. I saw so much wrong with this school it gave me nightmares. Bullying and discrimination are rampant. I moved my kid and saw an instant improvement.
Unfortunately, Weaver can not seem to do better with scores. My children were going there and I loved the teachers because I do believe they care. But their hands are tied also as how much they can offer the students. Everything is about politics and looks, we finally had an opportunity to change schools and I can see the difference in my children's behavior has turned more positive since my oldest keep getting bullied on the playground and nothing was ever done but when he tried to defend himself he would get in trouble. Things need to get better for Weaver.
My son enrolled in Kindergarten here, and the first day of school, we were informed that due to his mental and behavioral issues, he would only be allowed to attend half days. Yet, they refused him an IEP. His teacher was very nice, and seemed to want to help, but all the principal could do was make excuses, and the secretary would scream at the kids for no good reason. Plus, when my son was sick, we called to let them know, but then they called the truancy officer, claiming he had missed all of these days with no contact, and that we were voluntarily picking him up early! This school is a crock, and my son wasn't the only victim. Another child I knew was equally discriminated against because he was Autistic. Never again!
Weaver since implementing the common corp concepts only show that switching gears took the school from bad to worse! We have a 1st student and a 2nd grade student at Weaver. It has been a sub par school since we moved into this district and has sunk even lower in scores as seen in the 2013 assessment. My children will finish out this year and then home school as we can do a better job than the school is currently doing. Plus the fact that they require parent involvement anyway which we do but most of the teaching is coming from the parent to begin with,not from the school. I encourage a new team to lead the school that is more focused on children and less focused on self image. People the basics are being missed here!! teach the children as it is all about them!! figure that out and then you will get somewhere until then the students will continue to falter. Pay teachers more to do their jobs and give them the resources they need and stop hiring Superintendents over a quarter million dollars plus give him a 37,000 raise over the last guy when the children are failing and no recovery in sight!
Informed me that my son would be starting 1'st grade with no problem, and then the day before school started called to say classes were full and would have to go elsewhere. The secretary was the one who called and had a 'Could give a Dam' attitude. My daughter is still going to be attending the 'Wonder Years' program there causing a headache with having to get both my kids to two different schools at the same time.