Sue Morrow was a great school until the new principal came in about two years ago. He is very inexperienced, and the climate of the school changed right after he started. It is no longer warm and family-like at the school. Student expectations have gone down. Problems are swept under the rug. It is quite obvious that the staff and teachers are unhappy with the changes.
Last here is the proof. The school all year is asking for the parents to give money for the school, yet you will see if you attend the truth, Why do you have to give the teacher dinner tickets or vacation money or many expensive gifts for your child to attend the school and the teachers asking for the parent and student to give gifts and money toward teachers. What is it now the teacher only ask for gifts or other wise they don;t teach your kid correct without money of special gifts the teachers ask from the kids to bring to school ? ? They are only interested in the bottom line making the school look good at what every cost. Anyway they don't want to hear from you. I tried making and appointment to speak to the principle, he never did always sent Mr. C the assistant principle. So I went to the CCSD and only than did they take attention when you get the School District involved. Parents beware your Kids education at risk here, you will see for yourself. My Oswalt the principle only think show them some chart they are doing good even if they are failing he tries to convince you otherwise. My kid had some "F" on her weekly test but yet has A & B on her report card - - Interesting.
I have a Kindergartener in Mrs. DelGiorno's class. I believe her and Mrs. Henn are wonderful teachers. I can only speak for those two since I have not met the PM teachers. My child went in not knowing much and has learned so much already. Mr. Oswalt is the new principal this year and have no complaints with him at all. I have not had any problems with any of the staff. I believe there are two negatives regarding kindergarten. 1) it is not long enough (only 2.5 hours) and 2) there are too many kids per class/teacher (30 kids in each class). My child would benefit from a smaller class size, she gets distracted easily and constantly needs redirection. Teachers really appreciate parent involvement. PTA is really involved in this school. There are carnivals, dances, donuts and dads, and other activities throughout the school year.
Former students told us that Sue Morrow had an awesome fifth grade program that stressed preparation for middle school. Our special needs child was granted a variance and has learned many skills needed to survive middle school. We are actually starting to look forward to sixth grade. She has been challenged by changing classes, juggling assignments from different teachers, and tough, time-consuming projects. At the same time she has had the support she needs to succeed and keep her grades above average. Teachers, other students, and academics are excellent. Sue Morrow is just what she needed!
Since all the reviews here are a few years old, I thought I would give an updated review. I have a first grader at Sue Morrow and she is doing fantastic. We have nothing, but positive things to say about Sue Morrow. They have a huge emphasis on reading, especially in the first grade. The principal is new this year and he has young kids of his own. They do a lot of family activities: School Carnival, School Productions, and Family Nights. I'm very happy and thankful to be zoned for Sue Morrow.
The principal should be in an older child setting, this man does not care about our children, he only cares about making the school look brand new with money that should be spent on our children and test scores
we ahave 2 grandchildreni in this school and one in 5th going to jr. high..i have always loved this school and valunteered a lot over the years, but the staff in the office are are very un helpful and rude, i miss the the staff from years ago. i hate going into the office i feel like i am taking up someones time and it makes me feel awful.
The administrative staff is mostly concerned about their image as a whole, not how to solve problems. The school counselor is unattainable. The higher level administration do not listen. The teachers seem put out and miffed at the higher level administrators. There are only a few school functions to involve parents and students in comparison to other Clark County schools. The constant barrage of outside events and fund raisers do not invlove the children and are always last minute.
I have been very pleased with the teachers my daughter has had at this school this year and last year. I think they have been exceptional and caring. They communicate well with me and are always helpful when I have questions.
Principal Rodriguez does not help at a child's advancement and development.
I love this school! Administration, teachers, and support staff are dedicated to the children and their education. There is a positive atmosphere and parents are always welcomed.
Morrow Elementary has great teachers, but at the beginning of 2005 they had to replace 12 teachers. When the school year started, my child's class started with a substitute for the first three weeks, because they did not have enough teachers to fill all the vacancies. As the year goes on, I am not very pleased with the education my child is receiving. I feel that money is being wasted on things that are not needed. More murals and plans for a greenhouse are not my idea of obtaining the best education for my child. Office staff are also not very friendly to parents when you speak with them on the phone or face-to-face.
I did not care for the school. the teachers are understaffed and have little or no help from the county.
My children previously attended morrow and I thought they where doing fine until we moved out of neveda. There 1st year out here was very hard. They went from being straight a students to being B - C students even 3 F's in one marking period I know part of that was the adjustment period but not all. With all the changes that continually go on it makes it hard to teach children year to year. I know the schools try very hard to keep up with the growth but they need to do more not just morrow but all of clark county. I have nothing against the staff at morrow they were awesome considering the constant change.
I'm not impressed with the 'keep up with the Joneses' attitude of the principal. Murals are being painted in the halls that I understand cost more than $3000 each. These murals are pretty but it takes away room on the walls for our kids to present their creations. Kids like to share their work with the rest of the school, if we cover the walls with murals are they going to be allowed to cover them with their work? We have also had to replace 15 or so teachers this year, why? Parents are encouraged to participate in the school with words but with actions are pushed out the door. The teachers want the help but the administration makes it almost impossible to participate. One person, whose kids have completed the 5th grade, wanted to continue to help at the school but was told she was not welcome by the administration.
I pulled my childern two years ago. I found that the present principle was more focused on the scores he could get and not on the way teachers dealt with the children. I had one of my two children bullied by his 1st and then 3rd grade teachers. With no help from the principle. The parents wanted to be involved but were not accepted if they put their two cents in about what the saw or would like to change. Also the school is very overcrowed with no end in sight with the continual growth around the school. No other schools are being built at the present time.
My concern is why are all our good teachers leaving? My daughter has had two outstanding teachers but like many others have taken jobs elsewhere. I am concerned about the education our children will be recieving if teachers are unhappy. They have a difficult job as it is. It is a shame that our school has taken this turn. Four years ago, I was so happy with the level of dedication from teachers. Our children deserve the highest quality education and we need to find out what the problem is and fix it before we lose even more teachers.
I am not sure if test scores alone can accurately represent a child's academic experience, but as the parent of a second grader, I have been happy with the education my child has recieved at Sue Morrow. The school does a great job of letting parents know what is going on and my contacts with various administrators has always been welcoming. My daughter has loved her past two teachers and has progressed well, both socially and academically. She loves going to school and has made some really great friends. I'm not sure what else a parent can ask for, maybe just a bigger parking lot.
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