This is a great school for kids. I have 2 girls in this school and they learn independence, responsibility and how to study. The electronic systems for tracking studens are great, the teachers are very responsive and are attentive to the students. There are multiple opportunities for involvement in clubs, sports and extra-curricular groups. The administration is very good and all teachers are fantastic. I would like to see more homework but overall the school is the best I've seen.
I love this school and it is amazing. Mr. Baroody you have made my life sooo much better. Your always there for me even if I can't see you every day. Mrs.Colburn is my most favorite Social studies teacher. And Mrs. Tavares was my most favorite computer teacher. Mrs.Schubert was my most favorite L.A teacher. Mrs. Burke is my most favorite Science teacher. And mrs. Ciarla is my most favorite Math teacher. And also Mr.Leister is my most favorite chorus teacher. Mr.Leister and Mrs.Ciarla have been great drama club teachers. Thank You Soooo much. It will be because of them that me matt,and mariah get into Juliard. And last but not leasst Mrs. Lalos is my most favorite band teacher. The teachers here at west really help us get out into the real world. All students here are going to become successful because of these teachers:]
I love WRB. It has the best teachers, students, and attitude you could ever imagine. Mrs. Haverly is amazing and is by far the best teacher there. Mrs. Rickenbach is amazing and is so amazing. You two woman are amazing, never change <3 You two were my favorite ever and you guys will be students favorites as long as you teach. My 8th grade year is going wonderful because of you Mrs. Haverly <3 My 7th grade year was amazing because of you Mrs. Rickenbach! Thank you two for everything <33333333333333333
This school was great and I miss it a lot. But I have come to realize there were only a few teachers/counselors I could actually talk to. They also don't consider both sides of the story, they assume it was the other person who didn't come forward with the problem they are encountering. You should take my advice into consideration.
I echo the complaints about special ed. students. They took over 6 months to sign our IEP. The teachers were so bad to my child, an honor roll student no less and in PACE math, that we had to take the district to court to get a fair and appropriate education as guaranteed by law. WRB did all it could to prohibit my child's rights. If you are working with WRB and have a special needs child, have a lawyer ready!
This is my third and final year here at west and I am very happy with all of my past and present teachers, they have always been there to help. The Teachers always try to make school a fun place to be and still teach them about the lesson planned. They go above and beyond to make you feel important and not just another student. The sports are a great way for us students to show school spirit and they are fun to watch and play. Tryouts are fun not stressful everyone goes and has fun and gives each other support. Drama Club is fun to be in, the musicals are always upbeat and interactive. The students work very hard on the performance for half of the year and perform for a live audience in February every year! I truly this is an awesome school!
I am a former student of west running brook middle school, and all I wanted to say is that it is an amazing school with some amazing teachers, now that I am moving on to Pinkerton academy I have realized that I truly do miss west running brook. Though eighth grade was not the best year in west running brook the teachers and counselors were constantly there to fall back on, personally I feel that mrs.haverly is one of those few amazing teachers.
My daughter has attended this school for two years and is entering eigth grade. She loves this school. I love this school. She attended Andover School of Montessori for six years before entering the Derry schools and was concerned about the education she might receive in public schools. WRB has wonderful caring teachers and coaches. Her advisory teachers and coaches have made her experience such that she does not want to leave this school. She is very involved in her school with excellent opportunities in sports and other activities. Academics are very important and Pace classes are available for the gifted. My other children have attended Mass. and Ohio middle schools and although college grads(one is working on a doctorate at BU) did not enjoy their middle school experiences as much or bring away the knowledge and study habits my daughter has acquired. Thank-you staff and coaches for your dedication.
I am a former 8th grade student that attended my school. I was reading comments about West Running Brook on this site. I must say that back before the 2000's, West Running Brook wasn't that great, as both my brothers attented there and had a pretty rough time. As for me, well I was a straight 'A' student from the time I got there, till the time I left. It was a pretty exciting time. Do I believe that I am ready for Pinkerton? The answer: Yes. I had a great set of teachers, good parent input, and not too many distractions. I was also in 11 clubs, and other various things. If someone asked me if they should go to WRBMS, I would say 'Yes'. The school has really helped me, especially Dr. Krikorian. I think WRBMS has flaws, like any other place, but it's still good.
I am a student at WRB and I am going into 8th grade next year. I think that my school has the highest quality teachers and is a fantastic place to learn and discover yourself as not only a learner but a person in general. All of the teachers that I have had throughout sixth and seventh grade have provided one-on-one help with me as well as any other student. Just sitting in a classroom with a teacher while they hold a class will show you what an amazing school WRB is and will continue to be. I have had experiences at this school that can never be replaced or forgotten and that is made possible by the wonderful team of teachers that WRB has.
my second daughter is currently in the 7th grade at WRB. my 1st daughter is 5 years older & also attended WRB. the course offerings & overall school experience is much better than the schools i attended (in mass) in my youth. the girls are very different with different interests, yet there was plenty to stimulate learning for both girls. the music & academic offerings have been good for both girls. the school appears to make the most of the available resources.
We are very pleased with the school, the teachers, staff, and course work. Our son has grown in the school and has been able to establish a relationship with his teachers that has brought his grades up from B's to A's. The teachers really care about the children's progress. (my opinion- if you don't show up for parent night or request conferences to discuss your child's progress then shame on you.) He is active in the music and theater programs, attends school dances and activities. There certainly is a lot more to middle school then when I attended in the 70's.
i find the new cheerleading uniforms are very offensive and not up to dresscode as my 8th grade daughter just recieved hers today they are shorter skirts more revailing tops why should parents have to purchase body suits to cover up exposed skin that should have not happen in the first place i thought last last years uniforms were to the extreme but much more approprate without body suits now it will be more of a strain for parents to buy the extras i thought the program was to have the school spirit not to expose there bodies cheerleading is a motivation tool to keep her grades up. what can we do this is not eceptabll.
My daughter is in 6th grade and has a c/d average. When I went to the school to get my daughters records, I was treated with complete disrespect. It took me over a week to get a copy of her file. When I did get her file it was incomplete. When I asked for the missing records the administration was very defensive. I put the matter on my attorney's lap and all of a sudden I was able to pick up the missing documents in 10 minutes. I found the administration playing favoritism to the substitute teacher, who they claim to not even know. But yet she has taught at that school for over 4 years.
For the most part, I am disappointed with this school. There is very little discipline and what discipline occurs focuses on the wrong issues. There is very high teacher turnover. Some teachers are hired without qualifications to teach the subject they are hired for... a waste of a year. The admininstration is oblivious to parent input. They do not address issues and ignore parents. Teams and team leaders are tired. There is no feeling of enthusiasm. Homework is next to nothing. There is very little challenge in the curriculum which translates to poor preparation for a great high school like Pinkerton. Communication between teams is non-existent. Teachers outside of the team including PACE math teachers are not aware of team activities including field trips and other things that take kids out of their classrooms. This is a poor display of behavior for the kids. Go elsewhere.
I am a parent of a child with an IEP. It is a disgrace how our children that are not perfect learners are treated is criminal and the way in which parents are treated is just mind boggling. I am ready to sue after struggling, asking, begging pleading for 6 months for my child. I just moved to the district last June and have never encountered such incompetence in my life!
I posted the first comment June 2003 I was hoping for change but from what I see and what I read from other posters thereis not too much change and I do know why! Could it be conflict among admin,teachers,schoolboard? I just know that this school district does not follow through with Sped and moreover FERPA for many years through parents requests,etc. It would seem to me that local control of each district can be problematic in that each SAU in NH each school is different and has its own operating procedures. This school district is in need of professional development to include special education students. Grouping of children is not acceptable in terms of programs Reg/Vs sped. I can not return my child to a district who chooses to ignore parents better we have better things to do, better places to be than being frustrated. Its all about choices. I still would like to see postive change within this SAU 10 NH 7 years is along time to wait if not for my child but others too. Social Justice?
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