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Cheektowaga Middle School2
Posted April 26, 2014
- a parent
I feel like this school is just not a good environment. The teachers are amazing! They sometimes just don't know how to handle things in my opinion. Most of students that are in my child's classroom just do not show proper school etiquette and is just not a good behavior to be around. Also sometimes when half of the class is not participating the correct way the very well behaved children get punished along with them. That also is punishing their education.
Yes the rules here are strict. Yes the administrators and teachers are tough. Yes I will continue to substitute teach in this school because the structure and PBIS program here is amongst the top I've seen in all the middle schools I've worked in. This is one of the few schools that teaches responsibility and self-discipline to students on top of the academics and monthly character traits. They have to be tough here because so many of the kids come from undisciplined homes and have little or no respect for authority. Sure it might seem annoying to have to go back to the classroom and start over if you ran to your locker, but that's what'll help kids remember to do it right the first time. In addition, the rewards kids get for doing the right thing are a great incentive for them to do so. My only suggestions are to tone down some of the chaos; 2 minutes passing between classes isn't enough, and neither is a 38-minute class period. Also getting rid of the hyper people on the announcements )particularly at dismissal) will further enhance this school as a calm learning environment.
I am from the class of 2013. I graduated from CCMS 4 years ago. Usually when you look back on your childhood memories, you think of how the adults must have felt and can appreciate their actions - not in this case. I can think of nothing but irrational behavior and rules from the administration. The administration tries too hard to enforce uniformity and submission. The Japanese phrase "the nail that sticks out gets hammered down" definitely applies to the policy of CCMS. I remember being 12 years old, scared and timid, sitting in Mr. Bridges' office and being yelled at for things completely and totally beyond my control. The guidance department was 50/50. Some of the counselors genuinely wanted to help you, but I can recall two in specific that were only cruel and vindictive. The teachers I had were great and I feel bad that they have to put up with such terrible administration. Parents, if you have the resources, please send your children to another middle school. This is not a nice, fostering learning facility. Nothing good comes out of Cheektowaga Central Middle School, take it from a former student who has since grown and flourished.
Wish i never sent my children to this school nothing but problems from the first day i switched them to this district 1) lied about having a classroom for him, was out of school for 2 months till they made a classroom 2) didnt know how to deal with a child like him so my child and his social and learning development declined 3)my other son was being bullied on the bus so for the remainder of school year i had to transport my son myself basically was told to do it myself 4) was told that i didnt have a say or a final decision to send my child to a proper school that was meant for his needs i never had to fight so hard in my life to get a child where he belongs!! 5) my children obviously needed extra help at school there is only so much i can do from home so while my childrens grades are clearly horrible they still get to go on to the next grade can anyone say "oozing through the cracks" 6) on days when my son was having a rough day i was asked to keep him home if he was in a bad mood the next asweel keep him home well by the end of the year i had to come up with explained absences for those days and lets just say my kids are old enough to know how to play a bad day
cheektowaga middle is a great school i'v only been here for 3 months and its amazing the rules are strict but fair and you dont get yelled at you just lose things like going to dances and activety nights