Timothy Chadwick, August 2, 2013
Weatherstone Elementary is an amazing place to learn and work! Our staff is committed to individual student growth of all students. The STEM program is dedicated to exposing our students to careers and technologies starting in Kindergarten. As a member of the WCPSS STEM Collaborative network we have 30 iPads per grade level and a full-time STEM coordinator. In collaboration with our WES PTA and the WCPSS we have undertaken a massive campus revitalization including a new K-2 playspace, the purchase of SMARTBoards for K-5 classrooms, an upgraded wireless network, new carpet and tile in classrooms, remodels of all mobile units, and a new STEM Lab.
My kindergartener is just beaming every day. While he's still getting to know the drill, he loves his new friends, his new teacher and his classroom. Moreso, the PTA has accepted and integrated my naive points-of-view as those of an equal voice and partner. I notice and appreciate that everyone - from the administration, staff, parents, PTA - they're all putting their energies toward creating the very best school experience and education for the children. Go Explorers!
My kids love to go to school! - They have teachers that care about their well-being and make each day a new learning experience, they feel safe, challenged (with STEM programs), educated outside of the classroom (cultural arts programs, and other PTA-sponsored events), and this year - they will also love recess even more - due to a new K-2 playground, funded by the school, grants and the PTA. As a parent, I am thankful for an open line of communication with the faculty and administration alike. I feel well-informed thanks to the PTA e-newsletter - and appreciate all the effort put in by the P(arents), T(eachers), and A(dminstration) to make Weatherstone not just a school - but a community. Here's to another year of accomplishments...
This is our 4th year at Weatherstone. I have a rising 3rd grader and a rising 1st grader. We love the kindergarten staff! They calmed our new parent fears. loved our children and prepared them to be great students by working on both social and academic skills. The first grade teacher pushed my daydreaming child to stay focused by teaching time management skills that we now use at home. The new principal and vice principal are willing to try new things (which is great since we are a STEM school), are patient enough to stop and listen to my questions/concerns (even though I know they have more important things to do) and have been really supportive of the staff (I walk that thin line between being a parent and a TA at the school). The first year of being a STEM school was a huge learning curve for the staff and families, but I'm excited to see what the new year brings for Weatherstone.
Weatherstone Elementary is not just a school, it is a community. The wonderful relationships between the teachers, parents and children make it wonderful place to learn and grow. The STEM activities the PTA has organized gives our children access to amazing science and technology leaders in the community. Weatherstone Elementary is a very special place.
This is our eighth year at Weatherstone - I have two who have graduated and two still at the school. The school just continues to get better - this year we've had many facilities upgrades - new k-2 playground, new carpets, new paint - plus we continue to gain traction with our STEM programs. I think every classroom now has a smartboard and the kids and teachers continue to amaze me with what they're doing with the ipads and laptops. Our art and choral programs are spectacular, and my kids make sure if we have an appointment to take them to that it isn't during PE or our STEM elective time. Our teachers really care about the students and are continually improving themselves with professional development. I love our school!
I have children at WES. The STEM program is fantastic -- it is run by PTA volunteers working with teachers and full support of the new principal. The school has a STEM teacher who is the Teacher of the Year - but the quality of the school's STEM program is only possible when parents and teachers work together. WES is a great school - embarking on the best possible partnership.
We have been attending this school for 4 years. Im not happy with the new principal. He doesn't respond to email well, even when handling an issue with a teacher. They don't respect disabilites and had to force a 504 plan on them for a health issue. We are looking at switching schools next year its been so bad. Also, the AIG program doesn't do anything enriching here. Thank goodness for their STEM teacher. She's fantastic. I agree with another comment to say that the principal is more into the teachers and not the students.
I am a parent of a 2nd grader. From my experience my kid's teacher has always been very responsive and has good knowledge on my kid's and other kids' development progresses. Their STEM Friday (science, technology etc) program have been so wonderful. My kid went home talking in details about the weather science she has learned. Their writing projects are so useful. I just wish we have more homeworks being sent home during weekends so working parents can have more time to help our kids.
I am both a teacher and a parent of a child at this school. It is one of the safest and compassionate schools in our county.We have a diverse population with students coming from many different backgrounds and family situations. All chidren are loved and supported. We have a great team of staff members who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that our kids are getting the best care and education. Somtimes parents and teachers may disagree on what they feel is right for a child, but we, as a staff, are only trying to do what we feel in our hearts is in the best interest of the student. It makes my heart sad to read a review as one that was posted on Dec. 15. Such comments are so untrue and hurtful. Hopefully, the person posting will find a school that is more suitable for them... but they will not find one that is more caring about their students.
The Principal doesn't have a very good reputation. He seems very passive and mostly interested in the teachers needs. He is not an advocate for the children's education. It is common for the teachers at this school have a reputation for not liking specific groups of students. Many parents have depressed and hurt children, that I have spoken to. Not a good school or a safe environment.
We have a fourth grader and a first grader at Weatherstone. The new principal (promoted from Vice Principal over the summer) is very approachable and open to suggestions. Teachers are hard working and caring with the children. I have only had positive experiences with this school and look forward to another four years with this great group of parents and teachers.
I am a teacher at WES and have been there for 8 years. I love the support I receive from the amazing PTA and all of the teachers. The student body is diverse and exciting to be involved with. I'm excited about 2012-2013 school year with our old AP being our principal, lots of new well qualified teachers, and of course to see all my old students. WES is my home and my children's home. WES rocks!
We have been attending this school since 2010. I have found their main teachers to be caring, helpful and good educators. Though I have had some concerns with elective teachers overall I have been very happy. I have spoken with the principle at various times & found her to be attentive & understanding of any concerns. The support staff is great especially if you take the time to get to know them. Every school will have its good points and challenges but overall I think this school does well.
Good evening, My wife and I are both working parents and have 3 children that attend Weatherstone. Financially speaking my wife and I can afford to send our kids to private school but chose Weatherstone because the quality of teachers along with the attention paid to my children wouldn't have been different elsewhere. Parents, along with teachers, must stay involved in their kids education and augment/compliment the great work these teachers are doing. Our kids are thriving and I'm grateful to the good teachers and staff at WES.
We feel so lucky to have a child at Weatherstone. Jackie at the front office greets me with a friendly face when I come to visit. The cafeteria manager knows my daughter's name and even reminded me she needed more money in her account. When I walk down the hallway I hear teachers using positive reinforcement with their students. The classrooms are full of action and I love seeing it all. The teachers always seem to be moving throughout the classrooms and have a great relationships with their students. The principal has hired some amazing teachers. Both of the my daughter's teachers have had their masters in education. I know I am lucky to have Weatherstone as my daughter's school.
I just wrote a review and somehow the 5 star rating i entered showed up as a four star rating, so i'm trying again :). We love Weatherstone!
The enrollment has continued to decline. Much less students mean losing teachers and staff. Principal is not helpful and often unseen. Teachers do there best, but I feel the school as a whole is declining. I've been here 6 years.
The school is good for this state. We moved to Cary from another state. It was an adjustment. My youngest's first reading assessment included a book on making snowmen. When asked if it applied to her, she truthfully said no. The teacher was puzzled and wrote this up as a demerit. We explained in a parent-teacher meeting that my daughter had never seen snow before. My daughter (of mixed race) was accepted into the academically gifted program. The first year she was in it the teacher tried really hard to discourage her from continuing. We had a parent-teacher conference where the teacher had the entire "discontinuation" form filled out so we could just sign it. Luckily, the principal overrode this and she has been in the program for two years. There are some teachers who are passionate about teaching, but not as many as I would like as a parent. Kudos to the teachers who teach specials.
I totally disagree with all the bad reviewers. I am positive they had some personal motive when they posted the reviews My kids have been going to this school for the last 6 years and I am very happy with how they have been doing. I would request that people refrain from posting such strong subjective and opinionated reviews that would give some wrong impression
my kid attended this school, not happy with this school, do not know much about principal, did not get chance to meet her/him. Staff are bit unfriendly and my kid used to say, teachers treat students differently (not all teachers), overall, it is not some thing to think in Cary.
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