I have been at BES for 4 years now and have 2 students, next year 3. I don't find these vague reviews accurate at all. My kids don't have hours and hours of homework so teachers can go to luncheons. That's absurd. The schedule has changed once in the school year and it affected the kids only positively. Neither child of mine was distraught or at a loss for shifting some specials. The principal is truly genuine and doing a great job with the things that are asked of her by CMS. BES seems to be chosen for pilot programs and the school accommodates these things. And lastly regarding teachers leaving, the average age teacher is of Generation X where they switch jobs often and do not establish long tenure anymore. Get used to it. They aren't the teachers you had growing up that worked at one school for 30 years and taught your whole neighborhood 2 generations deep. The current PTA BTW, is kicking butt! I've been very pleased.
My child is a second grader also. My child was told he was a cheater by his teacher because he brought home a paper that was supposed to be finished at school. Since the kids do a huge amount of worksheets at home already, the confusion was understandable. And if he wasn't the type to talk openly with us, we would have never known. We called the teacher and she immediately apologized to us and to him the very next day and administration was not even used. The truth is the leadership here does not want to be bothered with things like this in their school. When I was in school our principal used to surprise teachers and sit in on their class. It made them accountable for what they did and what they said. I think this would help here. I would advise any parent with issues not resolved here to go straight to the North Learning Community.
We love Barnette. Our son is in the second grade, and has attended since kindergarten. The staff is helpful and they do a fantastic job making sure that all of the kids are made to feel important. I've read the negative reviews that are posted, and most of them are people who are impossible to please, and will not admit that their child is not perfect. There is no perfect school, but Barnette is as close as we have seen.
This schools leadership is terrible. There is no consistency. The schedules change and are all over the place constantly. The teachers can't keep up, the students can't keep up, it is chaos.
Barnette is by far one of the best in the area, if not the best. Parental involvement is higher than previous years and the support for students comes from the entire staff. I have noticed a difference over the past year with culture at the school, from different events that take place as well as the excitement shown from my children that want to participate. Lots of technology based learning. Every school has issues. Barnette staff, parents and admin are trying hard to crack down on issues and invite the community to support the school.
This school is by far one of the worst schools ever. They overload the kids with homework so they can have staff luncheons. It is not okay to not teach for 2 hours to attend a school party then send my kids home with extra homework on top of their crazy amount of homework. One kid has an hour and half of homework every night on top of a school project every 2 weeks. The other has an hour of homework a night it is just too much they are kids. It is also not okay to complain to the kids about your divorce. Every week the kids come home asking for money for fundraisers. They take the kids out of class all the time for pep rally's, book fairs, Christmas shops and send the kids home begging for money. They are at school to learn. I'm tired of all the fundraising. I would like my kids to actually learn at school. Not tell me what the school is selling every week. The front staff is extremely rude and the principal never gets back to you no matter how many times you leave notes or emails. Stay far away from this school it is a pretty school, but the staff is horrendous.
We recently moved here from another state and before moving I spoke with several people at the school to make sure they would be able to accommodate my son who has Dyslexia and ADHD. With that said we are now several months into the school year with the test results from the previous state with the dyslexia diagnosis and our 504 plan and so far they are honoring the 504 plan but insist he needs to be retested for the dyslexia. I do feel the principal is trying to speed the process up and trying to help, but he is falling farther behind each day he doesn't receive the help he needs. I have now had two different meetings to discuss his 504 and his testing. I have the paperwork he should have been retested and receiving help for the dyslexia by now. TO MUCH PAPERWORK AND TOO MUCH TALKING! NOT ENOUGH ACTION!!!!!
I'm at BES, in the classroom often. IMHO: PRINCIPAL - Superb! I heard all the rumors, read all the reviews, did my "homework" before sending my child to BES. But first hand I found that Principal Newman is extremely personable and available to parents. We met at the Fall Festival where I observed her interacting with both students and parents. She had fun with her staff. Later in the year, when I had questions about my child's placement, she spoke at length to me on her drive home, well after office hours had ended, for almost 30 minutes. She listened and provided constructive ideas for how we could partner together to further challenge my child to achieve his academic best. TEACHERS-Great! My child's K teacher (a Newman hire) is young, but energetic, enthusiastic and provides weekly communications about classroom activities and at-home activities to support my child's learning (something even my charter school friends don't get!). ACADEMICS-Excellent! Differentiated activities allow my child to pursue his academic best in the midst of a diverse (both ethnicity and academic level) group of students. 5star online resources PTA-Organized, Supportive & Community Building
Happy to see Spring Break. The school atmosphere over the past month has been really busy. My child was so excited about March Madness. She even got a letter home from the principal. I was happy to see a note from the principal saying how proud she is of my daughter. You may not find the principal in the office but the kids see her in the classroom. That is where she is supposed to be. Nothing but happy with Barnette, the teachers, and the administrators.
We chose to remove our child from a school that is run as a dictatorship. The best and brightest teachers have been run off for not towing the line and we were forced to endure a teacher two years in a row that openly admitted she did not care for our wonderful child who has a very good sense of humor and is very intelligent basically because he was afraid of her. This of course is one of the teachers who haven't quit because she says how high every time the principal says jump. Tax breaks need to be given to parents who don't want to subject their children to a detrimental school environment when the school board refuses to admit to a mistake and stands behind a tyrannical principal the squashes anything that is not her idea. Unfortunate and expensive but CMS is creating a horrible learning environment for our children.
This school has a moral problem. My daughter in Kindergarten last year at this school. We have since put her into a charter school. Barnette was not a good experience. I volunteered once a week at the school. I was able to view the school first hand often. The teachers are drastically overworked. You can see it on there faces and in there classrooms. The principal has a "her way or the highway" mentality which is driving excellent teachers away from the school. The school will not become a better learning environment until administration has a philosophical change or is replaced.
I don't know or care what went on in the past at Barnette Elementary. All I know is what I've seen personally which is an amazing PTA, hard working staff and my kid who loves school! He has an outstanding teacher. I appreciate how the school teaches children responsibility and independence. My husband and I teach our son to respect others, especially his teachers. They are the hardest working people and deserve nothing, but respect and support. Kudos to the principal for hiring the great staff I have seen this year! She knows what it takes to be great and have those great test scores!
My children attended Barnette for the first time last year after moviing to NC. The school they moved from was voted 14 years outstanding by the state testing scores. Barnette is not that school and I'm not trying to compair the two. However, while at Barnette we have not had any real issues this past year. There was a some issues with a bully in my daughters 4th grade class. It was handled and I was made aware of the situation that took place and it was handled properly. I have yet to meet or see the principle of the school which I think is odd. I don't even know what she looks like. Most schools I have visited the principle was well known and very involved. I was a classroom mom and helped when needed. Overall, I think it's a good school. I don't know what happened and why some people/staff are so angry. Maybe it's best they leave if not happy and let the school continue on it's way.
Barnette is good at one thing that is window dressing. If you walk into the school you will be very impressed & think what great school this is. It is very good in covering its problems. The reality is that there is some thing seriously wrong here. Every year it keeps losing great teachers. I am sure this year is not going to be different. The real question is how many are we going to loose this year. Also, I have never seen such a incompetent PTA. They need to realize that more money doesn't mean better school or better education. Consistency and happy environment makes better environment. Also the great results that the other post talked bout is not due to Barnette or its principal. It is due to the fact that parents are fed up with school had have their kids in tutorials & coaching classes (mostly by ex teachers of this school). Please do your homework before making up your mind.
I decided to make a post about the comments that I see here. As a staff member of barnette I am bothered by the negative comments made by our community. Every work environment has concerns barnette is no different. Have you seen our test sores? Have you been to the musical? Are you coming to see our connect blocks? Have you seen the dedication of our staff members? Have you seen the dedication of our admin team? I have learned more in one year under Ms.Newman's leadership. With each new hire our staff gets stronger. Honestly, our school is one of the best. I am so tired of hearing all of the unsubstantiated allegations against my school and yes my principal. She cares for kids and knows their names. Please be cautious of who you are talking to. I intend to have more staff members post on this site so that maybe the community will finally understand that barnette is great and so is the principal.
I have to admit...something is not right at this school. I do not feel it is due to quality of teaching...but more due to the culture of CMS. After three years, I have heard too many incidents of questionable decisions by the school district and leadership. It's a shame that the negative posts below are true, hopefully this post is noticed.
I am an educator in another state who has family who attend your school. I first of all have to applaud the fifth grade team for being, in the words of a 10 year old I know, the best school year of his life. Based on what he shares with me, the 5th grade teachers need to be commeded. On the other hand I am just curious to know what expectations are put forth to the kindergarten students. Do the students have a highly engaged classroom where movement is permitted? Are the teachers certified in early childhood? Are there instructional and developmental centers? I have been hearing of some alarming stories about students expected to sit, extremely still for unreasonably long periods of time. If they do not they are referred for testing and medication. Are meeting the standards clouding judgement? Having conversed with many early childhood specialists I think the administration needs to reassess some of the practices it accepts towards the 5 year old population.
I think this is a great school - the best in town - I think it only has an '8' because it is such a new school. Barnette has opportunities you cant get at Huntersville El and no overcrowding! Teachers really care and the principal works very hard to make this the best school.
My post have been removed, and continue to be removed so I will just state the facts that have happened this year....my children attended this school the day the doors opened and the first year and a half were great. I volunteered my time 3-4 days a week 1 and sometimes 2 hours a day. I took my kids out last year and I am now home schooling them... my children have gotten into a charter school for the upcoming 2011-2012 year. DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR KID TO THIS SCHOOL....I WAS AN INVOLVED PARENT....so all of the post saying the parents posting the bad post were not involved is a lie...I WAS!!!!
We have been at BES for 3 years now going on our fourth. We, the parents and children, love the school. We have have had WONDERFUL teachers who have impacted my children's learning in the most POSITIVE way. The communication could use some improvement and should improve this upcoming school year with going "green". Barnette is no different than any other school or business environment. There is going to be turnover. In some previous reviews turnover was mentioned and those that posted will be surprised to see some familiar teachers coming back. I recommend attending PTA meetings and getting involved where your time permits.
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