My child has attended Grand Valley Elementary for the past 4 years. I will say that as for the teachers in which my daughter has had, and so far, have been excellent. Honestly, we have had absolutely no problems in that area but as for the principal, Dr. Ellen Winer, well, that is another story. When confronted with ANY type of ISSUE, for example bullying, (in which, I am aware, occurs in every school) she consistently denies that any problems even exist. She also tells parents that she will either look into or has already addressed the situation, problem, and/or complaint (for example, talking with your child and any others involved) only to find out that it was never addressed, handled, or given any type of attention. She has told me several times that she had spoken with my child only to find out that she never did! She denies that there are any type of issues at the school, period, and is quick to point the finger and blame either the parents or the children when the issue is, and lies with her because of the fact that she won't admit to or deal with any issues or problems brought to her attention. The school is also always asking for money, donations, etc., and having fundraiser after fundraiser yet won't disclose where a lot of the money is going to or what it's being used for. The pta is the same. All in all we are highly disappointed with this school and will be selling our home and moving from the area soon.
Everyone from the principal to the teachers all seem to care very much for the kids. They treat them like family. They know their names. It's a very caring school. The technology is right up there with the best as well
The teachers and the staff of this school system do the best they can with what they've got. Unfortunately some parents want the teachers to raise their children for them. This has given the teachers the unfortunate idea that most of the parents aren't doing things like checking homework and that parents don't care about grades. The elementary principal, Dr. Whiner, is amazing and mostly easy to work with. My son didn't like school and I was having a difficult time convincing him to go and Dr. Whiner took him by the hand and they got it all worked out. Some of the teachers are difficult to work with if your child is struggling but there are more teachers who want to help and are even eager to do so if the parent shows the desire to have their child excel. It is hard to get levies to pass in Grand Valley and the children can suffer for it but as I said in the beginning, the school does the best it can with what it's got.
The Middle School is Beter than the Elementary. If you can go to Jefferson. I have one child in 3rd grade and one child in the 5th grade. I am not pleased with either Next school year 2013-2014 the will be taken out. THE ABSOLUTE WORST IS THE FAT LAZY BUS DRIVERS!!! To much and not enough room to tell about drivers. One of my childern had there phone stolen from her, I had to pick it up from the prinipal, I was told that the other childs parents were advised of the situation, I did not belive the principal due to the very next day my child's phone was returned after I was yelled at, anyways I looked thru the cell phone and saw phone numbers in the phone from the prior day when it was stolen, I took it upon myself to call the unknown numbers, one was the childs Mother's and the other was her Aunts home.I explained why and how I had there phone numbers. They had NO idea that there child was stealing? Two days later my child's friend's phone was taken, This time she was caught by the teacher, She was sneeking in at recess and taking what she wanted out of the other little girls backpacks. If I could rate this school Half a star I would.
VERRY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS SCHOOL . DO NOT FEEL THEY NCOURAGE PARENT ENVOLVMENT BUT DISENCOURAGE IT . TRYED TO WORK WITH THEM SEVERAL TIMES BUT THEY DIDNOT FOLLOW THROUGH AND FIX THINGS THEY SAID THEY WOULD . AND I BELIVE THEIR PROFSESSIONILISM NEEDS MUCH IMPROVMENT
We had had one child go through this school (who is now in the middle school) and one that is in 4th grade and one that will go to Kindergarten next year. We love the staff, they are excellent and care about our children and their sucess. The Principal is wonderful. When we moved to Orwell, schools were a top priority and we have not been disappointed yet!
I have 2 kids in this school district and they LOVE their teachers. They hug the principal every chance they get because they adore her! I have always felt welcomed when i enter the building. I am so glad that they attend Grand Valley.