My two children have had great experiences at Woodland! They both had a first grade teacher that awarded marbles and "pennies" for good behavior and I found it a positive way to encourage students as well as educate them on money. They made great strides in reading during 1st grade and had fun doing so. Well done to all the teachers at Woodland!
The first grade teacher that my child had was absolutely terrible. She constantly had her cell phone in hand during class, showed the children movies and YouTube videos excessively, and seemed reliant on stickers, pennies, "marble parties" and extra recesses to keep her kids in line. Administration sided with the teacher, naturally. Very weak leadership and abominable teaching!
Not a fan of the main office turnover this year so far. Last week the secretary moved to another school, this week we get a letter from the principal that she'll be gone after tomorrow. New "interim" principal starting Monday. Current principal only started at Woodland this year after long time Principal Milford retired.
Both of my children attended Woodland, and they have a 10-year age span. Woodland has consistently been a high-quality learning environment for the first years of school. This allows children to start off with a good educational experience and a positive view of learning, which sets the foundation for lifetime learning and thinking skills. The staff and parental involvement are the reasons for excellence. The principal knows each child's name, as well as each one's progress. The teachers are highly-skilled and have creative curriculums to keep the students' interest and encourage them to be actively involved in their work. Parents volunteer extensively, and they participate in large numbers in the after-school programs and exhibits, such as the art show, the carnival, the book fair, and the parent-teacher conferences. The OASIS program allows advanced students to excel at their own pace. The school is kept meticulously clean thanks to the custodian.