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Bridgeport Elementary School5
Posted December 29, 2013
- a parent
Bridgeport Elementary is amazing! The teachers and staff push our students to achieve great things! My child has been challenged to do a higher level of math and reading and is thriving! My child has had excellent experiences academically and socially. The community is warm and welcoming. Parents, kids, teachers and staff make Bridgeport a truly special place. We are proud to be bulldogs! The grass is always greener on the other side. Every school has problems. Instead of teaching our kids that you should quit and leave, consider contributing and helping to make Bridgeport the best school that it can be.
We are incredibly fortunate to have landed at Bridgeport Elementary. We have 3 children currently attending and each of them is excelling academically as well as socially. They are encouraged, challenged and truly cared for by their teachers. I am active in PTA and volunteer regularly - I see firsthand how hard the teachers and staff work to ensure that EVERY child gets what they need. Our principal was instrumental in making our school a dual language school and actively and consistently pushes our school forward in all areas - technology, after school clubs, reading programs, etc. We are proud to be a part of the Bridgeport community.
This is our first year at Bridgeport. We were weary about public school as we transferred from private school. We have been very pleased at the responses from any inquiry we have with both of our children's teachers. Our kids are excited to go to school and are making fast friends. I am thankful for the volunteer parents who serve my kids tirelessly and ensure despite budget cuts Bridgeport kids continue to have access to art and library services.
To the "New Yorker" who wrote the review below: We totally understand you are benchmarking Bridgeport to whatever school or district you came from in NY. However, your title is totally misleading by stating B-port has "gone downhill". In your post all you do is contrast it to an unnamed school in NY. How has B-port "gone down hill"? Is there a certain point in the past when you perceive it was better? I agree B-port is not perfect. The lack of full time staff in the media center is not ideal. I don't like TTSD making the cuts they have district wide. But I DISAGREE with your take on the faculty. My children have had great experiences at each grade level. The teachers specifically addressed individual challenges each of our children had. They became better students because of that effort. The staff at B-port are experienced and truly care about ensuring every student gets the help they need to move up the academic ladder. From Jerry Nihill's tenure to now Debbie Ebert, the leadership has and continues to be sound. I do want to see improvement. B-port is not a private school nor LO. But I do not see how anyone can rate B-port in the manner that the "New Yorker" did below....
I have been an active parent and volunteer at Bridgepot Elementary School for the past 6 years. I sit on PTA, Site Council, and other various committees. Both my children have and continue to be blessed by all of the caring and compassionate teachers and staff. They are not only great teachers but beautiful people. Bridgeport continues to be a very positive place for my children to be educated, not only with common core standards but also in character as life long learners. My children are nutured and taught at Bridgeport in a very structured and positive environment. We are blessed daily by being a part of this school.
Bridgeport Elementary Things I love about Bridgeport, diversity, parent involvement, volunteer run library, office staff, counselor, Principal, custodial staff, lunch staff, playground staff and mostly the Teachers. They do the best with the funding and resources they are given. Anything they lack, all they need to do is ask. The PTA is always willing to help or provide. Very excited about the Spanish immersion program!! I love the feeling of "Village" I get from Bridgeport. You need help or assistance just ask. A parent is always willing to help out a fellow parent. We are all trying our best, right?
I have a 2nd and 4th grader attending Bridgeport Elementary. Both are doing very well academically and socially. The teachers, office staff, counselor and principal are a dedicated group of professionals. I am fortunate be able to volunteer on regular basis and interact with the students and staff. I appreciate that the school welcomes the help. That is not always the case. Bridgeport has a great sense of community. Not only have my children made wonderful friends, but I have too. Bridgeport is not a perfect school, but it is a good school with great people.
Bridgeport has gone down hill fast. We moved from upstate New Tork to Tualatin based on the reputation of the schools and alll I can say is that if this is an example of a quality school in Oregon, people need to set their expectations higher. The fact that library and art have to be run by volunteers rather than paid teachers should be enough to ward anyone off. Not to mention the children get a 15min lunch so the school can fit in an extra recess rather than allowing kids time to eat or spending more time in the classroom. More than half of the school is categorized as underprivileged and the school receives money from the state but apparently there must be a mismanagement of funds because the student to teacher ratio is so high that individual students rarely receive the attention they rightfully deserve. There are long term, tenured teachers here who seem more interested in collecting a paycheck, that teach to the lowest level of the class while not providing a challenging environment to the better students. It's sad when your child comes home with homework 2 years behind where they came from and then makes up additional work that is more challenging to do.
I continue to be amazed by Bridgeport. To look at us on paper you would think we were a below average school. We are a title 1 school and ESL school with more than 50% on free or reduced lunch. It doesn t matter, because somehow Bridgeport makes it all work and year after year we excel academically. We rank high in all of the state testing and our students come out prepared for whatever middle school and high school will throw at them. Not sure what was going on in 2007, but the teachers, principal and parents are all involved to make this a great school. We love this school and wouldn t go anywhere else.
I love how every morning and afternnoon the principal and school couselor are outside greeting and saying goodbye to busses, students and parents. Bridgeport has over 550 students this year, yet the principal makes sure that he greets students and parents by name and in their native languages (we have a large percentage of Spanish speaking families at Bridgeport.) This is such a small thing to do, yet it makes such a difference in the atmoshphere of the school. Walking into Bridgeport, I feel like I am welcome there and appreciated as an important part of the school community. I am also a Special Education teacher, who has worked in many schools in nearby areas, and have never felt as welcomed as an employee, as I have felt as a parent at Bridgeport.