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Penn Wood Middle School2
Posted January 13, 2015
- a parent
I find it funny how you cannot select 'student' as an option from which view you are writing this from. It is actually quite hilarious because a student would most likely give you the most accurate information on Penn Wood. I do not sugarcoat things, nor do I make a habit of placating people, so believe me when I say this is a poor school. It is not bad, but poor. It lacks proper funds and bullying is next to physical injustice on the list of top of fences regularly committed in the hallways. However, most of the teachers care, and a good amount love the fact that they get to connect with such impressionable minds. When parents say this is a horrendous educational facility or something along those lines, it is most confusing. The staff could not be better, ( shout out to the wonderfully patient and gifted music department teachers) and we have security officers for the occasional fight. The teaching skills lack pizazz once in while, but it would be a good school if you only considered that aspect. What made me call the institution poor was the behavior of the students. This is a lower-middle class area. Need I say more?
Well, as a parent my belief is that the teachers in this school are doing very well and it behooves the students to use the opportunity afforded them to get the best result. If the state PSSA exam is a measurement, then the school has good potential. Thank God because through this school's curricula, my child had advanced in all state tests. Parents have a role to play too.
My school is really great. Yeah there are better schools than Penn Wood a hundred times better, but there are also schools a hundred times worse. YES, we do learn. It's not a babysitting center although sometimes it feels like it. Occasionally you'll hear profanity in the hallways or a angry student going crazy but that doesn't mean it's a horrible school. We have different classes for people with different levels. Yes somedays, I really don't want to be there. A lot of bad kids are the faves, which gets annoying but it's still a good school. If you can handle it. Not everyone is friendly but most people are. One of my teachers told me the only reason why they work here is because its easy to fail someone here and have the parents not care, than fail someone at some prestigious white school and have the parents care. #PWMS Student
HORRIFYING!!!! There is no possible way a child can learn or be secure in this school. When I say that these students (about 90%) are out of control, I am being too kind. You would literally find better behavior in a prison. What are these parents and administrators doing with their time for God's sake?...surely, they aren't concerning themselves with the students behavior or learning. These are the prisoners and murderers of tomorrow. I only wish I could video tape the things I witnessed there, because you just wouldn't believe that what I saw could even POSSIBLY occur in a school setting. If you have a child there, consider yourself neglectful for subjecting your child to this type of an environment, because its like dropping your kid off in a crackhouse every day! What they need are armed guards and cells, not teachers and classrooms!
I have seen my share of schools, and I can tell you that if given the choice I would NEVER go back to Penn Wood. First, Penn Wood looks and feels more like a prison than an actual school - barred windows, high fences, and not the greatest location. The students are disrespectful and care nothing about getting a meaningful education. The students even bragged about how they made a male substitute teacher cry. The staff came off as disorganized, rude, and appeared to only concern themselves with disciplining students rather than the actual learning process.
This school was a wonderful experience for me. Despite the location, I got a great education and was prepared for high school. The staff did an exellent job in making my middle school experience a great one.
I am an advance student of this school and I've been in this school district since 5 it's an ok school district. Not the best but not the worst. I'm in the middle school and there are good teachers who do care about the student.
I am also a parent of a child that has an IEP and this school district falls short, especially in the middle school years, of providing the level of qualified and knowledgable personnel to help implement IEP based on current NCLB and IDEA regulations. It would benefit us parents to become more unified in demanding better processes with teachers who are HQ and hve the child's best interest in heart to actually implement and execute the plan so that it works and helps the child succeed.