YSMS is a great school, they encourage personalized education and do their best possible to help students who just don't get what they are being taught. The World Language program is also a great asset because it helps them learn about the world as well as begin to teach them a language that they will carry on throughout their high school career.
8th graders get to go on Internet through the use of school Chromebooks and WiFi while unsupervised at school or home and look up sites that are not educational, moral, or positive. The students can use WiFi connections within the local community if not secure and randomly search whatever they want. The administration pushes the Chromebook on the parents of 8th graders without equal options for those children who are immature, impulsive, and have ADHD. TIP program is pushed on 6th grade parents without permission of parents.
Some books in the school library encourage violence, bullying, horror, etc... Who approves these books for middle school anyway?
The district administration does not really want to hear or help concerned parents. They only want to silence parents who don't agree with policies which are negative for parents and children.
YSMS teachers are great. Most teachers recognize and teach according to age group. Parents should however read all articles that are pushed upon children in 6th grade. One teacher did give some articles to my 6th grader that included discussions about students being overweight or fat, violence in schools, etc. I found the articles to be shocking and the administration stated they were part of the approved curriculum and they backed up the articles even though the articles included school violence and bullying behaviors.
Are we not concerned about violence, drug use, bullying, teen pregnancy, etc. ?Chromebooks use should be held off until later years in Highschool if the Internet browsing is limitless or should be limited to strict usage for teachers to supervise. The current settings can be reset and web browsing can be deleted by the student even prior to a parental history check. The Internet can be a good and bad source for children . What gives the administration the right to tell a parent of a 13 year old how mature their child is and that it is okay to subject the child to everything imaginable by use of a school computer? It's like dropping the child to a party where you know there is alcohol and expecting them not to drink it at thirteen years old and leaving them there to decide.
Try Central or Dallastown schools first. It is in your kids best interest... Trust me on that!