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James L Masters5
Posted September 08, 2014
- a parent
The principle of this school is very child centered. She cares about the education of her children. This is the second year at Master's and we are a military family with other options. We love it at this school. Academics, especially reading is a priority at this school.
First of all the Principal is fantastic. As a military family we move a lot, this is my sons 3rd school. We have seen a principal that is disconnected and hides in his office, and a principal that allows teacher to have meltdowns in front of students. Then we came here, and the principal is very proactive and very involved with her students and staff. She is the principal you wish you could pack with you to every duty station. She is no-tolerance when it come to bulling, and does everything she can to make she that either she or the vice principal gives you a call back within a few hours and is more than happy to sit in on a parent teacher conference. The teachers are very nice, however I do wish that my sons teacher would initiate contact when my son is struggling instead of not saying anything. I don't know if he needs help if nothing is said. I've had to initiate all interaction. But that is just one teacher. My daughters teacher is new to the school and is amazing at communicating with me and is very positive and encouraging to her. There are plenty of way for a parent to get involved through the PTO or just helping at the school, so far has just been a very nice experience.
I would have to say Masters is a great school they keep the parents informed if your child is having problems in any subject and they act fast on the problem jnstead of waiting until your child grade is in danger.
ALl 3 of my children have attended this school for the past 2 years. I am so pleased with the teachers, the staff and administration. Guaranteed my kids will not graduate from any other Elem. school. Mavericks forever!!!
I think the bottom line here is that parents need to be more involved in their child's education and school environment. It is not enough to send your child to school and expect things to be ok...teachers, administration, staff...we all would like to see more parental involvement. It seems to me that parents who don't really know what is going on are the ones that complain the most...these types of reviews don't help parents like me who are wanting to find out more about the school their child will be attending...I am a school teacher in SA and know for a fact the lack of parent involvement and would definitely welcome it if parents are willing to give some of their time to get to know the teachers, staff, and administration. Other districts have great PTA/PTO involvement...how come we can't commit to that here in this district? The ultimate goal is to see our kids succeed, right? Parents, I challenge you to get involved to make the 2013-2014 a success...be committed to your child's education and get involved in making things better. WE need to act and be role models to those who may be lacking in the area of making others feel welcome. Walk the walk, don't just talk!
Lets be clear about academic status first before we start bashing a school. RECOGNIZED campus is BETTER than EXEMPLARY status. My daughter has been at this school since it opened as well. She is an honor roll student. She has never missed honor roll since she has been at Masters Elementary. She passed the STAARS test as well with flying colors. When I had concerns about my daughter, I spoke to Dr. Arnell(Principal) and she addressed my concerns immediately. She is not a do whatever the teacher wants type of principal. She makes sure that the teachers teach and students do their BEST! She has high expectations for the staff and students! This is an EXCELLENT school. My daughter will be attending Metzger next year and I pray that the school has the SAME expectations. I highly recommend JAMES MASTERS ELEMENTARY. They have cheerleading, dribble team, and choir among other activities for their students.
I am a highly involved parent and I must say that this school was awesome when it first opened. Since then it seems like it has gone downhill. From what I understand the campus lost it exemplary status and is only recognized so the principal seems to be pushing the students and teachers to do well on the new STAAR test. The principal personally talked with individual student and had them promise to do their best. It put a lot of kids under more stress because they felt if they do badly then they would get in trouble. I think every school is going to have problems, how the problems are handled by the staff and principal is what counts. When a problem came up with my child and their teacher I felt like the principal really didn t care. She said that she fully believes in her teachers and wouldn't have them at her school if she didn t. I think that a lot of the lack of parent involvement is due to the fact that some of the staff and teachers make parents feel unwelcome. Obviously there is something wrong when the PTO board members from this year are not only stepping down but most all of them are moving their children to charter schools or homeschooling them.
First of all- this school is in Judson ISD, on Wooklake Parkway, in Converse NOT Live Oak- the address listed is incorrect. My kids have been at this school since it opened. I am so impressed with the building, and resources available to the teachers and students. The extra activities and after school programs are amazing. It has been hit-or-miss with some of the teachers, some don't seem to enjoy being there as much as others; however my impression has always been that the frustration comes more from the lack of parental involvement. I have been impressed with the principal, and her willingness to meet with us and discuss any concerns we have had. I am a parent volunteer and am in the school helping at least once a week- and I can honestly say that I am VERY happy with having my kids there, and believe this to be the best elementary school in Judson ISD.
The first year was a good year but now the teachers are getting sloppy and aren't really caring about the children well being. The principle, Mrs Arnell, just goes along with what ever the teachers say. I am going to remove my children.