Judson had a reputation for being a good school district and Converse Elementary started out good, but since last year I've become unimpressed. My kids had some great teachers (Mrs. Jeske, Mrs. Villasana); however, I'm very disappointed in the quality of the teachers since last year. They don't always communicate promptly (as they should do daily since we're held to that standard), and I feel they can improve on their people skills...at times they lack warmth/empathy. The principal could improve on staying focused & giving better eye contact when listening to a parent's concern, as he likes to redirect you to school issues (i.e. the bond issue for a new school) that are irrelevant to the meeting. Lastly, the lack of parental involvement is very discouraging and most of the volunteers are the same set of parents who really need additional help.
So far, my experience with Converse has been great. The teachers my children have had are knowledgable and caring. The PE coach really gets the kids involved in local health-related charity work, such as Hoops For Heart and the HEB Buddy and Bruce Bowen fitness challenge. The TAG teacher holds an annual 'Be Kind to Animals' week in the spring that helps to raise funds for the local animal shelter. The music teacher arranged a trip to the symphony for 3-5 this year. Not only do kids learn what they need to know academically according to Texas standards, they are also learning about the importance of helping others and their community. Unfortnatley, all our schools have to deal with the TAKS tests. Converse's scores have been better than most of the other elementaries, and I commend them for that. Parental involvement is average.
I'm not pleased with the school. Kids don't get to be kids. During lunch they are silenced when the noise is minimal, and this is the only time of the day they are out of classes. Older kids are unrulely. I'm getting my kid out as soon as I can.
Great school my two daughter did great enjoyed every teacher they had
Lack of consequences for bad behavior, parental involvement is low. Disappointing school, we are moving out of the district to better schools.
The level of parent involvement is not as high as I expected. Generally, you tend to see the same parents consistantly. Whether is is in the PTA, chaperoning a class trip, or just having lunch with their child. I personally have had very pleasant experiences with the teachers and faculity. I have found the teachers very willing to aid in my daughter education. I enjoy and appreciate the extracurricular activities such as the 'fall festival', 'donuts with dad', and 'munchies with mom' to help promote family in the the education process.
This school does not allow the children to be children - only the TAKS scores matter. 5th graders are not allowed to have recess because they won't have it in middle school. They have weekend TAKS 'camps' and several times a year give practice exams, so the whole school has to be in 'test' mode - quiet. On test days they do not have any break for PE or recess, as I know other schools do - to give the kids a chance to unwind. Mrs. Miller in 4th grade was the only teacher who ever went out of her way to help my son. The principal only cares about the TAKS, if you have a student problem, you need to talk to the Vice Principal, she will at least try to help as long as it doesn't take away from the TAKS.
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