This is my sons first grade year at this school, which was a mistake on my part. Kindergarten was so horrible and unorganized with a disrespectful and verbally abusive staff and faculty. This year so far, i have not receive notice of anything happening, at all. Only last minute details. No one likes to communicate and urban slang and rap are practiced amongst the custodians and hall monitor. They are careless and rude and have felt it necessary to not approach me with concern for my child but to openly ridicule him and myself while favoring another student in what was a mutual disagreement. It was uncalled for and completely immature. I tried to speak with the principal only to be met with another rude employee, the secretary. While speaking to her, while in tears, she basically laughed and kept trying to move me to a bench to sit down. I am disgusted beyond belief with how the staff and faculty conduct themselves at this school. I have yet to receive any communication but have only seen and dealt with mockery and ridicule. The kids are often forced to eat their breakfast within 10 minutes, 7 of which the announcements are on. Mind you, no one is allowed to eat while the announcements are on. That gives them 3 minutes to scarf down burnt or undercooked food. And if the two women in the cafeteria do not feel youve eaten fast enough, there will be yelling, verbal abuse and threats made. This not acceptable, my child and these children deserve better. My elementary school experience was so much fun. These kids have nothing to look forward to at this school. No programs, clubs, boosters, fundraisers. Nothing. No improvement. No PTA!
I WILL NOT BE PUTTING MY SON IN WEST HANDLEY FOR HIS 2ND GRADE SCHOOL YR. WE MOVED TO FTW LAST YR FROM WEST TEXAS. THIS SCHOOL IS SO UNORGANIZED, THEY SEND NOTICES ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS LITERALLY ONE DAY BEFORE. HOW DOES THIS GIVE ME ENOUGH TIME IN ADVANCED TO GET PREPARED? MY SON'S TEACHER WOULD STILL CALL HIM BY THE WRONG NAME BY THE END OF THE YR, ACCUSE HIM OF STEALING HER PENCILS JUST BECAUSE I HAD BOUGHT HIM THE EXACT SAME KIND, THE LIBRARIAN ACCUSED HIM OF LOSING A BOOK AND FINED HIM WHEN I EXPLAINED HE TURNED IT IN...THEN LATER SHE FOUND IT. I MEAN THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!
I have 4 girls that attend West Handley. One will be graduating this year from 5th grade and has attended West Handley since Pre-K. The teachers and staff are very supportive and take care of my girls as if they were there own. My 3rd and 5th grader both scored high on the taks test thanks to the excellent curriculum offered. There lessons throughout the year were challenging and fun. There is an after school program that is available for the first time this year and all of my girls attended. It saved me money on daycare and it gave them time to be with friends, do their homework and be creative. I am very grateful for the open door policy. I know that I am always welcome to visit my kids and talk to the teachers if I should have any concerns. The West Handley staff and teachers have become a 2nd family to me and my girls. My youngest girl is 11 months now and will attend pre-k in 2009. I have to say, I m looking forward to another 7 years with West Handley Elementary.