When my son was at the Primary, I was made to feel very welcome by the staff as were other parents. They still remember my name and ask how my son is. When he began at the Elementary, I was made to feel the exact opposite. They don't want parents up there unless they are subbing. The parties are limited, not by the district but by the school itself. My sons teacher is not friendly towards parents period. She is good with him and good with the other students, but like the majority of the teachers there she treats the children like adults not children. I have heard many complaints not just from other parents but other teachers on other campuses that the one school they had the most problems with next to the High School was the Elementary. They're unfriendliness and their disorganization during dismissal make me wish I had home schooled my son.
I am a parent of four children that have attended gatesville elementary and I could not be happier with the current principal and staff. My children range from 7 to 24 and all attended gatesville, and the current staff is by far the best, my questions are always answered with respect, and I feel like I am notified quickly whether his glasses broke or he got a rock in his ear. At 7 and 8 years of age there is no extracurricular aactivities available at gatesville. In other schools parents are incouraged to help in the students classes, and that is the only problem i have with gatesville's school system is that they insist on keeping parents out of the class room. We are discouraged from assisting the teachers in any way, at Temple we made copies or just listened to the children read.
The only concern that I have with this school at this point has to do with occurances dealing with recess and other sporting events. I have had instances where I believe that there are not enough teachers watching the students at recess and this could lead to an injury. I have also had an incident where my child developed an injury from too much activity in P.E.