I am a foster parent and I have had so much cooperation with the teachers, office staff that I am really please. I know exactly what's happening with both my kids. One is in first grade and the other in kinder. I always ask questions, want to know how they are doing, make weekly phone calls or conference to find out why my son acted up and why I should be concerned of how he is behaving, or how my foster daughter comes home telling me stories or how school went. I ask what they eat everyday and make a phone call te following day to find out why they are serving what they do. By golly, it's the parents school you have put your kids into and left them in their hands, I am goin to do what I need to do to find out what is going in there. And I must say, everyone has cooperated very well, let us know exactly what and why when need be. I must say I am very proud of this school and how my foster kids react to knowing I have a one on one relationship with their teachers to find out anything I need to know. It helps them behave in school.
I live the school so glad my boys go here teachers are careing and will help them if they are struggling
This school has been a huge disappointment. My child is in 2nd grade 1st year at Moats. Teachers do not respond to request to help a child that is struggling and the principal could care less and it shows.
The caring nature of this school and its excellent staff is represented by the TAKS rating they received this past year. The new assistant principal is a great addition to the school and everyone seems to be on the same page this year even more than before. I'm so glad both of my children go to Moates!
I am a teacher at this school. In order to promote a successful learning environment, I think it is up to the parents, teachers, administration, and students. Communication is an important factor. I constantly make sure that my parents are well informed of the rules and procedures that I set forth in my classroom. I have a dedicated website that includes homework assign, upcoming tests, etc.. that I've paid for out of my own pocket to make sure that there is a good parent/teacher relationship. Due to the dedication of all involved, our school has received 'Recognized' on the TAKS Tests. I am proud to say that I am part of the Moates Elem. family. Ms. Grimes 4th grade.
My child has gone to Moates ever since kindergarten and we are no longer going to go to this school. The prinicpal, although liked him to begin with, is so lax about discipline and very rude in person and on the phone. Have had a few teachers that were ok, but most were too busy worrying with students that were troublemakers. I suggest you go to another school in Desoto ISD or transfer to another school district. ---Very Unhappy Parent
This school has been nothing but a huge dissapointment. I am very displeased with the school's curriculum level, teacher engagement and their procedures surrounding how they address children who continuously target (bully) innocent children who are there to learn. The principal is very laxed and does not make good judgement calls on issues where parents need to be informed. My son will not be continuing with this school.
I have two sons that attend this school. One of their teacher is a God snet. She is very helpful and is alwaya willing to help with anything concerning his education. The othe one is the exzact opposite! It seems that she is there because this is her job and she ahs to do it. Granted, my son is learning, she is not open, and has never offered to do anything extra. It is a good school but it really depends on the teacher.
This school has been a big disappointment. Some teachers are more concerned with furthering their education rather than educating their students. The principal shows no concern over the lackluster performance of his teachers. The caliber of most of the teachers was shockingly poor. I would recommend transferring your student to another school in the District.
My son has enjoyed his school year thus far and I am looking forward to bringing him back for next year.
Good quality of academic programs. Always strive to improve curriculum. Children learn to play recorders and basic music therory. Wide range of art projects. Very loving and caring faculty. Administration easy to partner with.
My boys' teachers this year were excellent. They really helped them excel. The school offers many good academic programs. I feel that the principal really does care about his students. However, I feel that some of the staff and even some of the teachers are much less caring and helpful. It really depends on the teacher.
I did not think the school was a safe place for students in the morning because the cafeteria doors were not opened until exactly 7:30, which many parents would drop students off and drive off with no adult supervision. Lower grade class were too large and too many discipline problems.
Initially I thought it was a good school, more so now the stories that I hear and the personal experiences I am having, I am re-thinking this. My room-mates child was suspended for talking in class. This was told to her by a message left on an answering machine and the reasoning was because her other child was suspended also she might as well stay home with her daughter too. Both of her children have medical conditions that the school has been advised about by her and the childrens doctor.
Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities.
This was my child's second year attending Moates. My experience this year was so bad, I removed my child from Moates in the 2nd 6wks of the year. I even had to meet with Asst Superentendent, after the principal told me 'I was not working with the staff.' I and my husband had several meeting with the teacher and the principal. We both went to school with my son to check on his progress. I had daily interaction (via email) with his teacher. I feel that Moates needs a more experienced staff, as most of the teachers are new.
If any parent care about their child they would not consider Moates Elementary - the school staff(teachers and office staff) as well as the principles do not care for the students and their education or the conserns for the parents.
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