Current Administration is doing a great job of cleaning up the mess left to them by previous leaders. Classrooms seem very engaged with normal growing pains. Most of parents complaining are ones with kids needing to be disciplined at home and whom can do no wrong. Mr. Henderson and his V.P crew are doing a fantastic job!
The special needs classroom has great, knowledgeable teachers. Students who fall under 504 plans (special needs not severe enough to be in special needs classes) get left in the dust unless parents are relentlessly on the school's butt about their student.
Arietta has no business being an elementary school vice principal, she needs to be at high school level. No patience. Henderson doesn't have it in him to be principal. He's the third we've seen, try again Irving school district! Carmen Derrick was awesome as was Ashley Reynolds, it's a shame they couldn't stay.
We've been at Hanes for six years now and in that time I've seen plenty of good and bad go on.
Poor leadership- We've been through three principals and multiple vice principals who struggle to bring up scores and a severe lack of community among the staff.
Poor parental involvement- If you're looking for a school where parents and teachers work as one, this isn't it. Teachers have no interest in joining PTA and the Parent Center to form a community that our students can depend on. I understand teachers work hard, but parental involvement needs to be a top priority!
Young, inexperienced teachers- A vast majority of teachers are under 30 and it shows. I know MANY of Hanes parents who complain about getting calls or emails for minor issues, but don't get replies to their own concerns.
Too many students to teachers- This year the average is 21, but there are anywhere from 17-35 students per teacher over the years.
Administration- The current principal and v. principal need training for special needs children. They have no idea how to handle these children and in my years here I've seen things get physical between staff and students holding children down, pinning them because the staff had no better solutions than to restrain the students.
Some teachers- teachers having a "it's good enough" or "at least the student tried" attitudes. The lack of support these teachers get from the administration shows, many just give up.
Individual teachers are great- There are some amazing teachers on staff who go above and beyond for the children. A majority of the gifted classes have excellent teachers, the special needs class has patient, knowledgeable teachers. It's luck of the draw though! As I said, the teachers and admin need to work on a sense of community. They need to support each other and to welcome and encourage parental support as well.
Parent Center- the current parent liason is excellent at her job! She is open and welcoming to all parents and encourages parents to volunteer, she arrangea dad club, is part of PTA and goes above and beyond to build a sense of community. Unfortunately her work often falls on deaf ears as administration and teachers, again, lack a sense of community.
Wrapping it up: this school has great potential, but a lack of motivation to work together and set goals together is really holding the school back.
Great school my daughter loved it here her teacher is a great teacher she helped her and encouraged her. As parents we are also a very important role in our kids education so whatever you do at home with your child will reflect at school. Teachers and parents should work as a team... support your kids teacher and i grantee you your child will do great. Very satisfied with Hanes