D j vu.... 8th grade counselor went missing and of course the Admin didn't think it was important for the parents to know.... Only reason Julie-Ann even released a letter is because a few parents complained to PISD. As always the Julie-Ann and the rest of the admin staff believe they are above the Parents and do not have to answer to no one. She will stomp on anyone that even tries to make her accountable tor her actions.
I agree with the previous post. The teachers are great but the admin needs help. The ladies in the front office wouldn t know what a smile is or being pleasant to the parents & students that walk in. The principle and her staff are unfriendly and I volunteer up there at the school store during the lunch period and I have never seen them speak to a kid with respect. But again I want to say how much we love the teachers there and that is the only reason we are not looking at transferring out. Just don t expect anything from the admin and you will be happy there.
The teachers are great. But the front office and principle and vice principle I don't think I have ever seen them be positive to a kid. I am really surprised how they talk down to most of the kids. We are for sure about transferring out. I really feel like they prefer that parents are not involved in their kids education. Bloke we just get in the way.
My daughter attended Haggard for three years, and I saw the principal one time at one school event. Unacceptable. The staff at this school is just OK. Not a lot of longevity, and high attrition. After three years, I was pretty underwhlemed by Haggard.
My daughter attended Haggard for a few months during a transition. The teachers went out of their way to help her integrate into the school as a 7th grader. She had come directly from a 6th grade elementary program and was able to adjust quickly with the support offered. The teachers immediately recognized her academic strength and moved her to honors courses despite her only being at the school for 3 months. She loved Haggard and was sad to leave but I am extremely thankfull for the help and support we received from the staff during our short time there. It was also a diverse school but very inclusive and accepting. Overall a great school.
I have had both a son and daughter attend this school for all 3 years. My daughter did very well, as she always does. My son struggled every year. At the end of this 8th grade year, he had failed Math and had to go to summer school (which I felt was a waste of time because he is still not prepared for 9th grade math). Overall I think Haggard is a good school, but they are not prepared to deal with kids with different learning styles. And they all 'teach to the TAKS', which I think is very unfortunate. The teacher's paychecks are directly linked to how the kids perform on those TAKS tests, so for many of them - that is their motivation. It's a shame, because the kids end up not really learning what they need to learn to succeed and are pushed through 'the system.'
The school's smaller size is a plus. Kids and teachers seem able to get to know each other a bit more. There is a large assortment of classes for the high-achieving or gifted student, but electives are rather sparse. If your child doesn't want to go to speech, drama, fine arts route, there's really not much available. Other Plano middle schools seem to offer a wider variety of electives and include practical life skills courses and more technical education. Seventh and eighth graders only have one year of such electives available. The social environment of the school is somewhat unique within Plano. Kids hang out in boy-girl groups more so than at other middle schools. There appears to be a lot more physical affection openly visible around the campus. This can be disconcerting. Students also loiter outside the school after classes let out for the day.
This is a small middle school for the Plano District. The staff and teachers are very well qualified, the curriculum includes pre-AP, honors, PACE, and regulars classes that are interesting and challenging. They encourage critical thinking and community envolvement. There are a variety of clubs and sport for children to participate in and because the school is smaller, they have a better chance of playing. The teachers at this schools are especially warm and caring. I suffered a critical illness while my child was at Haggard. The teachers and staff spent extra time with her to make sure she was ok and frequently emailed me to check on our families situation. It made a really rough time much easier for her to handle and was certainly above and beyond what I would have expected from the teaching staff at any school.