My 5th grader tells me the following about his math teacher: she eats during class, talks with the food in her mouth, sends and receives text messages while teaching. I have sent this math teacher several emails asking for clarification on certain matters. In every email response from her there are a least 2 significant spelling errors. My son tells me she often criticizes her students. He finds it difficult to accept criticism from a teacher he does not respect.
Mitchell is by far the worst school to me that my kids have gone through. My 12 year old daughter has been getting bullied and of course no one has noticed. If you don't live in a home that's bigger than the next you are made fun of. Money money that's all the kids here seem to care about. If you don't have much of it sadly you won't be a "cool" kid. Just ridiculous!
Everything stated is true and is not slander of any sort. It sounds to me like this review comes from someone on the inside and if it is from a parent - you must have bullies at home! Probably the over sized red shirted ones that were held back for a sports and academic advantage. If we liked living in the dog eat dog world with people talking behind our backs, we certainly would not have chosen to live in The Woodlands. You are darn right that I am entitled to my opinion and my review was mild considering my horrible experience.
I have read a number of comments and agree with many. My son did not experience any bullying, and overall had a good experience at Mitchell. He played in the orchestra, and it was a wonderful program. However, the math department is horrible, and Mrs. Bauer may be the worst teacher my son has ever had. She spends 10 minute teaching and the rest of the time the class does worksheets. My son, an A student, went to her once and asked for further explanation, and she asked "Why weren't you paying attention?" He never asked for her help again and we spent much of our time teaching what she refused to help with. She spent her "spare" time surfing the Internet, looking for colors to paint her house and other things. Homework...sometimes as much a two hours a night. Imagine giving a child 60 math questions. If they can do each one in two minutes, that's two hours. I truly felt that I was the math teacher for two years with Mrs. Bauer. She often would give work that she didn't teach at all, just to see what the kids could determine on their own...even on exams. And the grade counted. So if you get Mrs. Bauer, better refresh your math skills...you will be the teacher.
My three children, who have completely different learning styles excelled at Mitchell Intermediate. We were so impressed with he care shown by every staff member. anytime I had a question, I received an email or phone call immediately. I read every review on this site and find it sad that anyone can write whatever they want. That almost seems like slander. Yes, everyone has a right to their opinion. I am here to say that my children have been to elementary, intermediate, junior high and high school in The Woodlands, and hands down, their best experiences were at Mitchell. Mrs. Klapesky, as the school principal and visionary, has led an incredible staff of talented teachers. I appreciate what the school is doing to address disrespectful children. As we know, we deal with "mean people" our whole lives. Those playground bullies are now the same adults cutting your car off on the road or still gossiping about you in the neighborhood. We have to teach our children how to inform bullies that their behavior is inappropriate and that is doesn't bother them. That can only happen at home. It isn't the school's responsibility to shape behaviors. A BIG high five to Mitchell-an AWESOME school
I have been very disappointed with this school - the teachers cannot teach - one quote, "this is math not logic so do it my way, not the way the book is telling you..." I have had to spend countless hours outside of school with my child teaching them the subject material in all four core subjects (I am doing the teachers' job). After numerous meetings, I find it is hopeless to get the attention of anyone that cares. The fine arts department is outstanding however, and is the one shining light in a dismal educational environment. The parent involvement is minimal as they prefer parents to stay uninvolved.
I am very concerned about the bullying in 5th grade. It appears to still going on. My son has different looks, ethnic, than most of the students and I feel for this he is being picked on. The math teacher is horrible. She is not teaching. He started out well and his grades are decreasing. Parents have complained with no results. I feel they are overwhelmed due to classroom size and basically do not teach. The websites are not updated and the newsletter comes on Fridays after the lessons are already done. We are lost on the kids assignments and have a hard time understanding the homework. I hear that families are homeschooling and the kids are excelling. It is not worth my son suffering emotionally for the rest of his life. We will be homeschooling.
This is a terrible school..WAY too large as all elementary schools feed into this middle school. Classes are out of control and teachers complain they cannot handle everything and this is why they say they do not have time to give parents feedback. Bullying is a huge problem...especially for boys. My son has been picked on mentally and physically for over a year and the teacher and principal turn their heads. Read previous older reviews and you will see this has been going on for years. Unfortunately I cannot afford private school, but most of my friends can, and therefore have switched to private and are now happy.
I've had one child go through this school and presently have one in the 6th grade. It has been a true blessing and answer to prayers to have my kids attend this school. The teachers and admin truly care and look out for the children. Both kids are 504 and the care and level of education that they receive from Mitchell is the highest of quality. The LC experience , though at first concerned me ended up being absolute genius. The teachers get to know the kids and the way they learn and "customize the experience with that individual child." I Cant say enough good things about the time spend at Mitchell and LC&6. My only regreat is this will be the last year I have a child there. J. Wideman
The school is wonderful with all of it's teachers. My student is in LC 2 and we love it there... Improved grades from last year, such nice teachers... They go above and beyond.
I have mixed feelings about this school. The G/T program is nothing more than assigning extra work for the child which is truly disappointing. Also, just like all the other schools in The Woodlands, teachers are pressured by admin. to teach to the TAKS. The goal is to obtain or retain an exemplary rating. This is nothing new and we all know it happens across the state. Furthermore, the school tries to keep parental involvement to a minimum unless one is part of the PTA which is somewhat perplexing......these children are in 5th/6th grade! On the other hand, the teachers, at least the ones we've had contact with, seem to be concerned with the child's academic progress and overall well being. The principal is outstanding and quick to address questions or concerns. The fine arts program is top notch. Bottom line: There is good and bad anywhere.
The BULLIES are out of control! Mitchell's bullying prevention PowerPoint is a very ineffective way to stop the harassment. The administration needs to look beyond the PowerPoint and personally supervise the LC classroom exchanges and playground time. Unfortunately, these areas have become the breeding grounds for the bullies. Reducing bullying in our schools reflects an improved school environment that is friendly and welcoming to all students. In schools where children feel protected from bullying, they are free to spend their days learning, building friendships, and dreaming about all the possibilities for their lives, but not here at Mitchell. In contrast, we cannot say enough great things about Mitchell's hard-working counselors and teachers. They are quick to respond positively and are genuinely concerned about all issues related to our child. Our teachers keep us updated with daily assignment websites and send constant schedule and project e-mail reminders. Tip: 'Parents Get Involved!'.
The LCs do not keep up with the website postings for the kids homework and progress reports. They depend on this system, but yet do not maintain it. It is very frustrating and has made it very difficult for my wife and I to manage. We have made several complaints about this and we get the 'we do our best' and 'we try to teach kids to be responsible for their own schedule'. Its easy if you have an organized child - but if you need to help your child stay on top of things, the school sets you up for failure. In my opinion this one downfall ruins the reputation of this school. The teachers are very good other than that and overall we are happy with the school.
Mitchell is the worse school in the Woodlands. It is too large so they have broken the school up into learning communities (LC). Each LC has approximately 100 students. The four teachers focus on study habits the first two months of school with excessive planner checks, and complex multi-week projects. They do not remind the students it is due and expect Germanic like precision of 10 year olds in researching, planning, and composing the project. They expect this with no in school work on how to develop these skills. God help the househlods with two working parents and a non-academic background. Additionally, while they inflict this high standard on the students, they are virtually always behind in keeping up with the teacher assignment websites, and glacially slow in responding to questions when asked via email. Even when asked for a parent teacher conference, the teachers delayed two weeks. AVOID Mitchell. Homeschool.
Teach the test seems to be their one goal here. Very focused on retaining an exemplary rating on their TAKS testing rather than creating a true learning environment. Kids are grouped into LCs (learning communities) of about 200 students each in an attempt to overcome the problems of a campus that is too big.
So far, I am not impressed with my 5th grader's experience at Mitchell. My A/B child's grades are plummeting and the teacher's seem much more interested in cookie-cutter rules than in teaching. They do not update their own parent access websites and that makes it very hard for me to help my son be successful. The first semester seemed geared to forcing ten year olds to learn good study habits - something they didn't particularly need in elementary school. Teacher communication is a real struggle. I've waited two weeks for a response to my request for a conference. I want my child to be excited about learning!
G/T is ignored. Our student has been tested and allowed to accelerate a year in math, but there is no communication with the parents regarding this - almost like they are embarrassed. All other course offerings for our g/t student are not tailored at all to a g/t student. Our g/t kids are taught using the same methods as any other student...just a little more advanced material. That just doesn't work. Teachers seem to focus on trying to engineer these kids socially and have removed almost all 'fun' from their day. 10 min recess is all the time they have to socialize freely. Teachers focus on red tape, not learning. Fine arts program is excellent and gives our student a reason to come to school - other than that they hate it!
I have had two children attend Mitchell Intermediate. It has been the same with both of them. The fine arts program is excellent, but that is all that is good about it. The teachers do not know how to teach gifted and talented children. They have no idea how to discipline bullies, and really make no attempt to. Their elementary school was really wonderful, Mitchell is really not a good place to be, and completely lacking in comparison.
We have had two sons attend this school, both with very different needs and both have had an excellent experience here. The princpal, APs and counselors have gone beyond what would be expected to ensure that my gifted child has everything he needs to succeed both adademically and socially and have provided him with additional opportunities to grow. Orchestra teacher is working now on her doctorate in ordhcestra education and truly enjoys teaching these students. Despite her busy schedule, she comes in early to help students and works with several groups of students in different groups. A teamworks class about once weekly is led by a very talented teacher who helps students learn more about working together and overcoming differences. She looks for creative ways to help them assume leadership roles in different situations. We've attended private schools in the past and this is much better overall!
Mitchell has the best special education program Ihave ever seen. My son has gained so much from the wonderful teachers and the department head mrs florence wiggins. Thank you soooo much!
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