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J.R. Smith School5
Posted August 03, 2014
- a parent
Jr Smith is by far the greatest I have seen. Sadly my child is going to be in the 4th grade this year and leave next year. All her teachers have been amazing and so have the staff!!! Plus a high and great shout out to Mr. Brown. He has been the best principal I have ever had the experience of meeting. I have been to other schools that my nephews and niece attend and they are dull, boring, no helpful staff when I go to the office. Their field day was awful and boring. The kids all got bored quick. I have participated and volunteered for activities and programs at Jr Smith and they are fantastic.
This school is very family oriented, strive for success and the teachers are very supportive of our children. I have found the school is very supportive of mothers and provide backing and support to them. They will do whatever it takes to help mothers and their children. If you are a mother you are in the right place. I found this school discounts the father s role with children: specifically, because they are generally at work and dedicate their time to providing for their families. The staff at this school is willing to communicate with the mother of the children but are easily put off if the father becomes overly engaged in the process. If you have critical concerns you will likely be pushed aside and regarded negatively. Also I found where they abandon the dads they step up support of the mothers. The school has reported to at least one father they remain neutral in issues regarding the family and at the same time the schools staff reached out to a mother who was not to contact the school they breached a protective order to provide information regarding the children. This person was reported as abusive to the children and her husband. There was no good reason for this.
I have reviewed the schools conduct in regards to their policies and I have found at least one area this school has disregarded the safety and concern for the children. This school has made choices which include violating court order and putting the children at risk as well as their supportive parent. This needs to be addressed and is a critical failure to the kids.
This school is amazing. It has been under the direction of Ms. DeAnna Lloyd as principal these last three years. She is a very approachable principal and is willing to listen to new ideas and do what is always best for the kids. She has the help of an incredible school counselor who has made every child understand the importance of being safe, kind and responsible. Kids are encouraged in a positive way on an ongoing basis through different incentive programs. They are encouraged to be kind to classmates and respect the teachers and staff. JR Smith has an incredible staff - from excellent grade level teachers to the aides that help the children become better readers. The PTA is absolutely amazing with the time and hours they put in for the various activities throughout the year.
JR Smith is a school in transition from being a small farming town school to a school that can meet modern-day children's needs. We have found that a couple of teachers are exceptional, while many others are just putting in their time. There appears to be no accountability on the part of the teachers...they seem to each just do whatever interests them. You must request a teacher here or you risk your child being stuck in a mediocre class all year. Academic programs are 'meets minimum,' along with music and PE (this is mostly dodge-ball, etc.). Art is non-existent, with the exception of Meet the Masters once a month (done by the PTA), and the gifted program is a total joke. A new principal has arrived this year, so hopefully she will be able to turn things around. Safety has also been a concern...no fences around the playground, etc.
My son briefly attended kindergarden at this school. We found the extremely high student to teacher ratio very disturbing (when our son was there in 2004, the ratio was 32 students to 1 teacher!) It's the epitome of a failed system spiralling out of control. The ratios are horrific, the test results are an embarrasment and the saddest truth is that funding is nowhere on the horizon. We did what all nurturing parents should do.....moved to a state that actually funds schools and pays teachers a professional wage. Good luck and don't fear taxes, fear stagnation because Utah is becoming the next Mississippi when it comes to their 'educational system'.
I would like to thank Mr. Horner for his leadership at JR. I have had 2 children go through this school. My last child has had some processing problems. At my request testing was done and he was able to receive the extra help he needed. I have experienced nothing but loving, compassionate teachers and staff. Classrooms have always been open to parents at anytime. After school and summer reading programs FREE to children with the needs. Teaching and learning is a 3 way process. Caring Staff, willing Students and Parents who can make time even when they don't have enough extra time to share. I want to thank JR Smith for the wonderful foundation they have given my two children. Mr. Horner will be missed but Miss Lloyd will continue to keep the standards high and keep JR Smith growing to new levels each year.
I was a student teacher at this school and found it to be one of the most amazing elementary schools I've seen yet. The teachers were exceptional, the principal, Mr. Horner, was absolutely amazing, and the students were well behaved and extremely bright. The school was well kept, organzied, had great school-wide activities, motivating, and had some of the best teachers I've yet to encounter. Mrs. Patterson, a 1st grade teacher, was by and large one of the best teachers I've met. She loved her students, loved teaching, and loved watching her students learn and grow! Everything about the school was amazing! (Even the school lunch was great!!)