This school is great. The teachers are great and have high expectations for the students. The administrators and counselors are easily accessible and available to help. The student population is wonderfully diverse. I love that my child is exposed to so many different cultures.
I believe the teachers know their content and may teach well, but not all of them have kids' best interest at heart. I've sometimes felt that teachers behaved more like gatekeepers and wanted to prove students couldn't do the work instead of actually helping students move forward. In the two years my son has been at the school, I have seen an improvement in teacher quality.
My son is now in 7th grade and even though the transition to middle school was a challenge, I felt that the school leadership was extremely supportive even when the teachers were not. Ms. Hall is an outstanding leader, and tremendous change has happened in one year. Also, Hammond has the BEST orchestra instructor period. Ms. Jackson rocks! Ms. Ortiz rocks! Mr. Rademacher rocks! Dean Diggins rocks!
There has been quite a bit of turmoil with the schools coming together but my child and I agree that this was his best year of school. The 8th grade principal actually does her job. By that I mean she treats the students fairly and consistently and is always professional. I have quite a few visits to the school for various reasons and she has never greeted me without a smile. I know working with children, some with good behavior, and some without, could make for frustrating days but one could never tell that based on her demeanor. My son tells me that she is always visible and willing to assist.
Based on the conversations I've had with other parents and students I believe Hammond is on it's way to better days. Having three different schools wasn't the best to begin with.
We are on our way out, but to those coming, best wishes. Hammond is a middle school, there will be problems. However, if the students are lucky, Mrs. Ortiz will become the head principal.
My child plays by the rules and is not rewarded. I have heard several times from them how they have protected someone from being bullied or done the "right" thing and they are not supported by the teachers and staff. This has cause my child to get a target put on them by the other kids. Middle school is hard enough, why should my child be socially shunned for having the guts to do what is right? I have heard from other parents that there is NO consistency with how the students (good, bad, neutral) are treated.