Teachers were non responsive to paternal emails and calls. Inexcusable. Parent did not feel welcome in the class. Very obvious teacher had favorites as this was the "gossip" in the school. Not returning parent email is ridiculous!!!!
The PTO president has a thankless job and any parent willing to step up and assume the position needs to be thanked over and over again. I don't think most families realize the extent of commitment involved. Most of the "bells , whistles and shiny things" are paid for and provided by the PTO for the students and staff.
I think it obviously depends on the teacher and subject. There are some truly exceptional teachers at Newton Lee and they are most definitely effective in their teaching and dealing with their students. But you also have some very ineffective teachers who should leave the profession.
I don't think the topic/subject is just related to Newton Lee. I think most teachers at most LCPS elementary schools are prohibited by their administration from giving too much homework. There seems to be 2 camps-1 camp wants more homework and the other camp thinks that there is already too much. If the students were given enough time in class for the lessons and also the practice than homework might be able to be eliminated from elementary school. But the emphasis is on passing SOLs and not about learning and being challenged
Absolute not, but I'm not sure any school develops those qualities any more. Students give up way to easily these days and if they don't give up they expect medals for just putting forth the minimum amount of effort. Children need to learn that there are winners and losers and not everyone will receive a medal/ribbon/sticker just because they participated
I've witnessed students caring about each other and being concerned when something happens to them. An example would be if someone got hurt in class or on the playground, you see friends helping the injured child to the clinic or asking for updates if the child is out sick.
Definitely not, the administration has taken on the practice of closed loop teaching- 2nd grade teacher this year will move to teach 3rd grade but only teaching their previous entire 2nd grade class of students. So you have students who benefit from the consistency of having the same teacher for 2 years and other students struggling because they have to learn a whole new teaching style from a new teacher. I don't think it's necessarily the schools responsibility to teach honesty, that needs to be taught at home. As far as integrity and fairness absolutely not-students in certain classes with certain teachers are definitely not given the same degree of fairness or integrity. Why should some students get preferential treatment over other students.
Newton Lee used to be an amazing school with phenomenal teachers and a caring administration. Newton Lee at one time was considered the gold standard in elementary schools in the Ashburn area. That was from 2008-2014. The same can no longer be said after so many changes in the administration and teaching staff. There's been a steep decline in parent volunteers over the past 2 years. Any public school but especially elementary schools rely so heavily on parents to volunteer, not sure why the parental involvement has dropped, maybe the new administration hasn't made the parents feel welcome , maybe the parents don't feel as if they have a responsibility to the school or community. Whatever the underlying cause, Newton Lee ES and the students are suffering, perhaps the NLE staff and administration have relied too heavily on volunteer participation to fill the gaps not filled by staff members. The NLE PTO is phenomenal but it can only thrive with a strong membership. Each year, fewer and fewer parents join the PTO. The PTO works closely with the school to ensure that the students and teachers have all the necessary tools to succeed. The student population will be around 700 when school starts in the fall. It would be wise for the administration to understand the importance of retaining the best teachers and to never settle for mediocrity. The Ashburn community schools need to have leaders willing to expect a lot from their students, just passing an SOL is not a measure of a successful year.
Mr. Hackett is a is phenomenal teacher. He is super funny, nice and helpful. He uses all kind of high-tech to inspire students and communicate with parents. My child learned a lot and have fun in his class!