We were pleasantly surprised by the attention this school has provided both our son and our family in general. Since we transisitioned from Private to Public directly to Jacobs in the 5th grade, we were of course nervous on how things would turn out. They are always keeping you informed of important dates and our son's teacher is absoutely wonderful!!! I would recommend Jacobs Elementary to any family.
Great school with a supportive staff and caring parents. There is some issues with bullying but unfortunately there isn't much the school can do when the parents of said students sit idly by and let their kids run amok.
I have had consistent problems with problems not being addressed with out of control bus activity. There is a huge anti-bullying campaign but there are problems with bullying: (physical as well as verbal) that wont be addressed despite complaints by numerous parents complaints.
I cannot believe everyone is getting so uptight over one review. If you realize there are issues and challenges, why are you complaining about the review? I only wrote the truth. Why not take that and implement changes. I do volunteer consistently because I do have two kids that attend the school. So everybody needs to calm down and learn to take constructive criticism and make changes.
For the parent that commented about the PTA. The PTA is only as good as its volunteers. The reason the PTA has gotten somewhat disorganized is because we only have a few parents that actively support 750 children. The flyers about specific Box Top collections come home in the Wednesday folders. As is always stated, you can send them in any time, but deadlines are given based on the BTFE program. We try to implement new programs to raise money that do not cost the parents any additional monies. At the beginning of the year, a refrigerator sheet was sent home, with all the items we collect to raise money. If you contact anyone on the board, we will be MORE than glad to send home another one. If you would like to volunteer to fill one of the committee positions, we would love to have you. That way, you could take that committee and get it organized! Have you been to a PTA meeting to offer suggestions, comments or volunteer? If you haven't, that may be a good place to start to HELP make improvements.
Jacobs rd has the best teachers in VA! I have had 4 children attend Jacobs. You don't find dedicated teachers who know and love your kids the way Jacobs teachers do! The PTA is top knotch and put in numerous hours of hard work for the staff and students. Parent involvement has gotten harder over the years but the same great parents always step up to the plate!
Wow!! I cannot believe some of the things I have read in previous posts. I believe Jacobs is a great school and have never had any issues with administration or teachers. Everyone has always been very welcoming, helpful, and accommodating. What I do have an issue with is parents that complain and do not contribute to the growth of the school or community. I am a parent that is actively involved with the PTA, JAA, and Cub Scouts. For some reason I see the same core group of parents involved in everyone of those activities. I find it hard to believe that if these other parents truly wanted to be involved or want to stimulate change or action you would see some new faces in these groups and you don't. I am well aware that we are all very busy people, and schedules can make attending meetings tough. But if you truly wanted to make a difference you would role your sleeves up and get in there with the rest of the individuals that dedicate their FREE time to assisting and mentoring YOUR children. A big thanks to those that have dedicated their time to the growth and education of my children.
MY FIRST YEAR AT JACOBS ELEM : This is my first year at Jacobs Elem, and as a parent who knows how much work is involved in the activities/events and dealing with different people and personalities, I am truly impressed by what I have seen at Jacobs Elem School. I have attended different events, volunteered in child s classroom, and field trips. There is a difference between constructive criticism and just being plain negative. My question to the previous posting referencing, "The PTA at Jacobs has really gotten worse over the past two years.They seem to be unorganized. .......", have you addressed this issue/concern at a PTA meeting? With anyone on the PTA Board? As other parents mentioned previously, instead of complaining, let s all make an effort to have the volunteer numbers increase, and work together as a TEAM. Any issues that I have had or having as a parent; I am addressing them with the proper individuals, and not posting it publically . We appreciate all the hard work everyone is doing. "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~Winston Churchill
Administration this year has really made the school go down to a one star. Rules that won't allow you to enter the school building once school is over, principals state they have contract hours and won't meet with parent 30 minutes after school gets out. Its a shame that the administration does not support the parents. VERY parent involved school and the administration does not support this. Will be very glad when my child is out of this school!! Used to recommend this school but new AP this year has been horrible and the last couple years the new admin has been rude and disrespectful to parents!!
My child is a 1st grader and her teacher is INCREDIBLE However, administration is not so much. NOT approachable at all to parents, demeans parents at meetings, and does not respect parents at all. was told by principal that the issues on the bus were not her problem as they were "nother buses". Took my daughter off bus and is now parent pick up and same principal complains that so many parents pick up their children. Teachers are great, administration has A LOT to work on...have considered homeschooling child JUST because of administration!!!!!
FANTASTIC supportive dedicated staff!!!! 100% PTA participation year after year further demonstrates our school's unconditional support of both parents and staff.
Everything from the principals, teacher leadership, help with bullys, LD education is a joke. They stick their head in the sand and place the blame anywhere but on them. I have 2 kids who have been in school for years now and nothing has improved. My kids are unhappy and cry everyday.
I would just also like to add that the new leadership needs to regroup and focus. I was present at the new principles "parent focus-group meetings" held at the beginning of the year. All of the things they set out to do were not accomplished. I don't think the relationship b/w the principle and assistant principle is harmonious. this needs' to be the first thing to improve if this school is going to be a top school again.
The teachers are great!! They go above and beyond just teaching the kids.
We've been apart of Jacobs Road for 8 years, and there is an amazing support system among the school community. I believe it's because all of those involved work really hard to make it a great place for our children!
It was the one school where all of my children had fond memories. Both special needs children and my 'normal child'. At Jacobs they were all 'normal' now that they are have moved up to high school the experiences and the differences are too extreme and the lines have been drawn between normal and abnormal.
I attended the school and now am a first grade teacher there! It is a wonderful community with dedicated students, parents, and faculty.
The teachers at Jacobs are wonderful! They connect with our children and really try to bring out the best in each child. Parents are encouraged to volunteer through the PTA and in the classrooms which is a great way for parents to stay connected. Thank you Jacobs Road Elementary! You are shaping young minds and creating a world of possibilities for our children.
When you walk into Jacobs Road you will always be greeted with a smile from the staff, teachers, and children!
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