The school is great, I could not agree more, especially our amazing teachers. However, the principal is an extremely incapable leader, as is proven each day and from past endeavors. I am in fact a father, and I could not disagree more with the last two posts. Let's clarify, the issues and comments are felt by a majority, FATHER'S INCLUDED, as was witnessed by an unprecedented recent parent meeting representing approximately 80% of the school. A trend that seems to have followed the new principal with each school he has attempted to lead. Let's also clarify that nothing negative has been said about our new pastor. The school was previously lead by capable leaders that did not show favoritism, nor allow it. The reading program, long standing traditions & school procedures have been stopped or changed, so yes, our "perks" have been stopped, all of which have affected our children. Our community remains strong, especially our wonderful, caring, and devoted wives/mothers that want nothing but the best for our kids. I encourage anyone to contact the principal, but from experience e-mails go unanswered for weeks, calls aren't returned & meeting times are often missed...good luck.
We are not coming back to St. Luke next year. I am not a self-entitled mom who was trying to run the school, but an average parent who puts in the minimum volunteer hours. If everything is great, then the previous poster should host a meeting for all the parents who are happy with the school and see if you get more than 50% attendance like last night's meeting. I am concerned because I see drastic changes being made at the school that have a direct and negative impact on my children. After reading the PTO meeting minutes, I can trace every negative change in the school directly to the new principal or new pastor. As an example, the reading program was halted with no notice to the parents. A reading committee was to be formed by the principal for finding a replacement program. According to the PTO, no committee has been formed even though they repeatedly ask him about it. My children went from checking out a book every week (and more importantly, reading each book) to rarely reading their library books. We love the parents and teachers at the school, but I refuse to wait and see how this all shakes out when my children's future is in question. We can get better elsewhere.
I am responding to the previous misinformed poster with the truth. The grievances at this school became so numerous as were the amount of concerned parents that it required an off campus meeting with a professional mediator tonight. Over 50% of the parents attended. The purpose of this "parents only" meeting was to discuss the issues at hand and to come up with proposed solutions for the administration. It was a successful, well run meeting and will hopefully contribute to the restoration of harmony.
I have been at this school for many years and have been very involved in participating my time and efforts in helping this school succeed for the sake of not only my children but of all the children. As a member of the "long time families" I have personally experienced the inablity of the "new" administration to adequately govern this school. There are safety, communication, and integrity issues just to name a few. Now that my children are being directly affected by the incompetence of the management, I will participate in restoring Saint Lukes back to exceptional school it once was last year. We are a strong community that cares how our children are being nurtured academically and spritually which is the foundation of who they will become.
Since August when a new administration took over the integrity of the school has been compromised. The reputation our school is building is one of such: 1. no overall vision for the school; 2. Low morale 3. inability to put in place and maintain academic programs; 4. Administration does not build relationships with the children or community at large 5. There is often not an administrative presence in the school 6. There is no productive communication 7. There are lots of yes conversations but no action. Saint Luke School needs leadership that can breathe life back into our classrooms and community.
Our family has been a part of Saint Luke School for many years. Until recently this has been an overwhelmingly positive school to raise your children. St. Luke has always been our home away from home with dedicated staff, friendly families, and amazing community. It had a supportive it takes a village to raise a child vibe. Fairfax County public schools are great schools so I at least don t send my children to SLS for academics alone I send them there for the community. Unfortunately that old St. Luke, that many worked hard to build up to be the phenomenal school it was, has been destroyed in 4 months time. We were assigned a new principal by our also newly appointed pastor. Our new principal hails from Thea Bowman charter school in Washington DC. Don t bother going there or looking it up because it has been shut down (but there are many blogs written about it, so Google it). Despite my better judgment I gave him the benefit of the doubt and listened as he said those complaints against himself were from one aggravated parent who was posing as many. BIG mistake on my part!
I am currently attending middle school at St. Lukes. Everyone here is so friendly, including the teachers. I used to go to Our Lady of Good Counsel, but of course had to move and transfer. I am glad that I did transfer because the minute I stepped into the classroom everybody, including the boys, greeted me kindly and played with me at recess. It made me feel at home! I had the best first day I could ever wish for and the teachers were great! My homeroom teacher is also very fun, she breaks everything down for you so you can understand it better. Although we do not have some rooms other schools have, this school is VERY cozy. Its been here for 50 years and there are lots of legacies here. In my old school, I barely had any friends. Even in elementary school there were cliques! I never fit in and the only friend I had were my older brother's. St. Luke School offers a variety of activities, for instance, when I was in 3rd grade my classmates and I were on 'Good Morning, America!' for All Saints Day. If your child does not like being on TV it's perfectly understandable because you will always have a choice. The staff is truly WONDERFUL! Consider St. Lukes!
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