This is my daughters second year attending Morgan Middle School. During the two years she has attended she has been denied lunch three times! Two times when she had FREE lunch, once when she had reduced lunch! In attempting to get this resolved so my daughter won't be missing out on any further lunches, I have been met with nothing but indifference, defensiveness, and difficulty from the staff including the Principal and the Food Services Director. Their preference is to blame my daughter when it was clearly their fault she was DENIED her lunch. They take no responsibility. In particular there is an air of superiority and arrogance from staff towards parents with concerns. There is no way to get a fair and honest evaluation over anything at this school. I am headed to the Superintendent, and I do hope that he is above this whole superiority complex towards parents attitude you find among the everyday staff members and the principal at this school. This should be a district willing to work with the parents, one valuing their feedback and opinions, working together to solve problems like this. I am just at a loss for now. I hope to get better results with Superintendent.
Morgan Middle School is probably THE worst school in the Ellensburg District, hands down. WHile there is a new principal in the last two years, who has made some improvements, the quality of learning for students is below poor. This school is old, outdated and a horrible learning environment. The majority of the staff are stuck in their ways and just there to do a "job"... Our experience so far has been for two years, and I have nothing good to say about all but 2 staff members we have dealt with. Our child has failed to meet any grade level expectations. Teachers have not shown us that they care. Zero teacher feedback, except at report card time. The school has a cold and criminal feel about it, with a police officer stationed there year round. Parents are actually DISCOURAGED to volunteer at the school and in classrooms. If we had other options, we would pull our kids in a second.
I'm only a grandparent of a Morgan student, but I've been a school board member, member of a citizen's advisory group, and very active in my children's schools. Now I am hearing things about Morgan that force me to investigate what kind of education my grandchild is receiving. Lack of parental involvement and a few disinterested teachers seems to be dragging this school down. Is the principal aware of his school's problems and is the principal taking action to resolve those problems? Parents need to ask these questions and demand answers. These problems are basic. Morgan's WASL rankings are too low. Some of this may be due to teaching failures at the elementary level. If Morgan fails to answer the needs of these students now, what becomes of them in high school and college? Time for parents to become active and for teachers and the principal to do their jobs.
Ellensburg School District Administration leaves a lot to be desired. The administration will overlook administrative misconduct while, at the same time, dictating school policy to parents. They have a strange animosity towards learning disabled children cutting corners in special education costs where ever they can, but will readily fund atheletic and special events claiming all the time that they are always short of funds. If it were not for the teachers who refuse to let the children fail themselves, I would have moved from this area a long time ago. Many of the instructors are very involved in the success of the students while equally disgruntled about the lack of help from administration. The middle school is the only middle school this Ellensburg has to offer. The teachers are great. Secretaries are great. The leaders need replacing.
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