I have a granddaughter that attends Mill Pond and I am very active in her education process. This school is a very good school. Teachers and principal are dedicated to educating the students and keeping them safe. My granddaughter has attended two others school, one in Olympia and one in Yelm. Out of the 3 Mill Pond is the best. My granddaughter has some special needs and they are all met. When I read the reviews I am shocked at some of the comments. I frequent this school and volunteer and I can assure anyone that Mill Pond is a great school to be educated at. The principal, the counselor, the teachers and the support staff work hard for our students. If you have a student at Mill Pond you are very lucky.
Mill Pond has been a positive environment for my kids. I would like to see more parrent involvement, but as a single working mother I understand it can be difficult. No school is perfect and unfortunately I think bureacracy has played a big role in 'tying' people's hands to just do what our teachers want to do. Teach our children!!! Be role models not parent our kids. It is a tough road for administrators, staff and students. I think Mill Pond staff try to find a reasonable balance. The one negative that I experiencing right is the complete lockdown of the building. I do not agree with the fact that children are unable to get back into the building quickly during recesses. Bad things can come on to the playground very easily and would put children outside at risk. Thank you Mill Pond for always trying to do what is best for all the kids.
Mill Pond Elementary has been in session for 7 years and is under the second principal. It has had many ups and down since it was converted to an elementary from a grade 5 & 6 intermediate school. It started with 200 students more than was planned but now is at a reasonable population. It was a combination of three schools and a lot of parents weren't happy leaving their school. The first principal came from a MS setting and no experience with lower grades but did a great job. The 2nd principal came to MP in the middle of a lot of staff changes and not always happy ones. It has been rough start but is now thriving and recently won a State Academic Achievement Award. The two principals have different working ways but both have students education put first. I would like to say that we have 100 % parent satisfaction but that isn't the case and the small % is what usually writes the negative comments. I have worked for Yelm SD for 30 years and for 8 principals; all have always had Yelm students and their education success as a top priority. I was shocked to see some of the comments and can assure you that all of the story is not stated.
The principal is ridiculous. She talks down to you as if you are beneath her. She could benefit from a communications course. In the first 2 weeks my child was there she was punched in the face and another incident happened to my child. My child reported it to the monitors who did nothing and I found out when my child came home. I also seen a kid walk off school grounds during recess as we live by the school and no one seemed to notice! Shall I go on???? And that was only in the first 2 weeks! All of her work she brought home in those 2 weeks were coloring sheets. Needless to say we pulled her out and it was the best educational and social move we made for her.
Teachers are great. Very involved and caring. They go out of their way to make learning fun. Not sure how the principal still has a job.
Overall, this school is too small for the amount of students attending; the play area is more of a postage stamp and not a playground. But the biggest problem is the principal. This person does not actively monitor the bullying problem. I'm not sure if she does not want to make waves or if she does not receive the support to handle this annoying problem. signed/ A concerned parent
This is a great school! Over the past seven years I have had two children going through this school, as well as being a very active volunteer myself. I love the entire staff and believe they have made my children's elementary years very successful. I am upset at some of these reviews as I am extremely involved in all aspects of my children's education and can speak from extensive experience that this truly is a great school. I do think that it is not only very important for us a parents to be involved in our children's education, but also to understand that school is for teaching not raising our children, and when an issue arises we need to make sure that we are helping to be a solution and not just finger pointers. Which only shows our children how to avoid taking responsibility for our part in situations.
Millpond told me they didn't have the right program for my son and dis-enrolled him from school, refusing to allow him to return. Even when the district got involved, claiming that they knew for a fact that Millpond had the services, the Principal refused to provide them. This Principal clearly is not interested in supporting the special needs students. Her solution is to kick them out and not take accountability for them. Shame on you.
Not a good principal. The other staff is ok,but the Principal is something else. AWFUL.
Mill Pond USED to be a great school. Operative word being USED TO. The current principal brought all her friends over from another school, and it has become a joke. It is nothing like the amazing school that it was when Mr. Batstone was there. Kids are not allowed to be kids there, but expected to act like college students. Parents are only allowed to have input on their child's education if it favors the opinion of the principal and joke of a school psychologist. With their unfortunate inability to know the difference between autism and adhd, I'm not sure how this favors any student there. If you are on the principal's good side, she will treat you as though you are made of gold. However, once you disagree with her, she is not above yelling at you, including in your own home via phone call. I have pulled my kids from this school as it is not the great facility I once knew it to be. While some of the teachers there are absolutely wonderful and a blessing to know, overall, until some major changes are made in the administration department, Mill Pond will never be the great school it once was.
Mill Pond is a wonderful school! Our family loves this school - the staff and principal are so welcoming and helpful. They all work hard to what is best for all the students there. The Paw Pride is awesome and the monthly assemblies are great. We appreciate everyone there very much.
When Mr. Batstone was there is was a great school. Miss Overhauser is one of the best teacher there is. This was a great school a few years ago. Maybe the new principal has taken it in the wrong direction. It is better than you other choices in yelm
Sure, you don't really hear about bullying, but school is for learning and this school is the worst I've seen. Complaining will only get one answer. "We have done our researched" Really? Why is it not one of the top schools in WA then? I don't think I would even give this school a star. The principal is the worst. I don't think any of the teachers teach. Ask any student if they know how to write a proper book report and they wouldn't have a clue unless taught by their parents or has learn to do so from attending a different school. More than one teacher. No matter what grade they are in, students move to different classroom for reading and math so they don't build any real bond with the teacher they are assign to. This school should be focusing on building stability so that learning would be easier. School hours have changed. The sun will be down during the winter months before your child is home. Drop off and pick up is a nightmare. Main reason we are moving is because this school is the worst that my children have ever been to.
this is the best in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!! it has great fundraising and keeps its money straight. this is the best school ever
Mill Pond is a great school with caring, realistic staff and teachers. We have been very happy with the experiences our child has had there. The students at the school have an overall accepting and kind attitude towards each other. I have not seen problems with bullying, and I think it is a reflection of the community and in part the staff and teachers at the school. I would recommend Mill Pond as a good school to send your child.
After a wonderful 08-09 year we have been let down and disappointed so far this year. A different principal has proven to be unreliable and unprofessional at best. The support staff and teachers have maintained their standards under the changes. Don't expect much out of administration their concern to cover themselves instead of district policies shocked us.
This school is great my daughter loves it. The staff is very nice and they have a great learning system.
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