All the answers below are good insight. I attended Western Middle School and Greenwich High and thought the large scale and motto of the highschool of "freedom with responsibility" really prepared me for college. The large classes and diversity force you to learn how to interact with all types of people, a trait that is dwindling with cell phone advances. Hope this helps!... more
don't waist your time going to the administration at Cloonan or other offices at a higher level for family support. The school hands platitudes for anyone that speaks up for issues with poor teaching habits of the teachers, the lack of offers for projects that my offer extra credit and they don't let the kids take their books or note books home to study from to succeed. And they verbally slam parents who push to get some support when noted on a progress report that the child is not doing as well. We went to them when my child got a D on a progress report. My statement is why was this the first I heard that my child wasn't doing well. The teacher's exact answer was, "I am busy." I said, "Excuse me." The teacher then responded, "I have a lot of paperwork." The teacher then said, "I have a lot of kids and teach 4 classes a day." There was no specific statements on what exactly had been done or what could be done to improve. And even with a request of some kind of extra credit project to be offered to help improve the grade, the answer was, "No", within the quarter. The teacher doesn't talk to the kids that are right in front of them. I asked that I be given a call on any day where my child wasn't doing well. The only day the teacher gave me a call was to say my child was getting a bad grade for the day because my child didn't participate for that day. My child didn't participate that day because my child had been out sick throwing up and had a doctor's note to not participate that day in Gym. The administration knew it, the nurse knew it, the office ladies knew it and my child knew it. The teacher said, "Know one told me." I said, "why didn't you ask the child right in front of you?" The teacher responded, "I have too many children and teach 4 classes a day." I asked how many children are sitting out in a given class such that there would be too many of them to go over to and ask why they weren't participating for that day?" He took the question literally and said, "That is none of your business." I commented that even if there is a big class, there is not likely more than a few kids. And how many parents have come forward besides me such that if you see my child sitting out that you wouldn't take a minute to ask why my child is sitting on the side lines for that day." I have continued to pursue getting the extra credit item, e.g report, TA for say 5 classes, project, etc. One Administrator said, "In my 27 years.... I have not done that and I am not going to do that now". The school has latched on to the fact that I am very angry at this point that this is the norm of how the success of the children is looked after at Cloonan and have made it clear they intend to do nothing and would I be nice and go away.
These kinds of things are why the success is low. Because the Administration's policies. And they don't teach formal grammer at the middle school. They don't have spelling lists to regularly test. The English teacher has the kids take notes in the class and is proud of the boxes in the class that the kids keep them in because the kids are not allowed to take the note books home from which to study. The kids aren't allowed to take most of their school books home to study from either. The administrations justification was that they don't allow the students to take the books home because they don't return them. The majority of studying is done at home for most kids that succeed. This is crazy and their is much more stuff that I could list.
A bully tackled my child. The bully's locker was near my child's and the friend. No other kids were in the hallway. My child and a friend were on their knees by their locker getting ready to go home. The bully dropped his books on the floor in front of his locker and they fell on his feet. He smiled. My child and the friend smiled and my child and the friend laughed. The bully reached the few lockers over and slammed the lockers of my child and the friend. Their fingers would have been slammed in the lockers if they didn't quickly take them out. My child reached over to strew the bully's books across the floor. The bully then full on tackled my child. My child did what we as grown ups always tell them to do. Get yourself to a safe place and tell someone. My child got up walked away and took a picture of the bully. Then my child posted it on social media so people would know this person was a bully. Because my child posted it on the social media and didn't use the best words, the Cloonan administration assumed that my child acted like a bully and handled it according to that. My child has never been in trouble, has decent grades, participates among other things. So why didn't the administration ask why instead of proceeding to bully label. The administration didn't even look into the situation before proceeding in that manner with my child. It wasn't until the meeting with us that they even knew about the tackling, et... more
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