I am a parent with a child in the Stamford Middle School, Cloonan. It has been a horrible experience. I even went to give a review on the School's web site. But I found that it would be reviewed and approved by the school's very administration about which I intended to have something to say. This school sees no purpose to teach grammer or spelling as an explicit part of their learning. This alone causes many issues with children's language, writing and communication skills.
My child has been at Cloonan for going on two years now. My first encounters with the school were something for me to unpleasantly remember. Within the first weeks, my child asked me to carry her project to class for her. She had a neon green poster board, glue sticks and glitter. We entered the school, I signed in as expected. There was no security presence near the front of the school, while it was wide open to anyone entering the building. I didn't take a tag because there were none available.
When I reached the other side of the school two classes away from dropping off my child's project to the designated class room, I was approached by two security guards. They informed me that I had to go all the way back to the front of the school to sign in and take a tag. I explained that the class room that I was taking my child's project to was only two doors away. They kept saying this out loud. They even threatened to have me arrested.
All I could think was the class is two doors away, let me just drop it off. I was also thinking, who is protecting the front of the school as there was no security presence anywhere near that area. All teachers were still in the hallway where we were. The students were all still in the hallway.
They realized that arresting me for taking my child's project to her class would not be such a good idea. So they called the Principal. Shortly thereafter a very large angry man came trouncing down the hallway. When he was about half a hallway away, he yelled out to me that I was to follow school policy. He continued to come forward at a heavy fast pace.
I told him that I had signed in and there were no tags. The only ones that didn't do their job were the security personnel. The security guards said out loud that I didn't sign in or take a tag. As it turns out, they didn't see that I signed in because no one had changed the sheet from the Friday's date to Monday. So I signed in on the Friday's sheet without knowing it.
At this point there were now the Principal, Assistant Principal, the two security guards, the associate principal in training, among others going off on me. No professional behavior came on the part of any of the school administrations part.
Not one person said, "Let me take it to the class for you". Not one person said, “Let me escort you to drop it off” Not one person asked what was happening at all. There was only verbally yelling at me.
They didn't care about the security of the school. There was no security presence at the entrance to the school. And they would rather be on the other side of the school verbally accosting a parent with a neon poster board for the child's project while taking it to the classroom. And all of this where I signed in even though there was no security presence at all.
At that point, all I could think is how these guys became School administrators in the first place. At the end of the day, when I picked my child up, the first thing my child asked was had I been arrested.
Another experience in the first year of us being there, the Assistant Principal had brought pizza that was left to the auditorium for the cast of the play rehearsing. My child was helping out behind the scenes on this play. The next day, I thought it would be nice to give the cast pizza. I ordered the pizza with the assistant offering her discount and saying to call the pizza place she gets hers. So I did that. Within minutes of the pizza arriving, The Janitor, Play director, Assistant Principal, Associate Principal in training, the two office ladies, etc. were in the office for all to see yelling at one another for more than 45 minutes.
These were two of our first encounters with the lack of appropriate security presence, poor professionalism of the administration; and it was in the first weeks of our being at the school. This kind of handling of families and students continued regularly throughout the first year and now worse well into the second year more regarding lack of student school performance support. Not only that but the administration down right making it clear that they intend to do nothing to support the child's success, except platitudes given to appear to have done something.
We don't at this point have an option. But I wouldn't recommend anyone come to this school.