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Did I read this right....the task force says to hold off, but the WWSD is forging ahead anyway? Why have a task force if you aren't going to listen.
I've been hearing all sorts of wonderful things about the Sweets Volleyball program from parents and people in the community. My grandaughter will be 12 next year she wants to be part of their program. It's nice to see such wonderful and positive programs for female athletes in our community - and one that is clearly competitive! Good job.
Is it really important to let the readers know that a young boy lost his life over improper restraining the day of the accident?
Sure, I understand you want to teach people about restraining your child properly - but how insensitive.
Isn't it bad enough that the little boy died, but to call out the family in the paper so close to the accident is just plain thoughtless. Come on UB and Hearld, have a little tact. Shame on you.
God bless this family.
Beth, you have done a wonderful job and our families and community are blessed by the wonderful projects you take on and help.
Best of luck to you and your family.
A law is a law. Nope not a city coucil or state employee - no thanks not interested in a job in politics. What I am interested in is showing children and adults that rules are made and meant to be followed and if you don't follow them then there is a consequences. The court has already ruled on this case. He needs to pay his fine - it's the consequence. If we remove the fine then all then what is that really teaching? And as for children - I have several who are in grade school, middle school and high school.
I read the letter to the editor by Max Berg and have followed the conversations. Perhaps someone needs to look at the schools that are being mentioned. Perhaps talk to the parents who have written letters and complaints about a certain student(s) that have continued to be allowed to stay in the mainstream and are repeat offenders. Perhaps Mr. Thompson needs to personally meet with the parents who have filed reports. Actions speak lounder than words, let's do something proactive instead of being reactive.
I too believe in forgiveness, however, lessons are meant to be learned. Sorry disagree on this.
I agree Janrocks - however, then the District should not say they have all these policies in place to handle/stop it. Or…better yet, maybe they should call it "sweep it under the table bullying policy."
Actually Father of 5, most teachers in middle school and HS allow retakes and this is after they've done poorly on the FIRST test.
For instance, if they get a c or a d, they can retake the test. Some allow on B- as well. The grade they get on the re-take is the grade in the book. So, school report cards for the school are not the standardized tests, they are the "overall school grades of students." This re-take program is a district-wide program.
As for the languaget that Mr. Berg used regarding the Bond. I must admit I think that the WWSD needs to do some housekeeping before I'm too am willing to vote for a bond as well.
As for firsthand experience. I've personally been privvy to the do-nothing, slap on the wrist approach to kids that the WWSD takes. They do this big campaign that says they've hired Mark Thompson to head the anti-bullying campaign. What a joke. So, you fill out some paperwork and they stamp it. At our school one student has been called to the office countless times for kicking kids on they playground, pushing them down, puncing them in the stomach and nothing is done. Just a "we will handle it!" So, I'm with Mr. Berg, how long does this student get to stay in the mainstream and what does it take to get him expelled or punished?
For me, the WWSD has a tarnished reputation numerous times by not standing by their word and/or not doing what they say they are going to do. They are NOT trust-worthy (eventhough I like Mr. Miller).
I too have talked to several parents after this L to the E came out and I was appalled to the lack-there-of response regarding what they do.
Actions speak louder than words and their actions show me they don't care and choose to do nothing and close their eyes. I'm with Mr. Berg on this one. Thanks for speaking up, Mr. Berg, and bringing something into light that needs to be addressed.
When I start seeing the WWSD doing what they say they are going to do then I will see to it that I continue to invest into our institution. Until then, my vote will be NO. A new school will only help to give them something else to talk about and to continue to sweep this under the table.
I have to side with Mr. Berg and Wally World Guy. Having children attend Prospect Point and Garrison and Wa-Hi myself I too have witnessed countless incidents of bullying and nothing is done. I have also heard of similiar bullying issues at Berney. But, the most cases have come from Prospect Point and then at Wa-Hi.
As for scores and etc. that the Father of Five mentions - - well the scores are padded. Did you know that kids can now retake tests? So, the scores don't really reflect what the school is doing - it only reflects what the school is doing AFTER they get to retake tests. Wasn't that way in my day. While I can appreciate the fact that they allow a student to retake a test so that they can make sure they "learn" it, the test scores that the district shows are NOT a reflection of what the students are doing. And trust me, the straight A and Explorer kids are all doing it!
All in all, the letter from Mr. Berg is right on. The District "says" they are doing something to prevent it - but have gone through it as a teen and to watch children get bullied as an adult is unacceptable. They are NOT doing their job, I agree. They may "teach" but they are not following through with consequences. So essentially it's "do as I say" but not as I do!
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