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We are getting ready for and are so excited for our daughter!!! She will be graduating on June 14th from Madison West!!!!
So many memories .. I keep thinking of her the first day of kindergarten. I told her I was going to pull that picture out for her graduation party.
She does not find that funny.
Madison West has just been such an awe some experience for her. They offer so much.
It has been such a strong, positive experience for her.
We are very proud of her. She worked very hard this year to get where she need to go , to reach the goals she has set.
As graduation has gotten closer . Even though we are no longer in Evansville. We have talked a lot about the two classmates that passed away from Evansville.
Two class mates that should have graduated with the Evansville Class of 2014 .
Our hearts break for their families as this must be a very difficult time.
They will continue to be in our thoughts and prays.
I will remind everyone that public schools put them selves in that place. IF schools including, Evansville were not graduating kids who can not read and write at grade level.
Clearly all schools have done it for years. Public schools have taken money from the government year after year without having to prove they are accomplishing any thing.
They are now being held accountable. Teacher’s are finally being held accountable. They do not like it .
What is the best way to measure success of our students? I am not sure there is one solid answer to that. But to do nothing is not an option.
One of the questions on the recent survey was about how you feel the Evansville School District does a good job communicating. I believe it also asked how you would want communication from the Evansville School District.?? I think it asked how, its been a while.
I was telling a friend that I have been absolutely shocked at how well Madison Schools communicate with parents compared to Evansville. When there is some thing they want us to know they email the information to us, put out a robo call with the information, and mail us a letter. They are doing their best to miss no one. Because sadly not everyone has a phone or internet connection. So they cover it all the way around. They try to miss no one.
I giggled when I first get the email, then robo call, then a day or two later a letter in the mail. But at least they are trying. The Evansville School District has done a poor job of even trying to communicate with parents.
One of the last things that happened while our son was going to McKenna Middle School was it was time for parent teacher conferences. I had no idea. Why? Because we had gotten nothing from them. When I asked about why I never got a letter I was told ” ______ is doing really well , we do not need to see you. ” I was stunned. What if I had questions and wanted to see them? Parents had no say in this ?
But the point being is I did not even know about parent teacher conferences because no letter came home , no email, no phone call.
Schools can not just trust kids to bring things home. They know better than that. They need to make more of an effort. It’s not a hard thing to do. They have just never felt the need to do it. The attitude seems to be the less parents know the better.
I am hoping with a new board members , to back up some of the board members who have tried to bring change. It will finally happen.
Recently while talking with one of the principals at Madison West I told them that I feel that my kids are as safe at Madison West as they ever were in Evansville.
Madison West High School is a school of over 4000 students, and my kids are as safe or safer than they were in Evansville.
Quite simply they are. Madison West and other Madison schools put a lot of time and money into security.
From the survey results we know people in Evansville would back security up dates.
What I do not understand is why so many adults/parents have such a hard time of understanding they have to check in at the office before walking any where in the school.
I absolutely hope that the Evansville School District does put in some sort of buzzer/security system so know one gets in to the schools with out some one knowing there is a non-staff/student person in the building. There are several other security issues they could implement that would not be that expensive .
Like locks on all classroom doors. When my son and daughter were going to J.C. Mckenna I was surprised to learn teachers could not even lock them selves in their own classroom’s if there was an emergency.
Security is so important I hope if this question ends up on the referendum the people of Evansville fully support it. How can you not?
I have only heard, wonderful positive things , and the kids did a fantastic job. It amazes me for the size of Evansville and truly how little Evansville has to offer.
How time after time they pull off and put on wonderful musicals. I have said for years that drama/theatre group/bands/art students are some of the most talented around Evansville.
It is the strongest pull to Evansville .
Congratulations to all who participated, and Congratulations to all who got to go. Who were lucky enough to get tickets.
A thank you to all who worked behind the scenes to make this possible.
SO NOW that Evansville has 4k we will all expect and are entitled to see GREAT things. Top of chart test scores, responsible, outgoing, social children.. Children graduating early because 4k has just given them that much of a boost.
Because you know 4K is going to save the world. O.K. maybe not the world, but the Evansville School District.
What a joke.
Thank you to Kelly Gildner as well for publishing that because it’s not to often anymore that she publishes letter to the editors. She is picky about the letters she publishes. So thank you to her.
This letter to the editor is from the Evansville Review the week of April 21st 2014