Leominster works to spot trends in lo...

Leominster works to spot trends in loss of students to school choice - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 74 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 16, 2011, titled Leominster works to spot trends in loss of students to school choice - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Students will exercise the school-choice option as long as it's available, but officials should continue the effort to identify any trends among those who leave the district, Leominster High School Principal Tom Browne said last week.

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Harvard Guy

Gardner, MA

#62 Jan 19, 2011
AZCit wrote:
Amazing when I read these posts and see the incredible grammer. Spelling is horrific, Punctuation sometimes non existint. Capitalization bad. Guess todays generations with computers, and texting leave a lot to be desired. I note that my age does not allow me to be perfect now, but I try! If these parents are the ones showing their children reading, writing and 'arithmetic'(now known as math), we must wonder what the teachers have to look forward to with their students. Children today do not know geography and history? Guess this is the improvement in todays learning system.
It is incredible that this post criticizes punctuation and grammar and is riddled with errors. The poster must have retired to Arizona with Alzheimer's
honey

Fitchburg, MA

#63 Jan 19, 2011
i am happy that my nephew will go to a another school
that he be treated the right way.and he will get his high school diploma.so bey leominster "thank for helping him"good luck.
Hahaha

Gardner, MA

#64 Jan 19, 2011
honey wrote:
i am happy that my nephew will go to a another school
that he be treated the right way.and he will get his high school diploma.so bey leominster "thank for helping him"good luck.
Get back on your innertube and float back to whatever hellhole you came from.
example

Leominster, MA

#65 Jan 20, 2011
Not Oz wrote:
It doesn't help when the Mayor has been in office for 17 Years and doesn't appreciate education at all. Roof leaks, have a parade. MCAS scores in the dump, have a festival. Teachers fleeing the system, Have a Ladies Night Out.
The head of the School Committee and the person that decides the school budget is someone that barely graduated from High School. He will never make education a priority. If he can be "successful" without an education why can't everyone else?

Since: May 10

Sierra Vista, AZ

#66 Jan 21, 2011
Forgive me...Turned 70 yesterday! My typing may not be perfect either? Agree with your comment also.

Since: May 10

Sierra Vista, AZ

#67 Jan 22, 2011
Harvard Guy wrote:
<quoted text>It is incredible that this post criticizes punctuation and grammar and is riddled with errors. The poster must have retired to Arizona with Alzheimer's
Your 2 sentences don't look perfect?
Hurtfull

Leominster, MA

#68 Jan 22, 2011
Is it choice or is it that all of the local companies are running from the area and people are losing their jobs and forced to relocate? It's hard to keep your kid in the system when your house was just foreclosed on and you are forced to live with a sibling in another state.
Fitchburg Retiree

Gardner, MA

#69 Jan 22, 2011
AZCit wrote:
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Your 2 sentences don't look perfect?
You may want to put your glasses on, old timer. Additionally, the delay with the second post is a telltale sign of Alzheimer's and the aging process. There is a reason the retirement age is 66.

Since: May 10

Sierra Vista, AZ

#70 Jan 23, 2011
Fitchburg Retiree wrote:
<quoted text>You may want to put your glasses on, old timer. Additionally, the delay with the second post is a telltale sign of Alzheimer's and the aging process. There is a reason the retirement age is 66.
Sorry, but I have more to do than to read and reply to these posts every day! Just enjoy reading about the city I was born and raised in. Guess we all cannot be perfect!
Archie

Gardner, MA

#71 Jan 23, 2011
AZCit wrote:
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Sorry, but I have more to do than to read and reply to these posts every day! Just enjoy reading about the city I was born and raised in. Guess we all cannot be perfect!
You do read and reply to these posts everyday. Don't you remember?
Sara Q

Groton, MA

#72 Sep 24, 2011
Parent wrote:
I had thought about choicing out a few years ago until the LEAP program arrived. My children were finally given the education they deserved by highly qualified and motivated teachers. The program was such a success among students and parents and so what do they do? They change it. They took an excellent program at the middle school and tore it apart for know apparent reason. I gave it a chance this year but the quality is gone. That is the reason my three kids will be leaving next year.
LEAP also gives parents a false sense of "my child is gifted" when all it is is taking the top 5% of kids from a given class and putting them in the "gifted" class. Remember that these 5% are compared to their peers and if the same children were to go to another district with stronger academics they may or may not be considered so "gifted"
Sara Q

Groton, MA

#73 Sep 24, 2011
Justathought wrote:
After reading all of the comments and those of the principal in the article, I am somewhat mystified as to why the negativity surrounding this school district? It is a very odd system that has 1.6 million leaving the district but 1.1 million coming into the system. It really isn't that far off.
Secondly, please do not think that smaller schools mean fewer problems-----nor do i believe that smaller class size equals better learning. The teachers and administrators make the school-----any school. If you have a great teacher with 40 students, teaches with discipline, passion, and can relate to students--you will have success.
In any case, I am in favor of making logical, smart decisions that are best for individual students-----if Leominster is not right for you--go elsewhere----- but at least call the guidance office, shadow a student, and make an educated decision.
Research has shown time and time again that smaller class sizes do in fact translate into better learning - not an opinion...it's a fact. Does that mean that those in larger classes will fail? Of course not but given the choice a smaller class size is better for teachers and students.
former faculty

Greenville, NH

#74 Aug 11, 2014
I'm afraid that most of you are correct. Not only are necessary resources scarce, but the central office administration is dictatorial and gets rid of teachers that relate to the kids and vice versa. They cannot manage funds appropriately. They have nowhere near the needed experience to manage any sized school district and the superintendent manages as if he is to be protected like the leader of a third world country. This is no doubt due to his limited work schedule, as he vacations more th as n he works. And the school committee somehow views him as an asset and success. He's not. Clearly I'm not a happy ex employee but have more experience than just about everyone that was appointed or hired to work in the central office and the system is broken.
Sally p

Framingham, MA

#75 Aug 11, 2014
Isn't it fun and fit in the home of johhny Appleseed ,go Jtn go Jtn you go gurl

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