Magnet Schools in Jonesboro?
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Parent

Blytheville, AR

#21 Nov 12, 2009
Huey wrote:
If you truely have a problem with the amount of time students are given for lunch, then you should talk with the principal of the school.
Yeah, cause it's just that easy. Here's what the principal will say. "The school day is very structured and every possible measure has already been taken for the children to have as much time as possible to eat. But when you have X amount of time and X amount of students corners have to be cut somewhere. Blah blah blah."

Most schools are more worried about test scores and funding than the actual students.
Huey

United States

#22 Nov 12, 2009
Well, here's the real deal. The state requires that students spend X amount of time working on each subject. The district sets the school hours and the principal makes a schedule for their particular school. Our students at our school have 30 minutes for lunch and recess. This time includes standing in line. We also allow students to bring a healthy snack to eat in one of their morning classes. I would think that other schools might be open to this if they were approached in an appropriate way.
food for thought

Lake Charles, LA

#23 Nov 14, 2009
Here's a little bit of information you might want to know about the Jonesboro magnet schools. All of the Jonesboro magnet schools are currently on the state school improvement list, which means they are scoring below the state levels on the Benchmark exam and the SAT (which measures a student's proficiency). The Jonesboro magnet schools also were THE lowest scoring district out of of all the districts in Craighead County. If I were a parent or defender of the magnet schools, I would do less bashing of other districts and channel my energy into finding out what the heck is going wrong in the magnet schools.
guest

United States

#24 Nov 14, 2009
food for thought wrote:
Here's a little bit of information you might want to know about the Jonesboro magnet schools. All of the Jonesboro magnet schools are currently on the state school improvement list, which means they are scoring below the state levels on the Benchmark exam and the SAT (which measures a student's proficiency). The Jonesboro magnet schools also were THE lowest scoring district out of of all the districts in Craighead County. If I were a parent or defender of the magnet schools, I would do less bashing of other districts and channel my energy into finding out what the heck is going wrong in the magnet schools.
So are you saying that Jonesboro magnet schools are on the school are in "school improvement?" If so, what year of "school improvement" are they in? What is their targeted area and what subgroup are they suppose to be working with in order to bring up their scores? If they are not in "school improvement" and are just on a list, they are joined by many other schools. And there will be additional schools added to that list as their subgroups grow. There are many subgroups. It can be boys, girls, white boys, white girls, black boys, black girls, hispanic boys, hispanic girls,(and any other ethnic group), gifted and talented, special ed., resource, free and reduced lunch. Each particular group of students has to make a certain percentage of gain each year. When they do not, then they are tracked more closely by the state. After a couple of years, if not enough gains are made, then a school is put on "alert." Are any of Jonesboro schools on alert? Next, if no gains are made, the school is in "school improvement, year one." Then, "school improvement year two." Next, if no gains are made, the state comes in.

Someone please correct me if some of the steps are wrong. But, my point is, where are you saying Jonesboro lies in all of this? Are you the person that is pissed off because there was a picture of a kid making salsa in the paper?
I have a problem

United States

#25 Nov 14, 2009
I do have a problem with the amount of time allowed for lunches in elementary school. I was recently a lunch guest of my grandson at his school in honor of Grandparents Day. It was a wonderful and much appreciated gesture, but since they were serving approximately two grandparents per student there were about three times as many people trying to be served in the same amount of time usually allowed for just the students. It was total chaos and many of the grandparents were left finishing their lunches alone after the children had were told to get in line to go back to their class room after only having two bites of food due to the larger number of people being served and the extra amount of time that took.

I loved spending that little bit of time with my grandson and he was SO proud that we came, but I felt guilty because he only had time to eat one chicken strip and I knew that our being there cut into the time the children have to eat a nutritious, balanced meal!
mom

Russellville, AR

#26 Nov 14, 2009
schoolkid wrote:
The lunches are almost criminal. Even adults get 30 min for lunch at work, and we get to bring a snack for break time. Now kids aren't allowed to do that, even. Has it occured to the state that our kids are fat because they don't get to PLAY and burn calories? Teaching them to shove food in their mouths as fast as possible or risk starving for five more hours is teaching them harmful habits. No wonder test scores are down. When that blood sugar drops, who can concentrate on anything?
I absolutely agree! This is a problem in all districts! Most students get 30-40 minutes for lunh which includes standing in line, eating, and a recess. It is ridiculous! So basically 10-15 minutes to eat! Whih may be fine for older kids but try eating with kindergarteners or younger elementary kids. They barely get to eat anything. This isn't a district problem it is something that needs to be addressed with the State Dept of Education. I don't know what the regulations are--besides cutting out recesses! As you can see this issue upsets me not only as a parent but as a teacher as well. I do let my students bring a snack. I know they get hungry. They just cannot bring candy.
valley view

Lake Charles, LA

#27 Nov 14, 2009
valley view all the way! Jonesboro blows!!!
food for thought

Lake Charles, LA

#28 Nov 15, 2009
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
So are you saying that Jonesboro magnet schools are on the school are in "school improvement?" If so, what year of "school improvement" are they in? What is their targeted area and what subgroup are they suppose to be working with in order to bring up their scores? If they are not in "school improvement" and are just on a list, they are joined by many other schools. And there will be additional schools added to that list as their subgroups grow. There are many subgroups. It can be boys, girls, white boys, white girls, black boys, black girls, hispanic boys, hispanic girls,(and any other ethnic group), gifted and talented, special ed., resource, free and reduced lunch. Each particular group of students has to make a certain percentage of gain each year. When they do not, then they are tracked more closely by the state. After a couple of years, if not enough gains are made, then a school is put on "alert." Are any of Jonesboro schools on alert? Next, if no gains are made, the school is in "school improvement, year one." Then, "school improvement year two." Next, if no gains are made, the state comes in.
Someone please correct me if some of the steps are wrong. But, my point is, where are you saying Jonesboro lies in all of this? Are you the person that is pissed off because there was a picture of a kid making salsa in the paper?
the link below is the information you need. it's from the state's website. just looked it up. all schools in the jonesboro district (from kindergarten through high school) are either on alert or worse. and the comment about a picture of a kid making salsa in the paper, never saw it, but maybe that's one of the reasons why there's a problem.

http://arkansased.org/nclb/pdf/ayp_si_08-09_1...
guest

United States

#29 Nov 16, 2009
Look down the list a little at Nettleton. They are in the same boat as Jonesboro.
peehole

Russellville, AR

#30 Nov 16, 2009
aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww shucks you just got owned
Billy Bob

United States

#31 Nov 17, 2009
Did you ever stop to think that it could be the "type", "caliber" or "quality" of the students they are trying to teach. It seem that they get most of the bottom tier students. You can't teach those who are incapable of being taught or those who refuse to try with no efforts. You can only polish a turd so much and it is still a turd.Most are a bunch of yard apes that need discipline. Their parent won't correct them and they get mad if someone elses does.
food for thought wrote:
Here's a little bit of information you might want to know about the Jonesboro magnet schools. All of the Jonesboro magnet schools are currently on the state school improvement list, which means they are scoring below the state levels on the Benchmark exam and the SAT (which measures a student's proficiency). The Jonesboro magnet schools also were THE lowest scoring district out of of all the districts in Craighead County. If I were a parent or defender of the magnet schools, I would do less bashing of other districts and channel my energy into finding out what the heck is going wrong in the magnet schools.
Huey

United States

#32 Nov 17, 2009
Billy Bob wrote:
Did you ever stop to think that it could be the "type", "caliber" or "quality" of the students they are trying to teach. It seem that they get most of the bottom tier students. You can't teach those who are incapable of being taught or those who refuse to try with no efforts. You can only polish a turd so much and it is still a turd.Most are a bunch of yard apes that need
discipline. Their parent won't correct them and they get mad if someone elses does.
<quoted text>
You have some excellent points. There are those students that don't want to learn and then there are those who can't learn or go on as quickly as the other students. There are many kids that have moved atround so much that they are missing some basics and therefor are not on grade level. There are also, believe it or not, kids that could receive extra help but their parents will not allow it. These type of scenerios are reflcted in low scores. But of course, some people just want to lay all of the blame on the school.
Guest

United States

#33 Nov 17, 2009
valley view wrote:
valley view all the way! Jonesboro blows!!!
Red neck school. Valley View's best students would be in the middle of the pack of Jonesboro's best. They would never want to compete head to head in academics, athletics, or fine arts.
Guest

Fisher, AR

#34 Nov 17, 2009
Guest wrote:
<quoted text> Red neck school. Valley View's best students would be in the middle of the pack of Jonesboro's best. They would never want to compete head to head in academics, athletics, or fine arts.
The fact is that Valley View does not want their "dimmest" students to take the exam. That is why they tell them to miss on test days and make up days. They have to pad that score however they can. Valley View is biggest bunch of snotty, uppity, better-than-you folks I have ever seen. They want to not accept Weiner into their school system; Weiner would be raising their wealth index, and possibly academics.
Guest

Gravette, AR

#35 Nov 12, 2011
food for thought wrote:
Here's a little bit of information you might want to know about the Jonesboro magnet schools. All of the Jonesboro magnet schools are currently on the state school improvement list, which means they are scoring below the state levels on the Benchmark exam and the SAT (which measures a student's proficiency). The Jonesboro magnet schools also were THE lowest scoring district out of of all the districts in Craighead County. If I were a parent or defender of the magnet schools, I would do less bashing of other districts and channel my energy into finding out what the heck is going wrong in the magnet schools.
Well, I'm a little late in replying to all of this... But FYI your information is inaccurate. Some of the schools are in school improvement, however not ALL. Get your facts straight.

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