Open Discussions about Graves County Schools and City Schools

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Concerned

Paducah, KY

#1 Jul 27, 2009
I would like to start a friendly open discussion concerning our local school system. Every day we see changes and some are good and some make it hard on parents/grandparents or others who have children in school. Next week our schools start for the new year and I would like to read what you all have to say about any subject you are concerned with. I really do not think the parents have enough say in what goes on with the kids.
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#2 Jul 27, 2009
one concern that comes to mind is the awards that are given for those who do not miss one day during the year but those who may have been ill and still made straight A's are not honored as highly. I think this is very unfair and a slap in the face to the child. I saw this happen at the end of the 2009 year at the county school. The ones who did not miss and made, in some cases,lower grades received ribbons and metals while the ones with straight A's that had missed a few days due to illness during the year received a tiny round chunk of wood which was embarrassing.
hot tamale

Bossier City, LA

#3 Jul 27, 2009
its nice to see a caring soul on this forum wanting to solve/discuss things in a friendly manner.i am guilty of being an ass myself.

anyway-this is wonderful!lets keep this thread atop school bells will be ringing soon!i dont wanna start the discussion,but i want someone too,i tend to be abrasive sometimes even tho i really dont mean to be so someone start talking about our kids !:)
wonderful subject!
**bump**
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#4 Jul 27, 2009
Did any of you see the write up about a Paducah school that will be offering each student a nice laptop for home use. They are not giving them to the student but the student can use it all year. Very nice thing to do.
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#5 Jul 27, 2009
How and who makes the rules and changes within our school system? I have to admit that I am dumb as an ox about such things so all I know to do is ask other parents. Do we have any rights anymore if we want our children to have or not have something at school? Example would be snack machines with something decent in them. They charge an arm and a leg for what they do have and it is not very filling for active kids.
former tenant

College Station, TX

#6 Jul 27, 2009
I would like to state a problem I had when my children were going to the Mayfield Middle School. When my daughter entered 6th grade, she was only 10 years old. She turned 11 in September of that year. In order for me to hold a full time job, I either had to trust my daughter and the whole town by letting her walk to school or find a job interfering with hours I could be home to take care of my kids. Well, there was no way I was letting my young child walk that far by themselves. Crazy!! The Mayfield city school system does not provide busses once the child is out of elementary school. This is ridiculous. We pay the taxes and should have the right to put our children on a bus no matter what their age is. Could you imagine letting your 10/11 year old child walk to school by theirself. I understand that many older people did this when they were kids and walked much further. But, let's get real. Things have changed and it is not safe to let your children walk 1 or 2 blocks from your home, let alone clear across town. However, they can take our tax dollars and provide free lunch to everyone in school...no matter what the income for the household is. What is wrong with these people. Oh, and don't say you can drive your kid to school. What if you don't have a car or the only vehicle your family owns is needed for the other parent to go to work? And on top of this, they don't even employ crossing guards for the walk to the middle school. Just plain stupid endangering our children like this.
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#7 Jul 27, 2009
Bathroom breaks....this just happenes to be a sore subject to me. I know that some kids say they need to go when they are just wanting to goof off but I for one can't stand for a child to ask to go to the restroom and a teacher tell them they must wait. When you got to go you got to go and that would apply to children and adults.Last year my child ask to go and really had to go and the silly teacher refused to let them and made a comment about how they should have went during break which was righ after lunch. Didn't need to go then but they did try and it was pointless.An hour later they really had to go and almost had an accident because of the teachers stupid idea that a child can control this body function. Teachers should be made to hold it as well and see how it feels.
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#8 Jul 27, 2009
Lunches....terrible for the most part because they are small portions and active kids are starving by the time they get home. A person can expect them to need a snack by that time but last year my kids were hungry as bears when they got home and could easily eat a full meal. The schools feel that they are doing great by serving limited portions of the food groups but lets face it many of the things served are wasted because the kids will not eat it so they are paying for things they won't eat plus they are still hungry when they return to class. They are not allowed to choose what they will eat and at least have a full tummy. I think the kids need better food and more choices since the parents are paying for a meal at school. So what if they don't like green beans or broccoli. I am an adult and I won't eat it either and wouldn't order it at a place where I buy a meal. It would be much better to give them two helpings of mac and cheese than it would to put something on their plate that they hate and therefore stay hungry the rest of the day.
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#9 Jul 27, 2009
former tenant wrote:
I would like to state a problem I had when my children were going to the Mayfield Middle School. When my daughter entered 6th grade, she was only 10 years old. She turned 11 in September of that year. In order for me to hold a full time job, I either had to trust my daughter and the whole town by letting her walk to school or find a job interfering with hours I could be home to take care of my kids. Well, there was no way I was letting my young child walk that far by themselves. Crazy!! The Mayfield city school system does not provide busses once the child is out of elementary school. This is ridiculous. We pay the taxes and should have the right to put our children on a bus no matter what their age is. Could you imagine letting your 10/11 year old child walk to school by theirself. I understand that many older people did this when they were kids and walked much further. But, let's get real. Things have changed and it is not safe to let your children walk 1 or 2 blocks from your home, let alone clear across town. However, they can take our tax dollars and provide free lunch to everyone in school...no matter what the income for the household is. What is wrong with these people. Oh, and don't say you can drive your kid to school. What if you don't have a car or the only vehicle your family owns is needed for the other parent to go to work? And on top of this, they don't even employ crossing guards for the walk to the middle school. Just plain stupid endangering our children like this.
I will agree 100%. All schools should provide safe transportation to and from school. City or County. Everyone seems so concerned with the kids being safe but yet the schools fail them badly in this area. All parents in this situation should get together and demand this together. POWER TO THE PARENTS!
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#10 Jul 27, 2009
Why do schools constantly send home those high priced sale catalogs that people simply can't afford to buy from when the same thing is at least half the cost or less at any store in town? Schools get funds from the state don't they? Why do they put parents through this torment every year? The kids might get a pair of sunglasses with a cheap radio in them for selling a million boxes of something but heck those are cheaper at the dollar store than what we go through with the child wanting us to buy from the catalog so they can get the dumb thing. Every year this is a pain in the rear.
Concerned

Paducah, KY

#11 Jul 27, 2009
Do any of you feel that the parents do not have enough say so when it comes to your kids and what the schools require of them? What about home work? So many parents are working now that quality time with the kids is more limited than ever so should we spend it fussing over home work or talking with our kids about family matters and personal things? I say this is our family time to be with our kids and when that bell rings at 3:00 or 2:30,for some kids, the rest of the day is ours and does not belong to the teachers or the school. After all, they have been there most of the day not including prep time and travel. I don't bring my job home with me so why should my kids?
Lori

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

#12 Jul 27, 2009
My biggest beef with Mayfield school system is the lack of a little league basketball program. I went to a girls game last year and was utterly appaled to see a 5th grader playing against a 3rd grader. Toss in the fact that one of the girls was playing in cheap plastic CROCKS!!! Shouldn't the game be taken seriously enough that they be required to at least wear gym shoes? Graves County has a decent little league program. It's far from perfect, but at least they have rules and REAL uniforms - not some ghetto ass hand me down shit from the high school that is 67 sizes to big. It's pathetic. I know at least one parent has been offering to spearhead the program but can't get any support from the administration.

And yes, there is no way in hell my daughter will walk to the middle school. I walked to Longfellow when I was a kid, but that was 30 years ago. It is not safe for kids now. To many creeps and freaks on the streets for my tastes.
crazzzzzmomma

Mayfield, KY

#13 Jul 28, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Do any of you feel that the parents do not have enough say so when it comes to your kids and what the schools require of them? What about home work? So many parents are working now that quality time with the kids is more limited than ever so should we spend it fussing over home work or talking with our kids about family matters and personal things? I say this is our family time to be with our kids and when that bell rings at 3:00 or 2:30,for some

kids, the rest of the day is ours and does not belong to the teachers or the school. After all, they have been there most of the day not including prep time and travel. I don't bring my job home with me so why should my kids?
I agree 100% and then some!! If a kid does not learn it in 8 hours of school they won't learn it...instead you will have one stressed out, over worked kid with no time to be a child. Until 7th grade the only home work should be allowed would be for getting ready for a test!!!
Graves

Mount Sherman, KY

#16 Jul 31, 2009
crazzzzzmomma wrote:
<quoted text> I agree 100% and then some!! If a kid does not learn it in 8 hours of school they won't learn it...instead you will have one stressed out, over worked kid with no time to be a child. Until 7th grade the only home work should be allowed would be for getting ready for a test!!!
While I agree that the schools do tend to pile on too much homework, this idea is just unrealistic. A child that has never been exposed to homework in the first half of their education is going to rebel against it suddenly being applied in the 7th grade. They'll argue, "I didn't have to do this before, so why now?" Then parents will have an even bigger fight on their hands.
hellraiser

Hickory, KY

#17 Feb 17, 2010
Im a mother of 3 boys..my first child graduated with honors. my second child was terrible in school even gotten kicked out and thrown in a juvinel detention, and my youngest thats still in school, well the teachers are very mean to him..they call him by his brothers name and treat him like they had treated his brother, pure hell..It doesnt matter what he does, hes always wrong and spends his time in ASD, OR ISD.this is so unfair to him
I think if the teachers dont have no more rspect to the students that they need to find another job..you just wonder why all these students has problems in life cause the ones that teaches them are giving them good examples.
and as far as the trudency goes, why do yall tend to punish the parents by sending them to court when the kids are the ones that needs to be punished..i never understood that one..Graves County or any school really suxs now cause noone really cares anymore about these students...and its bad to know that the parents cant defend them in any way..school systems thinks that they are so important to choose who they can abuse or not abuse in there..the kids needs to speak up more about there feelings but you cant do that unless they have you thrown out of school or better yet arrested..
eicko

Owensboro, KY

#18 Feb 17, 2010
hellraiser wrote:
Im a mother of 3 boys..my first child graduated with honors. my second child was terrible in school even gotten kicked out and thrown in a juvinel detention, and my youngest thats still in school, well the teachers are very mean to him..they call him by his brothers name and treat him like they had treated his brother, pure hell..It doesnt matter what he does, hes always wrong and spends his time in ASD, OR ISD.this is so unfair to him
I think if the teachers dont have no more rspect to the students that they need to find another job..you just wonder why all these students has problems in life cause the ones that teaches them are giving them good examples.
and as far as the trudency goes, why do yall tend to punish the parents by sending them to court when the kids are the ones that needs to be punished..i never understood that one..Graves County or any school really suxs now cause noone really cares anymore about these students...and its bad to know that the parents cant defend them in any way..school systems thinks that they are so important to choose who they can abuse or not abuse in there..the kids needs to speak up more about there feelings but you cant do that unless they have you thrown out of school or better yet arrested..
Maybe they are trying to teach the kids that you are a direct result of your decisions. Have you witnessed your kid being mistreated? I believe the problem lies within the walls of your home. It's the student that is supposed to have respect for the teacher. It's the teacher that does not have to put with some know-it-all kid who disrupts her class and prevents the other kids from learning. YOU, the parent, are responsible for your kid's attendance, period. When I got my butt in trouble at school, my parents did not come home and ask me if I did it. They asked me WHY I did it. Then I paid a price (and a whipping was not always the price, but sometimes I wished that it had been). I agree that the kids have rights. They have the right to do what they are told, when they are told. Then they have the right to decide to do it or not. This is where the results of one's decisions come. Quit making excuses for your kid. By the way, I have two grown and two still in school. They know from the start that anything they get themselves in to, they will get themselves out of, because that's how life works. Stop being your child's enabler!!!!!!!!!!
parent

Clifty, KY

#19 Feb 17, 2010
Concerned wrote:
Bathroom breaks....this just happenes to be a sore subject to me. I know that some kids say they need to go when they are just wanting to goof off but I for one can't stand for a child to ask to go to the restroom and a teacher tell them they must wait. When you got to go you got to go and that would apply to children and adults.Last year my child ask to go and really had to go and the silly teacher refused to let them and made a comment about how they should have went during break which was righ after lunch. Didn't need to go then but they did try and it was pointless.An hour later they really had to go and almost had an accident because of the teachers stupid idea that a child can control this body function. Teachers should be made to hold it as well and see how it feels.
My daughter has been instructed by me to ask permission to go to the bathroom and if she is denied and really needs to go, to go anyway and then call me if she gets in trouble. It is ridiculous for a teacher to think they can judge a childs need to use the bathroom. If it becomes a habit for a child to ask to go the bathroom in every class or every day then that should be addressed on a case by case basis.

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