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PLP Mom MW2

Salisbury, NC

#667 Feb 23, 2010
Complete chaos...teachers are completely disrespected by students who face very few consequences by the administration. My son sits in a class in the Upper School where his teacher has been cussed at and completely disrepected by unruly students. Why are these students still attending PLP?
Replying Mom

Stanley, NC

#668 Feb 24, 2010
dd3_mom wrote:
not thrilled with the obnoxious fundraising calls that come in at 6pm during dinner. Note to board and fundraising committee: We scraped together over $1,000 to send our 2 kids on "field trips" so that they wouldn't feel left out. We have no discretionary money left for your buildings and larger projects. Maybe the school needs to tone down the "extras" they bully us into paying for if they want more than 15% of the parents to donate to the bigger causes. I would love to have money to contribute towards the larger objectives, but I also don't want my children to feel left behind on those big trips. When I have to decide, one over the other, I'm going to pay to send my children on the field trips and the fundraising efforts will have to be ignored. Sorry.
Don't feel "obligated" to send your PLP kids on the field trips, especially since you seem not to have even a token $1 to contribute to your child's gym and more parking spaces. Lots of us do not send our kids if our travel budgets are slim or if we prefer to use the budget on a family summer vacation. I have seen no "stigma" for not going on a field trip, as many kids who don't attend these trips are from affluent families who have already visited the destination locations. However, if you wish to provide an opportunity for your child to see these places, PLP offers these field trips as a cost effective and convenient option for families who wish to do so. Teaching your children that they can't always get what they want and the importance of budgeting and family priorities are also not bad lessons to learn early in life. A charter school is what the PARENTS make of it.
Replying Mom

Stanley, NC

#669 Feb 24, 2010
PLP Mom MW2 wrote:
Complete chaos...teachers are completely disrespected by students who face very few consequences by the administration. My son sits in a class in the Upper School where his teacher has been cussed at and completely disrepected by unruly students. Why are these students still attending PLP?
At least students at PLP don't have to be escorted to the rest rooms/trailers for their own safety, have to tolerate drug sniffing dogs, or face the potential of random drug screenings, like at other public high schools. I would not call PLP's US classrooms "complete chaos," and PLP can be quick to enact strong consequences to the few remaining rule breakers. PLP's US is not a good option if your child cannot manage the honors/AP only curriculum and respectful, responsible behavior. Last year, many US families didn't understand this, but over time these parents are moving their children to more appropriate settings, and PLP is improving.
davidson mom

Davidson, NC

#670 Feb 24, 2010
Wow - that was a bit on the mean side.... "since you seem not to have even a token $1 to contribute..." Nice attitude. Do you teach your kids to speak to others like this? How about a little compassion for those who simply feel differently than you??

As to the mom who is bugged by the high cost field trips - I get it and a lot of other parents do too. They understand that their kids want to go and can feel left out if they don't....
It is hard to balance what you can do and what you have to skip at the result of having upset children!
Replying Mom wrote:
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Don't feel "obligated" to send your PLP kids on the field trips, especially since you seem not to have even a token $1 to contribute to your child's gym and more parking spaces. Lots of us do not send our kids if our travel budgets are slim or if we prefer to use the budget on a family summer vacation. I have seen no "stigma" for not going on a field trip, as many kids who don't attend these trips are from affluent families who have already visited the destination locations. However, if you wish to provide an opportunity for your child to see these places, PLP offers these field trips as a cost effective and convenient option for families who wish to do so. Teaching your children that they can't always get what they want and the importance of budgeting and family priorities are also not bad lessons to learn early in life. A charter school is what the PARENTS make of it.
PLP Mom MW2

Salisbury, NC

#671 Feb 24, 2010
A few rule-breakers? Really? Is that what you believe? Just look on the faces of the US teachers...
PLP Mom MW2

Salisbury, NC

#672 Feb 27, 2010
Where, oh, where, has the administration gone...FIELD TRIP...gotta go...
Former customer

Mooresville, NC

#673 Mar 2, 2010
MomBluto wrote:
Just for my own info, can somebody tell what is the tuition fee of PLP?
It's free!! If you live on the peninsula or the wealthier areas of meck, or iredell counties your kids will get in!!! Just speaking the truth!!
parkview parent

Mooresville, NC

#674 Mar 2, 2010
Well I would just like to say that I have entered my daughter in the hopeless lottery for 2 years now. No luck I've heard it was because of my zip code 28115! Also, I would love to see the Mooresville School District go to uniforms as well! Just not the expensive ones! I had thought about reregistering my daughter this year since I have two in school now and maybe one of them could get in but I do have to say after reading some of you alls comments I am better off where they are! My kids have a lot of homework they are in K and 2nd grades. I think the quality of education starts at home. But, I do see the potential here to destroy your kids by being pushed to hard. Some kids should not be in AP classes just because they are available! I cut hair for a living in I see a lot of pine lake kids that say they hate the school!! Why complain and leave your kids there. If your not happy try the mooresville city school district, not the county and see if that works!!
Replying Mom

Stanley, NC

#675 Mar 3, 2010
Former customer wrote:
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It's free!! If you live on the peninsula or the wealthier areas of meck, or iredell counties your kids will get in!!! Just speaking the truth!!
Your chances depend on your children's ages, not on where you live, and on whether your child has a sibling already at PLP, as dictated by the state. The lower school has long waitlists; the higher grades are easier to get into (but not guaranteed). Attend the public lotteries, and you will see them drawing the names right there in front of you, as dictated by state-specified procedures. There are NOT different bins sorted by zip code, but some neighborhoods have higher concentrations of elementary vs high school aged kids, which is often correlated with house size. As parents and kids age, they upsize their homes; perhaps you are observing anecdotally that families with older siblings are getting in more. Note that even siblings in Grades 1-5 were waitlisted this year. Good charter schools with good teachers have waitlists. PLP has hundreds of kids on its waitlist because so few current students leave. Nevertheless, it is not the best school for every child's unique needs, and parents are the key in a child's success.
Davidson mom

Davidson, NC

#676 Mar 3, 2010
I have two kids - last year they were on the wait list there numbers were in the 60's and one in the 80's. They went through those lists so fast because kids weren't taking the spots and we got called. I also heard someone at number 103 got called. I had heard they either added classes or added to class size - at least that is what I was told as the reason they had gotten so far down the wait list. We passed....along with a lot of others I know because we had heard of a bunch of people pulling out after the 08-09 school year that were unhappy. Not sure if it has to do with where you live as I don't live in The Point or The Peninsula.
parkview parent wrote:
Well I would just like to say that I have entered my daughter in the hopeless lottery for 2 years now. No luck I've heard it was because of my zip code 28115! Also, I would love to
see the Mooresville School District go to uniforms as well! Just not the expensive ones! I had thought about reregistering my daughter this year since I have two in school now and maybe one of them could get in but I do have to say after reading some of you alls comments I am better off where they are! My kids have a lot of homework they are in K and 2nd grades. I think the quality of education starts at home. But, I do see the potential here to destroy your kids by being pushed to hard. Some kids should not be in AP classes just because they are available! I cut hair for a living in I see a lot of pine lake kids that say they hate the school!! Why complain and leave your kids there. If your not happy try the mooresville city school district, not the county and see if that works!!
Replying Mom

Stanley, NC

#677 Mar 3, 2010
Davidson mom wrote:
I have two kids - last year they were on the wait list there numbers were in the 60's and one in the 80's. They went through those lists so fast because kids weren't taking the spots and we got called. I also heard someone at number 103 got called. I had heard they either added classes or added to class size - at least that is what I was told as the reason they had gotten so far down the wait list. We passed....along with a lot of others I know because we had heard of a bunch of people pulling out after the 08-09 school year that were unhappy. Not sure if it has to do with where you live as I don't live in The Point or The Peninsula.
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I am sorry you decided not to become part of the PLP family. I can assure you that the PLP lottery does not discriminate based on location; my kids friends live all over the place. The only magnet or charter school in the LKN area that DOES discriminate simply based on location is Davidson IB; CMS gives first priority to all Davidson residents living within ~1/3 mile of that public magnet school; surprisingly, NO priority is given to students who need their academic program. That is extremely frustrating to all those kids who have little hope of getting into Davidson IB. Half the Davidson IB lottery kids got waitlisted this year, and kids from that nice Davidson neighborhood near the school got first priority. Many of us empathize if you are frustrated about that CMS situation, because giving that Davidson neighborhood priority doesn't seem fair.
frustrated

Mooresville, NC

#678 Mar 16, 2010
Is there any other way to get into pine lake? My child is going into kindergarten in the fall and she helps the 1st graders at pine lake with their homework after school! I really need a school that is going to challenge her academically but she got waitlisted. I don't know what else to do. I am going to keep trying and keep fighting for her. I hope her number will be called but it's in the low 100s so it's a long-shot at best this year.
Davidson Mom

Davidson, NC

#679 Mar 17, 2010
Actually, I am not frustrated with the CMS situation at all....happy in fact. All indicators point to my making the right decision to pass on Pine Lake from the many people I have spoken to. I know each family needs different things so what is best for some is not the best for others - but both my children are excelling, getting a very challanging education - great grades and getting great diversity in their school, which to me is an extremely important thing in life...
Replying Mom wrote:
<quoted text> I am sorry you decided not to become part of the PLP family. I can assure you that the PLP lottery does not discriminate based on location; my kids friends live all over the place. The only magnet or charter school in the LKN area that DOES discriminate simply based on location is Davidson IB; CMS gives first priority to all Davidson residents living within ~1/3 mile of that public magnet school; surprisingly, NO priority is given to students who need their academic program. That is extremely frustrating to all those kids who have little hope of getting into Davidson IB. Half the Davidson IB lottery kids got waitlisted this year, and kids from that nice Davidson neighborhood near the school got first priority. Many of us empathize if you are frustrated about that CMS situation, because giving that Davidson neighborhood priority doesn't seem fair.
BestforL

Kannapolis, NC

#680 Mar 24, 2010
Could you kindly tell me about how long after the lottery you were contacted regarding the wait list spaces your children were drawn for? Was it in March, over thw summer?
I have registered my child for the local public school as he was waitlisted for PLP K at #22. I have been told that there is a very high likelihood he will start this fall due to his low wait list number and would like some reassurance from those that are familiar with the process. Thank you!
Davidson mom wrote:
I have two kids - last year they were on the wait list there numbers were in the 60's and one in the 80's. They went through those lists so fast because kids weren't taking the spots and we got called. I also heard someone at number 103 got called. I had heard they either added classes or added to class size - at least that is what I was told as the reason they had gotten so far down the wait list. We passed....along with a lot of others I know because we had heard of a bunch of people pulling out after the 08-09 school year that were unhappy. Not sure if it has to do with where you live as I don't live in The Point or The Peninsula.
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Really

Mooresville, NC

#681 Apr 24, 2010
Former customer wrote:
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It's free!! If you live on the peninsula or the wealthier areas of meck, or iredell counties your kids will get in!!! Just speaking the truth!!
You're speaking the truth, are you serious? The school has a lottery, completetly open to the public. Get a clue!
Really

Mooresville, NC

#682 Apr 24, 2010
Former customer wrote:
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It's free!! If you live on the peninsula or the wealthier areas of meck, or iredell counties your kids will get in!!! Just speaking the truth!!
Speaking the truth - are you serious? The school has a lottery, completely open to the public. Get a clue!
Niki

Woodleaf, NC

#683 May 18, 2010
For any of you who are complaining about parking and waiting in line. The penguin palace and the buttery & Beanery are trying to come up with a plan to sell parking spaces in the field behind the penguin palace. If you go into the buttery beanery Linda should have a list of names she is taking down for this. It looks like the spots may not be open till fall unless they start real soon with more names. But the school uses the field at no expense or nor do they help take care of it, even though they have been asked to. SO This is just something that the two businesses have come up with to #1 help with the hateful attitudes of some of the parents who have tore through their parking lots and through the field out back. This should help allot with the line issues. And parents will quit taking up the businesses parking spaces. The two businesses lose a ton of business from customers because parents sit and park in those spaces with out buying a thing from either place. And it is not fair.
mooresville parent

Charlotte, NC

#684 May 19, 2010
actually, the two businesses probably get 90% of their business from PLP staff and students. Who the heck else would frequent either establishment?

Frankly, I don't see how they can "sell" parking spaces. Who would buy a space to park in for 10 minutes a day? How are they going to enforce that? Are they going to have someone standing out there with a notebook to check which cars park in which spots? Seems like a dumb plan.

They should just develop the extra land for parking and be grateful that they have 1500 potential extra customers to make money from. If they were smart, they'd cater more to this crowd and embrace the fact that people are there each day. There are plenty of creative ways they could make money off people by selling products targeted towards this crowd. Selling parking is silly.
Niki

Woodleaf, NC

#685 May 22, 2010
Actually the 1500 potential people that are in the parking lot and in the penguin palaces yard do not buy a single thing, In fact they have lost allot of their regular customers due to the lack of concern from parents and grandparents not caring whether or not they sit in a businesses spot and not buy anything. Therefore not getting the money that they used to. People drive by see a full parking lot and yard and do not stop because they can not park or they think they are too busy when really it is just kids sitting around waiting on parents.
There is already a list started of people who want to pay to park in the field or wherever so they do not have to sit and wait in the line. and yes they do plan on hiring someone to keep people from just sitting around. Getting parents towed sounds like a way better Idea..
mooresville parent

Charlotte, NC

#687 May 24, 2010
No - I have kids in the lower school and have never parked up there to pick up kids. Every single day, I do see TONS of uniform-wearing kids eating ice cream and walking around with snacks that they bought at those businesses. Not to mention how many times we send in money for organized field trips to go get treats up there.

Those businesses were pieces of crap on a rural road - PLP is keeping them alive! Guarantee you, they'd be out of business by now had PLP not built there.

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