Jenkins School-- A Must Read

Jenkins School-- A Must Read

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Just Me

Pella, IA

#1 Feb 8, 2013
With all the problems that the school system is facing with money and heating issues and lower test scores, you would think that they would do whatever was possible to converse money and raise test scores. Well in my opinion they have hit a new low. Do you know that they are running a bus to Whitesburg hospital twice a day to pick up a child that is the grandchild of the Board Chairman. That is a waste of time, payroll and gas. Especially when you consider that his four older grandchildren all go to different schools and so will this one. What a same. If it was my child or yours, you can bet they would not do it for them. I think the Superintendent and Board Chairman needs to retire or be replaced.
Sweetie

London, KY

#2 Feb 8, 2013
I think they need to go ahead and convert all schools and make them go to LCC in my opinion..
That's what is going to happen before to long.
ritchie

London, KY

#3 Feb 9, 2013
I think if they are teaching the child anything that they have to pick it up.
Olivia

United States

#4 Feb 11, 2013
Why don't the school board have the parents pay for the expense?...that way no funds will be taken from the school resources.
Inquiry

Richmond, KY

#5 Feb 12, 2013
Why not ask the Chairman of the Board of Education? Is that equitable to all other students in that school system? Is this common practice for a Chairman?
Its time

London, KY

#6 Feb 12, 2013
It's definitely time to combine the schools, and get rid of these friggin taxes! I always thought that Jenkins needed to combine. Haul their as$es to lcc!
NO WAY

Mount Vernon, KY

#7 Feb 12, 2013
Its time wrote:
It's definitely time to combine the schools, and get rid of these friggin taxes! I always thought that Jenkins needed to combine. Haul their as$es to lcc!
We do not want to go to lcc why would we? the drugs the fights the sexting why would we want to send our children there?
The observer

London, KY

#8 Feb 13, 2013
You people speak of this kids as if they were herding animals grappling as to which field to put them in, my guess is you hate having to pay any tax at all however the grass always seems greener on the other side and once in awhile it is but for the the most part a different place, same ole problems, sometimes even worse but you I'm sure you're a gambler.
LCC

Lexington, KY

#9 Feb 13, 2013
NO WAY wrote:
<quoted text> We do not want to go to lcc why would we? the drugs the fights the sexting why would we want to send our children there?
I went to Burdine, Jenkins middle, and then to Whitesburg. Letcher county has a much better educ. system. Friends from Jenkins were not prepared for college or the work world.
For the record

London, KY

#10 Feb 15, 2013
I have a child that goes to J.H.S. in the 11th grade whom is taking college courses down at Pikeville,she made the deans list this year and is declared a future leader of America by the Letcher co. Fiscal court, it's not which school you go to but the drive you put forth that determines how far you go and what you're ready for.
Parent

Manchester, KY

#11 Feb 15, 2013
I agree that it does not matter where a child goes to school. Each individual child is different, but I think it is sad that instead of putting time, money and resources to the children that attend this school, they are catering to Board Member for a Pre School age child. The only reason the child has been put in this class is the Aunt is the teacher and the Grandfather is on the Board. They could put the extra resources doing something for the kids and families that are supporting this school. I know for a fact none of the other kids in this family goes to Jenkins. It's just sad.
For the record

Mount Vernon, KY

#12 Feb 16, 2013
They do all they can do for any child that shows promise to see that gifted children are able to reach their full potential and for that they deserve praise not criticism, I as a parent am very proud of J.H.S. the fact is they are a great school and the kids that have potential are blessed because of them thank you.
why am I still here

Houston, AR

#13 Feb 17, 2013
True story. Our child wanted to go to Centre College. He graduated with honors and all kinds of awards at Jenkins. He was a Governor's Scholar as well. During his interview at Centre he was told his academic standards were not up to their level. Never mind he scored a 29 on his ACT's. They said an A at Jenkins was like a C in Lexington. They put our son on a waiting list, and never called back. He went on to UK, graduated with honors, and then got his masters degree. He is now a successful manager at a tech company out West. What you say about drive and desire are true, but being at JHS does hold your kids back!!
Hello

London, KY

#14 Feb 17, 2013
Really dont matter where you go, after you graduate where are you gonna get a descent job around here period? I wouldnt worry about high school or college so much as to where are your kids going to move to in order to make a living wage. Not this place.
Education

Somerset, KY

#15 Feb 17, 2013
Kids who have the drive can do as well as they want wherever they go to school. The disadvantage for Jenkins students, especially those going into anything that requires Math or Science, is that they are ill-prepared. Our students have very little science lab experiences that prepare them for college level chemistry or biology. Our students lack basic math skills and few can function without a calculator. This hinders their performance in college and on tests when they are required to do problems without a calculator.

What I am amazed at is how few parents are demanding that quality teachers be hired at Jenkins. A great number of the teachers do not hold "real" teaching certificates and are going to school to become a teacher.

My biggest petpeeve is that parents are only concerned about students receiving As & Bs. The question is, like was mentioned in the above thread,"Did this A prepare them for college?" From experience, I can say that as a 4.0+ gpa student, the answer is NO. I did however think I was prepared, until I enrolled in college and had to study twice as long as those with a stonger educational background.

I loved my time at Jenkins; great teachers, good friends, and happy memories. But, that was in the day of GT classes and sporting events that were full of Cavalier fans and pride. Its just not the same anymore when I go to watch my child play sports or meet my child's teachers.
Former Cavalier

Princeton, IN

#16 Feb 19, 2013
I agree. When I got to college I found out right away my new classmates were MUCH better prepared than I was. They took things for granted that were all new to me. This was especially true in Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Writing and Literature. I had to work three times as hard as everyone else for about two years until I finally caught up. Plus, notice how Jenkins does not even ENTER all those competitions like Debate, Robotics, Engineering (bridge building, Erector construction, rocketry, catapulting, high school science fair, drama, publications, etc.). At least half of what my college classmates knew they had learned from these activities rather than just in class. And the scholarships earned at those events are just as good or better than those earned in football or basketball. I went back several times and asked why Jenkins does not enter those events. I was told no Jenkins students were interested. That's a lie. All my friends and I would have jumped at the chance to build robots, rockets, working Erector set amusement park rides, catapults, bridges, etc. We would have loved to have researched topics and gone to big tournaments and debated them with teams from other schools. We would have loved to have learned how to publish a really topnotch newspaper, to interview people in town or around the area, take photos, all that Journalism stuff. And I KNOW we could have been competitive. I graduated from college and earned a masters degree and I KNOW there were several kids in my Jenkins class a lot better than I was. So I KNOW we had the collective brainpower, if some teacher had taken the time to coach us. I also asked why we did not have the advanced classes, or even do the same work in our regular classes everyone else did. I was told the Jenkins kids weren't academically prepared for such classes. Well, first, whose fault is that? If that's true, THEN PREPARE US. But I think we COULD HAVE met the challenge. If I could catch up in college, then we could have caught up our junior and senior years in high school. So sadly I have to conclude that we need a massive change of attitude in Jenkins. We need to start running a SCHOOL system instead of a political patronage system. And if we don't have that massive change of attitude right away, the state is going to shut us down. They're shutting Monticello down right now. They've warned Jefferson County they're getting ready to shut down Shawnee and Western next year if they don't improve drastically immediately. They're zeroing in on Silver Grove. Do you really think Jenkins has escaped their scrutiny? No Way. We have to straighten this out or our school is gone.
LCC

Lexington, KY

#17 Feb 19, 2013
Former Cavalier wrote:
I agree. When I got to college I found out right away my new classmates were MUCH better prepared than I was. They took things for granted that were all new to me. This was especially true in Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Writing and Literature. I had to work three times as hard as everyone else for about two years until I finally caught up. Plus, notice how Jenkins does not even ENTER all those competitions like Debate, Robotics, Engineering (bridge building, Erector construction, rocketry, catapulting, high school science fair, drama, publications, etc.). At least half of what my college classmates knew they had learned from these activities rather than just in class. And the scholarships earned at those events are just as good or better than those earned in football or basketball. I went back several times and asked why Jenkins does not enter those events. I was told no Jenkins students were interested. That's a lie. All my friends and I would have jumped at the chance to build robots, rockets, working Erector set amusement park rides, catapults, bridges, etc. We would have loved to have researched topics and gone to big tournaments and debated them with teams from other schools. We would have loved to have learned how to publish a really topnotch newspaper, to interview people in town or around the area, take photos, all that Journalism stuff. And I KNOW we could have been competitive. I graduated from college and earned a masters degree and I KNOW there were several kids in my Jenkins class a lot better than I was. So I KNOW we had the collective brainpower, if some teacher had taken the time to coach us. I also asked why we did not have the advanced classes, or even do the same work in our regular classes everyone else did. I was told the Jenkins kids weren't academically prepared for such classes. Well, first, whose fault is that? If that's true, THEN PREPARE US. But I think we COULD HAVE met the challenge. If I could catch up in college, then we could have caught up our junior and senior years in high school. So sadly I have to conclude that we need a massive change of attitude in Jenkins. We need to start running a SCHOOL system instead of a political patronage system. And if we don't have that massive change of attitude right away, the state is going to shut us down. They're shutting Monticello down right now. They've warned Jefferson County they're getting ready to shut down Shawnee and Western next year if they don't improve drastically immediately. They're zeroing in on Silver Grove. Do you really think Jenkins has escaped their scrutiny? No Way. We have to straighten this out or our school is gone.
Yes, I agree with you 100%.

Unfortunately , Jenkins School doesnít have the size or $ to provide all the things you mentioned. I donít know if LCC can offer all of that, but can certainly offer more than Jenkins. Now, do I think and LCC education is equal to one in Lexington or a more wealthy area, probably not. However, if I lived back there, I would rather send my child to LCC than Jenkins.
Former Cavalier

Princeton, IN

#18 Feb 19, 2013
I disagree. It doesn't take much $$ or size. Some of the best entries in the state in all those events are Class A sized schools, some of them not far from Jenkins. For instance, last year, Lynn Camp, same size as Jenkins, also rural and Southeastern Ky., made it all the way to NATIONALS in robotics before finally losing. Pineville, Jackson City, Red Bird, etc., have all been competitive in one event or the other, and I list them just because they're from Southeastern Kentucky. Other small schools from all over the state have also done well, winning state championships or coming close, and winning college scholarships for their kids. It takes a teacher willing to put in the time and a school system willing to sponsor the activity. The KIDS are there. TALENTED KIDS ARE EVERYWHERE. They just need the OPPORTUNITY.
The observer

Clarkson, KY

#19 Feb 21, 2013
It's not the schools fault, it's the citizens of Jenkins who are to blame, can't get them together to march on city hall and demand that we pay industry to bring factories in so we increase our revenue,more jobs equal a better school, a vote against our school is a vote against ourself
LCC

Lexington, KY

#20 Feb 21, 2013
The observer wrote:
It's not the schools fault, it's the citizens of Jenkins who are to blame, can't get them together to march on city hall and demand that we pay industry to bring factories in so we increase our revenue,more jobs equal a better school, a vote against our school is a vote against ourself
Sweetie, Jenkins can't pay industry to locate in Jenkins. Cities can certainly offer tax incentives and land. However, not many companies want to locate back there due to the lack of major roads (interstates to transport goods) and the mostly uneducated workforce. Just how it is.

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