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Walton Middle School Administration, Parents Discuss Issues

There are 26 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from May 6, 2013, titled Walton Middle School Administration, Parents Discuss Issues. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Parents and administrators sat down for two hours to discuss in detail some of the major problems that need attention at Walton.

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Barney

Cumming, GA

#1 May 7, 2013
Spare the rod, spoil the child. Funny how all behavior problems were solved quickly and children had respect years ago. But then came liberalism and society has gone to the wayside. You can argue against this but if you are honest with yourself you know this to be true. Lets take back our country folks before its to late.
Former WMS Student

Harrisonburg, VA

#2 May 7, 2013
Let me just say I graduated Walton in '06 and the administration has always been awful and 2 kids coming drunk to school and ONLY 1 assault on a faculty member is nothing compared to things I saw going there.
Saywhatnow

Patrick Springs, VA

#3 May 8, 2013
My child attended Walton many years ago. Sorry to hear that the staff there has not changed. I wonder what the common denominator is? Maybe parents could become more active at the school during the school day?
Mountain mama

Earlysville, VA

#4 May 8, 2013
Nothing in any school will change unless the parents change things at home. Schools cannot change a culture. Parents have to stop and try to be mindful when speaking, acting, etc.... A child learns from it's parents. Period.
Liberalace

Kents Store, VA

#5 May 8, 2013
But aren't Albemarle Schools the premier schools in our area? I hear nothing but superb reviews of this award-winning school district.

Can we find out--for starters--what happened to the kids who came to school sloshed and what happened to the kid who assaulted the school official?

R.I.P.: John DuPont
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#6 May 8, 2013
Liberalace wrote:
But aren't Albemarle Schools the premier schools in our area?
Comparatively.
concerned parent

Charlottesville, VA

#7 May 8, 2013
Whats been going on in the bathroom? My child told me other children were smoking pot,ciggarettes, and tea bags. These kids get kicked out and come back in 2 weeks and do the same thing again. And the Adminstration sucks!
In the system

Crozet, VA

#8 May 8, 2013
The problem is that parents take the "not my child" attitude and fight consequences for their own kid but not others. Also athletes are treated completely different, with very little if any consequences.
Then you get the attorneys that say "well does the student have a behavior plan"
I'm sorry...a student who brings weapons, bullies, uses illegal substances,etc. doesn't need a behavior plan. You can't tell me they don't know what they did was wrong. Until parents and administrators get together and stand firm with real consequences regardless on who's child it is this will never work.
Parent Of 3 WMS

Mahwah, NJ

#9 May 8, 2013
This comes right down to the administration including the folks in the Albemarle County Office Building who have turned a blind eye to this for years. They have ignored Walton and this is why WMS has turned into the debacle it is now. The administrators are afraid to make changes.

Let a kid smoke pot, get drunk on a bus, strike a teacher, and he or she is back the next day? This is crazy! What will it take to get it through their thick skulls? A tragedy???

Something has to be done now.. especially from the Albemarle County School board... Ignoring it will not make it go away!!!

Help the students, Parents, and teachers!!!
Anonymous

Chantilly, VA

#10 May 8, 2013
Barney wrote:
Spare the rod, spoil the child. Funny how all behavior problems were solved quickly and children had respect years ago. But then came liberalism and society has gone to the wayside. You can argue against this but if you are honest with yourself you know this to be true. Lets take back our country folks before its to late.
Really? It's all the children's fault? I highly doubt it - it's just easier to blame it all on the children. And to suggest that if we just hit our children more, the problems would be solved. Brilliant, just brilliant!
reality check

Charlottesville, VA

#11 May 8, 2013
More time and effort needs to be spend building a strong curriculum, not buying computers for every kid to play on during that. Walton kids treat their netbooks as toys. The teachers use them as babysitters.
Walton Parent

Charlottesville, VA

#12 May 8, 2013
Have members of the Board of Education spent any time during the school day at Walton? They would be speechless. Yes, kids being disruptive, cursing, and totally disrespectful.
The teachers at the school are getting no support. Kids misbehave and are sent to the office, only to be sent back to the classroom with no consequence.
Kids are scared at that school. They won't use the restrooms for fear of being bullied, physically harmed or seeing illegal activities.
Kids are repeating classes each year because they are told there is no where for them to be placed. This has been going on for years yet the Central Office ignores it.
Walton students are supposed to be given the same opportunities as other middle schools in ACPS-THEY ARE NOT!!!!
If Central Office thinks parents at WMS don't care and they can keep treating this school as an afterthought, they are dead wrong.
There are 400 students at the school and 70 adults were at the meeting. A meeting that was not even publicized to parents from the administration at Walton until less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.
To add to the confusion, the meeting was called something else with another title just to add to the madness. This meeting was called by parents and organized by parents. We will not stop until we get answers.
wild cats cry

Charlottesville, VA

#13 May 8, 2013
Amen Walton Parent.
Teachers have no support. They are asked to teach to the lowest kids in the school. Smart students are bored. SOLS passing scores are all that matter. The computers were bought to train children on the SOLs.
18 year ACPS parent

Farmville, VA

#14 May 8, 2013
concerned parent wrote:
Whats been going on in the bathroom? My child told me other children were smoking pot,ciggarettes, and tea bags. These kids get kicked out and come back in 2 weeks and do the same thing again. And the Adminstration sucks!
Payed services, is what I have heard.
18 year ACPS parent

Farmville, VA

#15 May 8, 2013
reality check wrote:
More time and effort needs to be spend building a strong curriculum, not buying computers for every kid to play on during that. Walton kids treat their netbooks as toys. The teachers use them as babysitters.
Middle school curriculum has just been changed at our northern middle school. No longer will honors level science and Social Studies will be offered. I hope that we are not next for results like what is occurring at Walton.
Really

Buckingham, VA

#16 May 8, 2013
wild cats cry wrote:
Amen Walton Parent.
Teachers have no support. They are asked to teach to the lowest kids in the school. Smart students are bored. SOLS passing scores are all that matter. The computers were bought to train children on the SOLs.
Yes, by your logic we should cater to the minority of smart, bored students and let the majority "lowest kids" just fall through the cracks. Don't give them any education! Let them just graduate or drop out to the streets where they belong right! Can't wait for them to add to the bloated welfare budget and get on the government subsidy wagon because THAT is what our country needs!!

See how stupid you sound now.
Really

Buckingham, VA

#17 May 8, 2013
wild cats cry wrote:
Amen Walton Parent.
Teachers have no support. They are asked to teach to the lowest kids in the school. Smart students are bored. SOLS passing scores are all that matter. The computers were bought to train children on the SOLs.
If anything, since your student goes to a city public school, you should be happy you have one of the "smart, bored" kids rather than the alternative. Why don't you emphasis outside of class learning and education for your kids as a way to encourage/enlighten them intellectually. There are plenty of weekend/out of school, productive activities you can engage you and your family in. Secondly, this is middle school.

Or, better yet, put them in private school and move on.
18 year ACPS parent

Farmville, VA

#18 May 8, 2013
Walton Parent wrote:
Have members of the Board of Education spent any time during the school day at Walton? They would be speechless. Yes, kids being disruptive, cursing, and totally disrespectful.
The teachers at the school are getting no support. Kids misbehave and are sent to the office, only to be sent back to the classroom with no consequence.
Kids are scared at that school. They won't use the restrooms for fear of being bullied, physically harmed or seeing illegal activities.
Kids are repeating classes each year because they are told there is no where for them to be placed. This has been going on for years yet the Central Office ignores it.
Walton students are supposed to be given the same opportunities as other middle schools in ACPS-THEY ARE NOT!!!!
If Central Office thinks parents at WMS don't care and they can keep treating this school as an afterthought, they are dead wrong.
There are 400 students at the school and 70 adults were at the meeting. A meeting that was not even publicized to parents from the administration at Walton until less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.
To add to the confusion, the meeting was called something else with another title just to add to the madness. This meeting was called by parents and organized by parents. We will not stop until we get answers.
ACPS has left all the middle schools to flounder-Central Office had Matt Hass at one point reviewing the middle school curriculum nothing was done. My children have read the same book for Language Arts since 2000-- never changed the title not once. The same issues of illegal activities occur in other ACPS middle schools. At our middle school in AC, not Walton, there is a big difference in the discipline issued to -athletes. Discipline is never consistent or followed thur on. One of our biggest problems is student on student robberies, this is a type of bulling, if you bring a new pencil case to school- expect it to get swiped, there are a constant daily student on staff robberies- cell phone, ipods, iphones, purses, wallets, gym clothing 2 and 3 a days a week a serious crime occurs!; aggressive behaviors such as throwing desks and chairs at students and teachers, police being called for neighborhood vandalism prior to school starting, students nothing is done. Parents who do not want to deal with their students who have bad behavior call to the principals and demand that the principals not discipline their child, not send them to In school suspension, or out of school suspension. The county- downtown does not back up the teachers or principals of these middle schools. There is no alternative program for this students - not that they deserve one but the principals are stuck. Students with these behaviors which are horrid are left in the classroom. This year the teachers have a new time out system like is used in pre-schools because the principals do not want the students sent to the office, they have no place to put them, so they teachers have a three times and you sit out side the door rule. This seemed to work but there is no one to monitor their behavior in the hall and that has caused issues in restrooms, ect.
At least at the HS they just drop out, but the middle schools and the students who want to learn are suffering. Police presence in the schools does no good since they are not allowed to touch a student involved in an altercation, but can take them away once administration arrives to break up a event. The robberies are never reported since most things are minor.More press needs to look into what is going on.
reality check

Charlottesville, VA

#19 May 8, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, by your logic we should cater to the minority of smart, bored students and let the majority "lowest kids" just fall through the cracks. Don't give them any education! Let them just graduate or drop out to the streets where they belong right! Can't wait for them to add to the bloated welfare budget and get on the government subsidy wagon because THAT is what our country needs!!
See how stupid you sound now.
They un-leveled the english classes and are planning to un-level math. They should put the levels back in and provide strong instruction at each level. Grouping all the kids together doesn't help either end of the spectrum.
WMS Parent

Rocky Mount, VA

#20 May 8, 2013
No foreign language for 6th graders. Only a 1/2 year for 7th graders. Explanation = the kids don't want to take a language. Ummmmmm....my kids don't want to take out the garbage, clean their rooms or eat their broccoli. But guess what???? They don't get to make those decisions. That is what parents are for. I pay the taxes. The schools are accountable to me...not by 12 year old.

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