Local middle school to close

Local middle school to close

There are 44 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Mar 4, 2008, titled Local middle school to close. In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

Citing budget concerns and declining enrollment, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board members have voted to close a second school, beginning in September.

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los coyotes

United States

#1 Mar 5, 2008
who are they going to close!1!!!!!
Ummmmmm

Pico Rivera, CA

#2 Mar 6, 2008
los coyotes wrote:
who are they going to close!1!!!!!
They are closing Hargitt Middle School (sorry I don't know the correct spelling).

My good friend is a teacher there - and is very upset.
PARENT

Buena Park, CA

#3 Mar 6, 2008
My daugher goes to Moffitt elementary & I was very worried about her going to Hargitt middle school. Low test scores, lots of problems after school. I talked to a lot of parents that were very upset, but their concerns were towards how inconvinient it was going to be for them, not because a great school was closing. I drive by their everyday when I go pick up my daughter. Very scary area, Parent's get more involved with your kids, homework, who they are hanging out with etc...,
Coach

Redmond, WA

#4 Mar 8, 2008
I am a student who has graduated from Hargitt when I attended the school we won the Orange County Academic Decatholon. I had a 3.8 gpa amd I learned plenty about the things neccessary for me to be successful in high school. It has been only 8 years since I left and the school has declined because of budget cuts, and lack of parent involvment. When Dr. Pringle left the school it was a blow they never recovered from. The budget is horrible and forget the fact the la mirada is not having a school closed. The low test scores are a direct result of the parents not being involved their are great teachers at the school but they have no help and a decreasing budget compounds the problem. Way to go Governator u are terminating a childs education. Waite is a good school. Oh yeah just wait they are voting next on eliminating all after school sports just wait and see how many kids are in trouble then.
parent

Whittier, CA

#6 Mar 8, 2008
They will be closing Huerta Middle School as well.
Coach wrote:
I am a student who has graduated from Hargitt when I attended the school we won the Orange County Academic Decatholon. I had a 3.8 gpa amd I learned plenty about the things neccessary for me to be successful in high school. It has been only 8 years since I left and the school has declined because of budget cuts, and lack of parent involvment. When Dr. Pringle left the school it was a blow they never recovered from. The budget is horrible and forget the fact the la mirada is not having a school closed. The low test scores are a direct result of the parents not being involved their are great teachers at the school but they have no help and a decreasing budget compounds the problem. Way to go Governator u are terminating a childs education. Waite is a good school. Oh yeah just wait they are voting next on eliminating all after school sports just wait and see how many kids are in trouble then.
Parent

Whittier, CA

#7 Mar 10, 2008
Coach wrote:
I am a student who has graduated from Hargitt when I attended the school we won the Orange County Academic Decatholon. I had a 3.8 gpa amd I learned plenty about the things neccessary for me to be successful in high school. It has been only 8 years since I left and the school has declined because of budget cuts, and lack of parent involvment. When Dr. Pringle left the school it was a blow they never recovered from. The budget is horrible and forget the fact the la mirada is not having a school closed. The low test scores are a direct result of the parents not being involved their are great teachers at the school but they have no help and a decreasing budget compounds the problem. Way to go Governator u are terminating a childs education. Waite is a good school. Oh yeah just wait they are voting next on eliminating all after school sports just wait and see how many kids are in trouble then.
I will keep saying over and over again. Look at the school district minutes for the past 4 or 5 years. We have the highest paid superintendant in California and our district spends outrageous amounts of money on conferences and travel that could have been better spent on supplies, books and programs. The other poster was correct about more parents getting involved. Its horrible the lack of interest the average parents have for what is happening in our schools.
parent

Whittier, CA

#8 Mar 10, 2008
I do remember a couple of years ago when my son was in 7th grade and 2 of his teachers were sent to Japan for educational purposes, I think they do that kind off stuff every year.
WDN Reader

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Mar 10, 2008
parent wrote:
I do remember a couple of years ago when my son was in 7th grade and 2 of his teachers were sent to Japan for educational purposes, I think they do that kind off stuff every year.
Well, good for the couple of teachers that went to Japan! What better way to educate our teachers, I hope that brought many excellent teaching systems. I sure they wont be going this year.
Parent who cares

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Mar 11, 2008
My parents haved lived directly cross the street from Hargitt for 29 years. My whole family went to Hargitt and John Glenn you can not blame the schools for your kids test score or after school activites thats all the parents faults for not getting involed. Sending this kids to different schools is a the worst thing to do Norwalk has a bad gang problem did anybody think of that? What about parents that have no transportion for there kids?
Ummm

Norwalk, CA

#11 Mar 11, 2008
"their" - showing belonging
example: This ball belongs to them . It is "their" ball.

"there" - showing location
example: See that building over "there"?

"they're" - contraction meaning "they are"
example: Here comes Bob and Sue. "They're" such nice people.
parent

Whittier, CA

#12 Mar 11, 2008
I'm sure they thought of that when they made this decision. I agree it's a bad one. If Norwalk has such a gang problem, what does that have to do with closing Hargitt? Do you mean that all the gangbangers will now be going to the "better" areas here in La Mirada? Well, good luck and have fun, I'm just glad I don't have a kid in middleschool anymore!
coach

Redmond, WA

#13 Mar 12, 2008
Everyone is missing the point! We have kids now getting pushed into over crowded classroms how does that help the problem. We have things like sportsthat can be used as tools in education being taken away what are the kids left to do. As for the gang problems in norwalk the are bad and by sending kids home to the neighborhoods like that where their parents are not home to discourage that kind of activity is going to make it worse. Again I ask why are the childrens best interest not being considered. The super intendant is well paid well guess what she does earn a dollar of what she makes might as well throw money down a hole. The test scores are low cause the kids DON'T care they zoom through the tests and turn them in. Standarized tests are a joke they prove nothing more than today's kids are lazy and unmotivated. Those are things learned from parents and not teachers!
parent

Buena Park, CA

#14 Mar 12, 2008
coach wrote:
Everyone is missing the point! We have kids now getting pushed into over crowded classroms how does that help the problem. We have things like sportsthat can be used as tools in education being taken away what are the kids left to do. As for the gang problems in norwalk the are bad and by sending kids home to the neighborhoods like that where their parents are not home to discourage that kind of activity is going to make it worse. Again I ask why are the childrens best interest not being considered. The super intendant is well paid well guess what she does earn a dollar of what she makes might as well throw money down a hole. The test scores are low cause the kids DON'T care they zoom through the tests and turn them in. Standarized tests are a joke they prove nothing more than today's kids are lazy and unmotivated. Those are things learned from parents and not teachers!
I agree with you, alot of the kids are lazy & unmotivated. So whatever they have learned at home since early childhood is a reflection of what they have become. If they see an un-educated parent or a parent that jumps from small job to small job, or that call's in sick, or that stays on government programs forever ....etc..
They are going to grow up thinking this is normal.
Regarding the "Gang" problem. Come on parents, who are you kidding.
We see the news all the time, kids being killed. Parents on the news claiming that their kids are not in gangs, then they show the picture of the victim. Shaved head, tatoos,big baggy clothes. But who bought them their baggy clothes??? not Santa that's for sure.
Let's all learn from this, get involved with the schools,ask questions, attend meetings.
I know we are all tired at the end of the day, no excuse sit with your child when doing homework. Give the kids incentives, that works for me.
"You get an A on your test, we will celebrate. This weekend you choose the restaurant!!" Motivate your kids!!!!!
coach

Redmond, WA

#15 Mar 13, 2008
All I know is this in the next couple of months and the beginning of next school year are going to be interesting! Lets hope this whole ordeal works out or else the school board is going to look bad and like they don't have a clue
La Mirada Parent

United States

#16 Mar 14, 2008
I hope the school board really knows what they are doing to our children.
coach

Redmond, WA

#17 Mar 14, 2008
I wonder if there is anyway to change this can anybody find out and post it because this ridiculous that they are doing this to our kids
parent

Whittier, CA

#18 Mar 14, 2008
Maybe we should all come together and try to do something, like yesterdays protest in Pico Rivera. I don't know if that'll help but it might be worth a try.
coach wrote:
I wonder if there is anyway to change this can anybody find out and post it because this ridiculous that they are doing this to our kids
Teacher

United States

#19 Mar 14, 2008
parent wrote:
I do remember a couple of years ago when my son was in 7th grade and 2 of his teachers were sent to Japan for educational purposes, I think they do that kind off stuff every year.
I am a teacher at Norwalk-La Mirada U.S.D. I went to Japan last year. I payed for my way. In fact, the only reason I ended up going was because another teacher at our school could not afford to pay for the flight and hotel. Trust me, the district did not provide any funds for this trip..
Teacher

United States

#20 Mar 14, 2008
parent wrote:
Maybe we should all come together and try to do something, like yesterdays protest in Pico Rivera. I don't know if that'll help but it might be worth a try.<quoted text>
Trust me when I say this,(I am not defending the board members), as a teacher at N.L.M.U.S.D., I am well aware that all the schools in the state of California are suffering from this budget crisis. My children attend a school in Norwalk and I do not know if their classes next year will have 20 students (because of the 20 to 1 program) or the usual 34 students. The board is doing what they have to do to be able to make it through the next couple of years. Teachers will be laid off, schools will close, and class size will go up. WHAT YOU COULD DO IS WRITE TO THE GOVERNATOR, EDUCACATION OFFICIALS AND OTHER POLITICIANS BEFORE THEY FINALIZE THE BUDGET!!!! TELL THEM HOW THEY ARE "LEAVING EVERY CHILD BEHIND."
mom

Whittier, CA

#21 Mar 14, 2008
Thanks for the advice, I will consider writing.
Teacher wrote:
<quoted text>
Trust me when I say this,(I am not defending the board members), as a teacher at N.L.M.U.S.D., I am well aware that all the schools in the state of California are suffering from this budget crisis. My children attend a school in Norwalk and I do not know if their classes next year will have 20 students (because of the 20 to 1 program) or the usual 34 students. The board is doing what they have to do to be able to make it through the next couple of years. Teachers will be laid off, schools will close, and class size will go up. WHAT YOU COULD DO IS WRITE TO THE GOVERNATOR, EDUCACATION OFFICIALS AND OTHER POLITICIANS BEFORE THEY FINALIZE THE BUDGET!!!! TELL THEM HOW THEY ARE "LEAVING EVERY CHILD BEHIND."

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