Trinity ISD Turnover???

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Observer

United States

#1 Apr 9, 2013
My kids have been coming home telling me that they are losing their teachers. That they want be back next year.?What is the problem???? Why are teachers leaving? Why can't Trinity ISD keep teachers? It's got to hurt our children with their education process. Can anybody tell me what's going on?
Samantha

Ballwin, MO

#2 Apr 10, 2013
Trinity schools suck!! I moved away just so my kids didn't have to go to such a crappy school!!
Ron

United States

#3 Apr 10, 2013
Samantha wrote:
Trinity schools suck!! I moved away just so my kids didn't have to go to such a crappy school!!
I totally agree. My son is a Junior and has seen 4 different principle's at Trinity High School. Looks like its poor decisions made by poor leadership. Why can't they get it right the first time?
Walter

Franklin, TX

#4 Apr 17, 2013
Trinity schools are NOT bad, in many ways they are quite GOOD.

They recently won district in UIL (thats academic competition)and they have won many contests in Band, Robotics, Choir.(help me out here, what else have they won or placed well in !)

TISD suffers (as do many small rural district) from the curse of "averaging". I would guess that the upper half of our student body is well above the median in test scores, but we have a lot of ESL (English as a second language) students, and a high percentage of free or reduced price lunch students.

These students have big disadvantages when it comes to learning, many dont get much help at home, and they don't test well. This shows up in our large number of "underperforming" kids.

When their scores are "averaged in", it pulls the performance down overall, making the school look bad overall.

For those of us who care, and help our kids at home, and teach them discipline and respect for the school, our studens will succeed, and enjoy the advantages of a small "hometown" school.

And those who care even more, we can help out at the Boys and Girls Club, or volunteer at the schools or at the many churches that have tutoring.
TISD Supporter

Huntsville, TX

#5 Apr 17, 2013
The Administration is making changes for the better. I agree that more parents should get involved and help their kids but they don't. They rely on others to do it for them. My child does great and make straight A's but that is because I am involved. Our sports is also doing much better and more kids are getting involved. Make your kids get off their butts and get involved in something instead of them roaming around town and playing video games.
Will

United States

#6 Apr 20, 2013
Walter wrote:
Trinity schools are NOT bad, in many ways they are quite GOOD.
They recently won district in UIL (thats academic competition)and they have won many contests in Band, Robotics, Choir.(help me out here, what else have they won or placed well in !)
TISD suffers (as do many small rural district) from the curse of "averaging". I would guess that the upper half of our student body is well above the median in test scores, but we have a lot of ESL (English as a second language) students, and a high percentage of free or reduced price lunch students.
These students have big disadvantages when it comes to learning, many dont get much help at home, and they don't test well. This shows up in our large number of "underperforming" kids.
When their scores are "averaged in", it pulls the performance down overall, making the school look bad overall.
For those of us who care, and help our kids at home, and teach them discipline and respect for the school, our studens will succeed, and enjoy the advantages of a small "hometown" school.
And those who care even more, we can help out at the Boys and Girls Club, or volunteer at the schools or at the many churches that have tutoring.
Well put. You must be a Trinity ISD administrator. I can promise you this. My son has been involved in UIL for the past three years. Not one time has a administrator been involved. Not a principle, and not the Superintendent one have attended a meet. Then the kids go and compete this past weekend and the new High School shows up giving them a hard time along with the instructors. Same ole same ole. People trying to get recognition for something they have had nothing to do with. If it wasn't for Mrs. Rice pushing for funds, etc, these kids would not get the chance. Mrs. Rice and her coaches deserve the recognition.
Max

Buffalo, TX

#7 Apr 21, 2013
I'm confused. The new high school shows up giving them a hard time along with the instructors????
Average Joe

Ballwin, MO

#8 Apr 21, 2013
Will wrote:
<quoted text>Well put. You must be a Trinity ISD administrator. I can promise you this. My son has been involved in UIL for the past three years. Not one time has a administrator been involved. Not a principle, and not the Superintendent one have attended a meet. Then the kids go and compete this past weekend and the new High School shows up giving them a hard time along with the instructors. Same ole same ole. People trying to get recognition for something they have had nothing to do with. If it wasn't for Mrs. Rice pushing for funds, etc, these kids would not get the chance. Mrs. Rice and her coaches deserve the recognition.
I agree - don't forget that ms Barrett tried to put time in the schedule for practice and was written up for not focusing on test scores. Mrs rice is great and the students who compete are really wonderful. THS has a great staff it's a shame the district is so focused on a losing football team that they forget about all the great things, staff and students that are doing good things every day.
Ken

United States

#9 Apr 22, 2013
Average Joe wrote:
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I agree - don't forget that ms Barrett tried to put time in the schedule for practice and was written up for not focusing on test scores. Mrs rice is great and the students who compete are really wonderful. THS has a great staff it's a shame the district is so focused on a losing football team that they forget about all the great things, staff and students that are doing good things every day.
Who is the clown that is the new principle. Students have been coming in the store saying he is driving them crazy. Why do you appoint someone principle at the beginning of the year and give up on them halfway through the year. A Superintendent makes a decision and then makes another change before the year is up???? Why can't the guy make a sound decision that sticks? Hopefully the new blood that gets elected on the new school board will question this guy on some decisions. And to the current busts members. It's ok to question and say no! Your choices in leadership are destroying the kids of Trinity!
Will

United States

#10 Apr 22, 2013
Ken wrote:
<quoted text> Who is the clown that is the new principle. Students have been coming in the store saying he is driving them crazy. Why do you appoint someone principle at the beginning of the year and give up on them halfway through the year. A Superintendent makes a decision and then makes another change before the year is up???? Why can't the guy make a sound decision that sticks? Hopefully the new blood that gets elected on the new school board will question this guy on some decisions. And to the current busts members. It's ok to question and say no! Your choices in leadership are destroying the kids of Trinity!
The Superintendent is just here until he retires. Then he will leave and be done with Trinity. According to several teachers who are leaving Trinity, the same teachers who have successful testing scores claim they can't take the decisions being made. They are not stable decisions. I feel sorry for the kids of Trinity.
Walter

Franklin, TX

#11 Apr 23, 2013
I'm not an administrator (or teacher or anything but a parent and supporer)...I've had 4 kids in Trinity ISD and they all did well: went to good colleges, got good degrees and good jobs afterward.

Along the way they played sports. UIL, Band, Choir Ag, FFA, showed stuff at the fair, made good friends,(and some that we didn't like so much).

Taxes are low, the school bus came close to the house. They had a couple teachers that they didn't like,But they learned to get along with them (just as they have had co-workers and bosses that they didn't like)and they benefited from the hometown schools.

Don't lose sight of the fact that the schools are what we make of them.
Mature Mother

Crockett, TX

#12 Apr 23, 2013
My very good child also came home fussing about the new principal, and I will tell you the same thing I told her. Mr. Ulcak came to our school after being sought out, and being told what was needed in the job of principal of our high school. When we go into new positions in our careers, many of us begin with one way of thinking, only to realize that we need to slow down and asses the situation for ourselves. Once we have done that, most often, we can become successful in our new role. Mr. Ulcak is no different that the rest of us VERY human beings, and is finding his footing. No matter what the reason he is here, he is here, and deserves our patience and support.

Oh, by the way Walter, I totally agree with you!

We are losing some very good teachers this year, some out of fatigue from fighting the same old fight with children, parents, and administration, some for health reasons, and some for the higher calling being placed on them by God. It doesn't matter the reason. It happens, and if we as parents take our responsibilities seriously, disciplining our children with love to help them become responsible as they grow into adulthood, and consistently being involved in their daily lives, we will have done our part in turn making it easier for the those involved in the public education of our children.
Poodlededoo

Buffalo, TX

#13 Apr 23, 2013
Right on, M.M Parents do make the difference, and a lot of problem students get their attitude from problem parents, who then blame the schools.
Enough is Enough

Ballwin, MO

#14 Apr 24, 2013
Something has to change. Disciple is non existent at all schools within the district. Students are allowed a "cool down" instead of receiving proper discipline. Administration is on a power trip. There is more to life than just the STAAR tests. Teachers are told to teach only what is covered on the test. What about the subject matter that isn't on the test?

Other schools in our area are still accredited. What is Trinity's issue?
Parent

Ballwin, MO

#15 Apr 25, 2013
Enough is Enough wrote:
Something has to change. Disciple is non existent at all schools within the district. Students are allowed a "cool down" instead of receiving proper discipline. Administration is on a power trip. There is more to life than just the STAAR tests. Teachers are told to teach only what is covered on the test. What about the subject matter that isn't on the test?
Other schools in our area are still accredited. What is Trinity's issue?
Well, Trinity has just lost another great teacher! Probably one of the most dedicated persons that truly cared about the kids.
Sam

Ballwin, MO

#16 Apr 25, 2013
Parent wrote:
<quoted text> Well, Trinity has just lost another great teacher! Probably one of the most dedicated persons that truly cared about the kids.
Who?
REALLY

Ballwin, MO

#17 Apr 25, 2013
Parent wrote:
<quoted text>Well, Trinity has just lost another great teacher! Probably one of the most dedicated persons that truly cared about the kids.
Really not!!
student

Ballwin, MO

#18 Apr 26, 2013
Enough is Enough wrote:
Something has to change. Disciple is non existent at all schools within the district. Students are allowed a "cool down" instead of receiving proper discipline. Administration is on a power trip. There is more to life than just the STAAR tests. Teachers are told to teach only what is covered on the test. What about the subject matter that isn't on the test?

Other schools in our area are still accredited. What is Trinity's issue?
Accreditation is based on the Staar test scores. Other school teach the test all the time. If we taught the test more out scores would prob be higher.
Only In Trinity

Trinity, TX

#19 May 9, 2013
Just to inform others Trinity Independent School District is about to have the biggest turn over with teachers and staff!!!! Most of the High School teachers have already resigned due to all the problems within the district!!!! If the rumor are correct at Middle School with the changes in staffing then Middle School Teachers will be leaving with the High School teachers.. Parent and School Board Members better get their eyes and ears open and pay ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS!!!! Concerned Parent
parent of student

Euless, TX

#20 May 9, 2013
Only In Trinity wrote:
Just to inform others Trinity Independent School District is about to have the biggest turn over with teachers and staff!!!! Most of the High School teachers have already resigned due to all the problems within the district!!!! If the rumor are correct at Middle School with the changes in staffing then Middle School Teachers will be leaving with the High School teachers.. Parent and School Board Members better get their eyes and ears open and pay ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS!!!! Concerned Parent
Several teachers need to go because students are not learning from some of the teachers at the middle and high school both.

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