Ulysses schools
mommagurl

Ulysses, KS

#1 Dec 13, 2009
What are the schools like? Are the teachers decent? Are there really "gangs"? Whats the dress code like? What do they offer as far as extra curricular programs?
A dear friend is thinking of moving closer to me and her children are 8 years,14 years, and 16 years old.
Tks!
Rufus

Ulysses, KS

#3 Dec 19, 2009
From your post on the pregnancy in schools thread, it seems like you have a good heart, yet expect things to be perfect. Like any community, there is good and bad. I wonder if you are just trying to get responses, because if you really wanted to know, you would ask your friends. Judging from your previous posts, you could ask those in your church as well. I think that our teachers are good, for the most part. I don't know if there is a dress code, other than for school appropriate clothing. Ulysses has tremendous opportunities for extra curricular activities for a town this size. Gangs? I don't think so, but I do see some "tagging" around town. Mostly lower income Hispanics without a lot of supervision. Oh hell, ALL lower income Hispanics with out a lot of supervision. Let's be honest and throw out being politically correct. Our police are on top of it in a big way, including the school resource officer. Where do they live now? It could be better, or it could be worse. If he/she is thinking of moving here to be closer to you, there are other things to be concerned about.
-tink-

Ulysses, KS

#4 Dec 19, 2009
Mommagurl,
I grew up here and graduated highschool here. I personally think Ulysses is a great town to raise children. The schools aren't bad either. The superintendent is a dipshit, and most the school board doesn't have a backbone...but the school principals and teachers do a wonderful job. I worked in the jr high for awhile and that was an eye opened. I have more appreciation and respect for our teachers! They have there hands tied when it comes to certin issues but they do a damn good job trying. I don't think it's the schools so much as it is the parents. If your friend practices discipline with the children and has taught them how to respect others, there shouldn't be any problems. It's the parents that raise those disrespectful kids that think they can smart off to whomever that's he problem. Ulysses has many rec activities for kids.. And there are many opportunities in school, as far as sports and clubs. There are many churches hat have activities for kids as well .....
Hope this helps. I've said it before, we are a tight town, we watch out and take care of eachother. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind us....but we are that closeknit, and take care of our own...
u town vet

Tulsa, OK

#5 Dec 21, 2009
ulysses is a town of people having affairs and teen pregnancy. to be a local police officer you must have an affair. their is and always will be a high rate of drugs. every body trying tomake money the fast way . as far as teen pregnancy , girls are starting at a younger age
mommagurl

Ulysses, KS

#6 Dec 21, 2009
Rufus wrote:
From your post on the pregnancy in schools thread, it seems like you have a good heart, yet expect things to be perfect. Like any community, there is good and bad. I wonder if you are just trying to get responses, because if you really wanted to know, you would ask your friends. Judging from your previous posts, you could ask those in your church as well. I think that our teachers are good, for the most part. I don't know if there is a dress code, other than for school appropriate clothing. Ulysses has tremendous opportunities for extra curricular activities for a town this size. Gangs? I don't think so, but I do see some "tagging" around town. Mostly lower income Hispanics without a lot of supervision. Oh hell, ALL lower income Hispanics with out a lot of supervision. Let's be honest and throw out being politically correct. Our police are on top of it in a big way, including the school resource officer. Where do they live now? It could be better, or it could be worse. If he/she is thinking of moving here to be closer to you, there are other things to be concerned about.
Wow, you sure can be an angry feller.
I'm asking legit questions here. SHE is looking to move here, not to get "closer" to me, but to give her children a chance. Major difference from downtown LA to SW Kansas.
I do not attend a church, not yet anyways. I can not give her advice, I'm not origionally from here. I do not have "friends" in Ulysses. I am a quiet resident of GRANT county.
Looks like her daughter will enjoy the activities, and since her boy needs special attention, I gather the school may be able to help her out there. All good news so far.
Back home we DID donate, feed, and help the homeless, and those who fell upon hard times.
I do not expect perfection, however, I did HOPE my post could have brought about a constructive conversation, to which something could be done.
I won't bother with anymore questions concerning your opinions. My intentions wasn't to harm or offend, only try to get a better feel for Ulysses. I see now, I dare not ask about any type of community support for which I think might help another.
mommagurl

Ulysses, KS

#7 Dec 21, 2009
-tink- wrote:
Mommagurl,
I grew up here and graduated highschool here. I personally think Ulysses is a great town to raise children. The schools aren't bad either. The superintendent is a dipshit, and most the school board doesn't have a backbone...but the school principals and teachers do a wonderful job. I worked in the jr high for awhile and that was an eye opened. I have more appreciation and respect for our teachers! They have there hands tied when it comes to certin issues but they do a damn good job trying. I don't think it's the schools so much as it is the parents. If your friend practices discipline with the children and has taught them how to respect others, there shouldn't be any problems. It's the parents that raise those disrespectful kids that think they can smart off to whomever that's he problem. Ulysses has many rec activities for kids.. And there are many opportunities in school, as far as sports and clubs. There are many churches hat have activities for kids as well .....
Hope this helps. I've said it before, we are a tight town, we watch out and take care of eachother. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind us....but we are that closeknit, and take care of our own...
Thanks so much Tink.
I will let her know. I accept she has established a decent amount of respect and limitations for her kids. Just by speaking with her yesterday, I realize her main concern and interest is her children. Her husband passed away 7 months ago. I believe she is simply looking for a fresh start. Again, thank you.
Rufus

Ulysses, KS

#8 Dec 24, 2009
mommagurl wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow, you sure can be an angry feller.
I'm asking legit questions here. SHE is looking to move here, not to get "closer" to me, but to give her children a chance. Major difference from downtown LA to SW Kansas.
I do not attend a church, not yet anyways. I can not give her advice, I'm not origionally from here. I do not have "friends" in Ulysses. I am a quiet resident of GRANT county.
Looks like her daughter will enjoy the activities, and since her boy needs special attention, I gather the school may be able to help her out there. All good news so far.
Back home we DID donate, feed, and help the homeless, and those who fell upon hard times.
I do not expect perfection, however, I did HOPE my post could have brought about a constructive conversation, to which something could be done.
I won't bother with anymore questions concerning your opinions. My intentions wasn't to harm or offend, only try to get a better feel for Ulysses. I see now, I dare not ask about any type of community support for which I think might help another.
I did not mean to come off...well...mean. I think that this is basically a good town. It has some issues, as do all small towns, or large ones for that matter. I think that the recreation programs are more than adequate for a place this size, and the schools are decent. Like anything, you can get out of something what you put into it. We do have our fair share of kids, I think, that like to wear their pants down around their knees and parents who don't care. That is an issue with me. Like I said, I think that you have a good heart, from what you have posted. There is nothing wrong with trying to help others, as it makes you feel better about your own issues, I feel. It's good to help, I just seem to be a bit jaded at the moment. I hope things work out.
Dont move here

Ulysses, KS

#9 Dec 24, 2009
the schools are full of fakes....the principal and teachers favor the rich kids....and if your not richer than god then your kids will be harassed and stuff....
Rufus

Ulysses, KS

#10 Dec 25, 2009
If I were an english teacher, I would harass you! lol
the 6th cheeseburger

Ulysses, KS

#11 Dec 25, 2009
Rufus wrote:
If I were an english teacher, I would harass you! lol
can you say pedo_phile minus the underscore?
wow

Holcomb, KS

#12 Jul 13, 2010
-tink- wrote:
Mommagurl,
I grew up here and graduated highschool here. I personally think Ulysses is a great town to raise children. The schools aren't bad either. The superintendent is a dipshit, and most the school board doesn't have a backbone...but the school principals and teachers do a wonderful job. I worked in the jr high for awhile and that was an eye opened. I have more appreciation and respect for our teachers! They have there hands tied when it comes to certin issues but they do a damn good job trying. I don't think it's the schools so much as it is the parents. If your friend practices discipline with the children and has taught them how to respect others, there shouldn't be any problems. It's the parents that raise those disrespectful kids that think they can smart off to whomever that's he problem. Ulysses has many rec activities for kids.. And there are many opportunities in school, as far as sports and clubs. There are many churches hat have activities for kids as well .....
Hope this helps. I've said it before, we are a tight town, we watch out and take care of eachother. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind us....but we are that closeknit, and take care of our own...
The newest school board members joined to keep the superintendent from pulling all the bs that he got away with before. They're doing a good job.
The Border Bandito

Ulysses, KS

#13 Jul 14, 2010
I think that our schools do a good job. There was an article in the GC paper recently that discussed AYP and no child left behind and their failures in that area. I did not fully realize that there are so many subgroups that determine a schools success in making Average Yearly Progress. It seems that schools can do exceptionally well in some sub groups and still fail. I am sure that Ulysses has similar demographics as GC, with low income, limited English speakers, and similar subgroups making it difficult for every school in our part of the state to make it. It seems to me that a school with middle and higher income students, with a low hispanic population, would always test higher. I don't think that makes them a better school. I am curious. How would we test if we used the same demographics as the wealthier Kansas City suburbs like Blue Valley and threw out the scores of our low income and limited English kids, for example?
UHS Mexican

Ulysses, KS

#14 Jul 15, 2010
The Border Bandito wrote:
I think that our schools do a good job. There was an article in the GC paper recently that discussed AYP and no child left behind and their failures in that area. I did not fully realize that there are so many subgroups that determine a schools success in making Average Yearly Progress. It seems that schools can do exceptionally well in some sub groups and still fail. I am sure that Ulysses has similar demographics as GC, with low income, limited English speakers, and similar subgroups making it difficult for every school in our part of the state to make it. It seems to me that a school with middle and higher income students, with a low hispanic population, would always test higher. I don't think that makes them a better school. I am curious. How would we test if we used the same demographics as the wealthier Kansas City suburbs like Blue Valley and threw out the scores of our low income and limited English kids, for example?
How would Ulysses test if we had the same teachers as Blue Valley?
Observation

Holcomb, KS

#15 Jul 15, 2010
Seriously, if our schools are inadequate somehow does the blame solely rest with the school? Perhaps, perhaps partly it's the fault of the students themselves, or horror of horrors, maybe even parents can share in the blame. The kids will get out of the school system proportionally what they put into it.

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