hoxiegirl

Enterprise, AL

#61 Aug 28, 2009
i do know the softball coach has a record and the school knows it cause they did a background check. oh boy really who i want teaching my kids.
Support for First Wife

Jonesboro, AR

#62 Aug 28, 2009
Burt wrote:
I think your a little full of yourself "concerned parent". I mean i agree with alot you have to say but nobody is here for a self glory kick. I went to school in Hoxie and I hated it. Im not from the area and nobody every treated me like I was but Coach Dennis Truxler did. I think Donna Pinkston is one of the worst parts of Hoxie School system. I think we should also focus on more one on one teaching. I dont think having a state of the art computer lab helps kids learn better than just good teaching. Hey thats just my opinion.
I am not sure of your experiences with Donna Pinkston, but I assure you every thing she does is for the greater good of the school and the students. As I'm sure every one is aware, Hoxie is filled with children and teens that come from troubled homes. She goes beyond what is recommended of her job description to help any student in need. I'm not saying she does not push her boundries, but every thing she does is for your greater good. I've heard people say, "Well she helped so and so but wouldn't help me out." That's only because she knew one hundred percent that person could accomplish his or her goal.
Hoxie

Jonesboro, AR

#63 Aug 28, 2009
Concerned Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I knew that last comment would spark someone on the wrong side. First of all, "Guest" I have family in this area, that were born and raised here. So I have roots here. Secondly, I did not make any comments regarding the people around here being poorly educated or hicks. And the attacks and assumptions on my children are undeserved. Maybe what the problem is, I have seen better educational standards, and education should be uniform across this country. It is not, and when you are not happy with something what do you do? You try to make it right.
And as a nurse, you are not qualified to make a mental diagnosis of any sort. Heck, you are not allowed to make a diagnosis period, and you know that is unethical on your behalf. To clarify the term neruosis, it is classified in the DSM as psychoneurosis, and it is described as a person who has feelings of anixety, obsessive thoughts, compulsive actions, etc. Not to be confused with pyschosis which is totally different. Just so you know Miss, I am a Psychologist. Stick to your medical field, let the right professionals handle menatl issues.
I'm not saying Hoxie is the greatest school, but which school exactly have you been to with such wonderful standands? You mentioned earlier that you don't want just any sub teaching your kids ... yet all of Arkansas has the same standards. True, your private schools may have some ritzy woman named, "FiFi" or "Muffin" be a sub, but over all, the standards are the same. And at least Hoxie gives every one a chance and treats others as equals.
nice

Jonesboro, AR

#64 Nov 24, 2009
black river wrote:
Try Walnut Ridge.
Hate to burst your bubble, but we have many parent programs in place at Walnut Ridge. I was a student a hoxie and my children will never attend there because of things just like this.
fyi

United States

#65 Nov 28, 2009
first of all not so sure there are background checks done on the subs or some of those thieves and whores wouldn't be up there..and second the whole system needs a make-over every department is lacking and no matter how many phone calls or trips to the office you make it never changes!!we have kids in high school who kick girls in the private area and punch them in the head and nothing is done because he's on the football team and what about the no bullying policy? then other kids get detention for the smallest things day after day, and when is it ever okay for a teacher to lay thier hands on a student? do i like hoxie school? no way, but my kids have been there since kindergarten and do not wish to change and i don't figure its any better anywhere else!!!
Been there

Terrell, TX

#66 Nov 29, 2009
Concerned Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
Burt, I do believe you are mistaken. I am not on a self glory kick, nor am I full of myself. What is happening here is the school officals are griping about not having parents wanting to be involved. I am telling them I do and I can do a lot for the school as well as the children. Honestly I think they are intimidated by the fact that I am not from here, and when I see something going wrong, I call them on it. My point is I do not want to be known as the parent that only complains when something is not right. I want to help them, I have signed numerous volunteer papers and over the course of an entire year, I have not recieved one phone call to help. I have met and spoke with every one of my children's teachers, evevn in the high school, and told them I am the one to call when you are in need. But, there have been many problems, one teacher called me and asked me"Are you saying I am not doing my job right?" just because I asked her to provide a copy of the IEP records from my child's old school because she made marked progress there and was falling further behind here. I assure you this has nothing to do with my parenting, and eerything to do with the fact that school is not being operated right. All I want to do is help them, and they do not want it, but they will sit there and whine about no parental involvement.
I am sorry that you are having a hard time here. I am not from here either and ran into the same problem at Walnut Ridge. If you are not from here they hesitate to call you. My oldest goes to Walnut Ridge and struggles, but once he left middle school. It got a little better for him in high school He also has an IEP. My Youngest goes to Hoxie, I see really no difference in schools. Each one has negatives and postives. I would suggest that you find out when they have there next school board meeting and go address the issue I guarantee that the issue will be resolved. If you are still unhappy you can contact the department of Education. If you go to arkansased.org there are links that will help you to contact the right person to talk with The superintendents do not want you to do either and will fix the problem. IF you are a resident of Hoxie if you fill out a freedom of choice before July 1st your kids can switch schools they do not need permission from the superintendent. I truly hope it gets better for you.

Please remember that each school will have its problems. My youngest is at hoxie due to some problems that went on at Walnut Ridge. My oldest did not want to switch because of friends.
another one

Lake Charles, LA

#67 Nov 29, 2009
AIN'T it great that we have two little schools here that we can jump back and forth between when we are not happy with one!!
Teacher

Bossier City, LA

#68 Nov 29, 2009
A lot of the problems with bullying would be solved if students had to attend the school that is in the district they live in and did not have a choice. A student can show out and be disresptful and bully all he wants because the schools compete for numbers and they will not do anything to any of those students for fear they will go to the other school. Both schools are afraid of losing students. If they had to stay at one school then they would have to behave or suffer the consequences because they could not threaten to leave.I would love for it to be a law that they attend the school that is in the district they live in.
Teacher

Bossier City, LA

#69 Nov 29, 2009
Add to the above, that parents also threaten to pull their child if a teacher tries to make their child do what is right or punishes them for what they do wrong. Again if they did not have a choice on where they can attend, the parents would not be treatening all the time to move them because their child would have to behave and abide by rules or suffer the consequences.
reality

Lake Charles, LA

#70 Dec 1, 2009
I also attended Hoxie 12 years and the schools has alot of very good caring teachers that are there for the right reasons. But we have some that are drawing there pay as most jobs do. The teachers that care constantly fight the battles of parents and administration because they have no support from the administration. Again like a broken record we are caught up in who you are as to what is done. Administration from the school board, superintendent and principals/assistants is really hurting our reputation and ability to be the fantastic school we could be. We will probably have to hit rock bottom before anyone opens there eyes to what is really by happening. All schools have problems I know but we bring alot on ourselves as well because we as parents can not band together to demand change. I realize it is for fear of what will happen to our children, I am guilty of setting back for the same reason.
Hoxie mom

Lake Charles, LA

#71 Dec 2, 2009
I have to say to the mom who is downing the special ed program at Hoxie, I know for a fact that Mrs. Sears does a great job and so do the teachers. I do think there should be some changes made at that school, that school is ran by those kids. Just today a student got out of class and went and got another student to threaten her for something that was wrote on the bathroom wall nothing happen to this student. I really think McMullen needs to do his job and so does Mrs.Powell. Also on the issue of the subs Hoxie is no different than any other school in Ar. Hoxie school is not what it use to be.
they

Lake Charles, LA

#72 Dec 2, 2009
Question; What is the state dept. doing at the elementry school this week?
Education

Pocahontas, AR

#73 Dec 9, 2009
Concerned Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree with you, for instance, I can walk into Hoxie school in any door that is there, I never get questioned by staff that doesn't know me, which is almost everyone of them. I never have to sign in, or wear a guest pass on my shirt. The safety in Hoxie school is an issue as well. You are supposed to go sign out your child in the office to leave early, and take a paper to the teacher, I can not tell you how many times they told me to just go ahead, I'll give her the paper, or I will put it in her box. There is no security there. No measures in place to prevent an unwanted individual from coming to a classroom and saying the lady in the office said she would put the paper in your box, and walking out with a child when they are not supposed to.
Sounds like you should have furthered your education and became a superintendent, principle or even a teacher then you could run your own school. Hoxie School has security cameras. If you are so involved you would think you would know that "concerned parent"
Psychologist

Pocahontas, AR

#74 Dec 9, 2009
Concerned Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I knew that last comment would spark someone on the wrong side. First of all, "Guest" I have family in this area, that were born and raised here. So I have roots here. Secondly, I did not make any comments regarding the people around here being poorly educated or hicks. And the attacks and assumptions on my children are undeserved. Maybe what the problem is, I have seen better educational standards, and education should be uniform across this country. It is not, and when you are not happy with something what do you do? You try to make it right.
And as a nurse, you are not qualified to make a mental diagnosis of any sort. Heck, you are not allowed to make a diagnosis period, and you know that is unethical on your behalf. To clarify the term neruosis, it is classified in the DSM as psychoneurosis, and it is described as a person who has feelings of anixety, obsessive thoughts, compulsive actions, etc. Not to be confused with pyschosis which is totally different. Just so you know Miss, I am a Psychologist. Stick to your medical field, let the right professionals handle menatl issues.
I am a Psychologist and LOVE HOXIE SCHOOLS. They have been wonderful to my children and my family. Please, I would think with your education you would be more... professional. These are well educated, hard working men and women that deserve respect. Please, I am thinking our schools would be much better off without you a part of them. You think TOPIX is going to help you? NO. Just making a fool of your self.
Not Bad

Jonesboro, AR

#75 Dec 10, 2009
They must be doing OK over at Hoxie. They just made the list of the best high schools in the US. They didn't take gold or silver, but it's better than nothing.
http://www.usnews.com/listings/high-schools/a...
...And no. Not everyone makes this list. Walnut Ridge isn't even on it.
Concerned Citizen

Lake Charles, LA

#76 Dec 11, 2009
Not Bad wrote:
They must be doing OK over at Hoxie. They just made the list of the best high schools in the US. They didn't take gold or silver, but it's better than nothing.
http://www.usnews.com/listings/high-schools/a...
...And no. Not everyone makes this list. Walnut Ridge isn't even on it.
Check out the methodology used to form this list. It is skewed. The #1 test scoring school, Valley View, is not included as are many others left off. It follows a strange method for calculating the data among such is using proficiency rates for the least advantaged students using an index that measures the effective "distance" from statistically expected performance based on the statistical relationship between student poverty and performance. The school rankings did not take the absolute level. It seems to reward schools that have low achievement standards. Of course, it is easier to meet low standards then high ones. Hoxie must have made this list due to poverty-adjusted performance index. All other indicators were not available or not used.
Answer Back

Lake Charles, LA

#77 Dec 11, 2009
they wrote:
Question; What is the state dept. doing at the elementry school this week?
Too low test scores for past several years have gotten the school a personal visit from the state department with the hopes of improvement. The state wants to actually see what the heck is going on there because apparently it is not focusing on academics.
Bleed Hoxie Green

Jonesboro, AR

#78 Dec 11, 2009
first off I did not read all the BS above I have lived in Hoxie all my life I went K-12 to Hoxie.

I know Hoxie has its problems as all schools do I think the problems begin with to much goverment involvment in the school systems.

I do not care for the fact that most of the teachers first name seems to be coach I wish the would abolish sports in schools it is a HORRID waste of resources.

Consolidation is NEVER the answer I graduated over 20 years ago went on to college and have had a fairly successful life and career and have seen many consolidations discourage whole generations of students from trying.

just my 2 cents worth
former student of hoxie

Jonesboro, AR

#79 Dec 12, 2009
The parent involvement excuse is crazy. Hoxie has numerous ideas for parents to involve themselves. It is just a lot of parents are too worried bout themselves. Hoxie has terrific opportunities for students and parents.
shoelessjoe

Aubrey, TX

#80 Dec 12, 2009
this should not even be discussed on walnut ridge topix site. walnut ridge never has and never will say anything good about hoxie school. there has to be a reason why walnut ridge school enrollment is getting smaller each year .the last time i checked i believe hoxie's enrollment is getting bigger .things can't be all bad with hoxie.

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