W.Va. identifies 32 low-performing sc...

W.Va. identifies 32 low-performing schools

There are 305 comments on the www.wvnstv.com story from Apr 12, 2013, titled W.Va. identifies 32 low-performing schools. In it, www.wvnstv.com reports that:

The West Virginia Board of Education has identified 32 low-performing schools across the state that will get additional support to meet the needs of their students.

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#21 Apr 12, 2013
Lesson Learned wrote:
I agree with most of what you said but it seems you were disparaging sports. It may be true that parents go to sports events more than to PTA meetings but I don't think that is the answer here. I don't remember my parents ever going to a PTA meeting (I went all the time), and although I was in the band in highschool they never went to a game or a concert (I never missed a game or anything event my son was involved in). I don't think they ever even went to see my highschool play when I had the LEAD part. But they sure did lay down the law at home about homework, going to school, and not getting into trouble at school. Hmmm, wonder if that is why my son graduated higher in his class than I did and why he is more succesful than I ever was.
I will reiterate that I think sports was a HUGE part of my son's success in school and in his later professional life. I have heard parents say "I'm not going to run all over the place taking him/her to games or this or that". Big, big mistake!
I'm not disparaging sports at all..Sports are great and they help some kids stay in school who might think about dropping out if it weren't for a sport they are interested in persuing.

Do schools not have evenings set aside after "progress reports" in which parents are given the opportunity to come in and talk to the teachers about their child's progress?...Yep, they do.

Point I was making on THOSE nights, where are all of the concerned parents?.....A small group in comparison to the total number of students in a school.

Now, if the school has a ballgame going on, with cheerleaders, students attending, and parents of course... How many show up?

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#22 Apr 12, 2013
I'm going to back up a little bit here. Not every kid is intereted in sports but whatever his interests are, parents need to support them.

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#23 Apr 12, 2013
Shootist wrote:
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I'm not disparaging sports at all..Sports are great and they help some kids stay in school who might think about dropping out if it weren't for a sport they are interested in persuing.
Do schools not have evenings set aside after "progress reports" in which parents are given the opportunity to come in and talk to the teachers about their child's progress?...Yep, they do.
Point I was making on THOSE nights, where are all of the concerned parents?.....A small group in comparison to the total number of students in a school.
Now, if the school has a ballgame going on, with cheerleaders, students attending, and parents of course... How many show up?
Again, I agree with everything you said except about sports. My son didn't need sports to keep him in school...it was just a bonus....play time after the grind. Of course it didn't equal what he learned in school...readin, writin, & rithmetic... but he learned some very important lessons that have probably done him as much good in being successful as anything he learned in school. Sports turned him into a competitor and that is what you have to be to succeed.

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#24 Apr 12, 2013
Lesson Learned wrote:
I'm going to back up a little bit here. Not every kid is intereted in sports but whatever his interests are, parents need to support them.
True.. I agree... I played sports myself all through my school years.... but unless a person is the one hundredth of one percent..(made that figure up.. don't know the exact "odds") who could possibly go on to be a professional ball player of one kind or another, should be encourged to the utmost to develope THEIR talents or aptitudes they can use to make a living with in the long run..

WE all have to eat and pay bills...That's just the way it is:)

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#25 Apr 12, 2013
Shootist wrote:
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True.. I agree... I played sports myself all through my school years.... but unless a person is the one hundredth of one percent..(made that figure up.. don't know the exact "odds") who could possibly go on to be a professional ball player of one kind or another, should be encourged to the utmost to develope THEIR talents or aptitudes they can use to make a living with in the long run..
WE all have to eat and pay bills...That's just the way it is:)
That's just it...you don't have to become a professional athlete to succeed from what you learn from playing sports. Or maybe it's not sports but boyscouts, or science, or music. Regardless of what a kid's interest or talent is he can only benefit from encouragement. That was my point. My son's interest happened to be sports and he has made good use of the lessons he learned. But of course he had to have a good basis in arts and sciences as well...that goes without saying...I would hope.
Think

Charleston, WV

#26 Apr 12, 2013
blame the teachers wrote:
Have to place some of the blame on teachers. Or are we just that stupid? It is rumored that a huge majority of teachers in WV have been treated for drug addiction, or alcoholism. I know a few and they party down.
Oh, but the parents aren't? Come on, it takes a village. Teachers are very limited with a classroom of disrespectful kids who just came from a household of disrespectful parents. Some kids want to learn and get encouragement from parents. Others have been up all night making deals for mom or dad.
SayWhat

Beckley, WV

#27 Apr 12, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
one thing more CMS they don't return calls are rude and blame anything but themselves and if you get one of them on the phone count on them being rude and cutting you off then quickly ending the call with no resolve. Their website has been shut down to public access all year long countless citizens have expressed this. My question is if you can't talk to them by phone or take time to speak in person which I understand many don't even have transportation to get to the schools or the working parent has the only transportation and no working website that tells me somebody does not want parents to have access to the school.
After reading your three posts, I am just flabbergasted that you did not pass out from lack of breathing. If you speak as you write, you have to be ADHD yourself. I got out of breath just reading it.
Chris

Harrisonburg, VA

#28 Apr 12, 2013
Lets be honest wrote:
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What a ridiculous, rambling rant!...all the sights Home Sales Great Schools...? Huh? Did you finish that entire box of wine in the fridge already? Maybe you should consider accompanying your children to school and sitting in on their English composition classes!
LOL.. "Concerned Citizen" drinks wine from a box. I bet "I Know" is his drinking buddy.
wow
#29 Apr 13, 2013
glad my daughter lives in raleigh county lol :) no worries over Here psht n my ex said being in fayette was a Good thing and Better than here lol So much for that hahahahahaha.
Think

Charleston, WV

#30 Apr 13, 2013
"Shootist", I agree with a lot of the things you say. Seems you are a mature, wise person. However, your name discerns me every time I see it, considering the age in which we live. Sorry, just sayin'. Causes bad connotations. Sad, huh?
nope

Beckley, WV

#31 Apr 13, 2013
Yes, let's blame it all on the teachers. Let's not blame the people who bring 4 or 5 kids into the world, with 4 or 5 different mates, having no intention of caring for them. Let's not blame the non-working, wagon-riding check recipients who set no example for their kids. Let's not blame state and federal governments who villify the schools and the teachers, and then wonder why there's such a lack of respect. Let's not blame the generation who believes they should be allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and then wonder why there is no discipline. Let's not blame the idiots making decisions about education who have never taught kids. Wake up, parents and citizens! Learn a little something! No, it's easier to blame teachers!
nope

Beckley, WV

#32 Apr 13, 2013
To "Concerned Citizen", I am assuming the "CMS" you're griping about is Collins Middle School. I don't live in Fayette Co., and know little about it, other than the football team is a bust. However, sites like Great Schools and Home Sales display only the OPINIONS of residents. They are not verified and not necessarily truthful. I would bet that you are a chronic complainer and that "bullying" is an excuse for not sending your kids to school. I am seeing the same crap happen in my own family right now. Baby boy doesn't want to go to school, he claims someone is bullying him, Mommy lets him stay home.

What my niece and parents like you don't realize is that when you bad-mouth the school and the teachers, you are essentially ruining your child's future.As for the principals not cooperating, maybe they have exhausted every means of cooperation, or maybe they think you're a nut and nothing will make you happy.

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#33 Apr 13, 2013
Think wrote:
"Shootist", I agree with a lot of the things you say. Seems you are a mature, wise person. However, your name discerns me every time I see it, considering the age in which we live. Sorry, just sayin'. Causes bad connotations. Sad, huh?
Thanks, and I have to admit you're right concerning bad conotations of my moniker in this day and age...

Best think of it in terms of Good guys vs. bad guys... Like Gary Cooper in High Noon (not camparing myself to him of course):)

Good guys carry guns also....

As "Dirty Harry" said:...(paraphazing of course)...Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot:)

(Bad guys):)

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#34 Apr 13, 2013
nope wrote:
Yes, let's blame it all on the teachers. Let's not blame the people who bring 4 or 5 kids into the world, with 4 or 5 different mates, having no intention of caring for them. Let's not blame the non-working, wagon-riding check recipients who set no example for their kids. Let's not blame state and federal governments who villify the schools and the teachers, and then wonder why there's such a lack of respect. Let's not blame the generation who believes they should be allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and then wonder why there is no discipline. Let's not blame the idiots making decisions about education who have never taught kids. Wake up, parents and citizens! Learn a little something! No, it's easier to blame teachers!
Excellent points.
pro sucess

Beckley, WV

#35 Apr 13, 2013
Until there is cultural shift toward self-reliance, responsibility, and respect we will hear the same arguments and see the same results. We can do our very best to undo trauma, teach our lessons and inspire greatness, but it is heartbreaking to know it is often undone or unappreciated at home. There are simply great teachers out there just like great parents....but those seem to rarely form a team and work together - it seems we often complain and rarely praise --- it goes along way.
Ruthie

Bluefield, WV

#36 Apr 13, 2013
Teachers work hard and put in long hours teaching and caring for our children. They have to teach so the children do well on the standardized tests and that may not be the subjects we were taught as kids. Also, some parents do not really care whether their child gets an education or not so they let them stay home for no good reason or they do not see to it that their child is doing what they need to do until their child is far behind. So let's not blame teachers. Lets put the blame on the students, the parents and society for not realizing that not all children learn the same way, that not all children are going to be A students but that every child needs to do their best.
Hagatha May

Orlando, FL

#37 Apr 17, 2013
Jack Daniels wrote:
Barbour, Philippi Middle, Junior Elementary; Berkeley, Burke Street Elementary; Braxton, Braxton County High; Cabell, Peyton Elementary, Enslow Middle; Fayette, Ansted Elementary, Collins Middle; Grant, Union Educational Complex; Hampshire, Hampshire Senior High; Kanawha, Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, Watts Elementary, J E Robins Elementary; Lincoln, Lincoln County High, Midway Elementary; Logan, Buffalo Elementary, Man Senior High, Chapmanville Senior High; Mercer, Spanishburg School; Mingo, Gilbert Middle, Williamson Middle; McDowell, Southside K-8, Mount View High; Preston, Tunnelton-Denver Elementary; Summers, Summers County High School; Taylor, Anna Jarvis Elementary; Wayne, East Lynn Elementary, Wayne Middle; Webster, Webster County High, Glade Middle; and Wood, Jefferson Elementary, Franklin Elementary.
Not surprised in the least possum. I've always heard that most of the little possums in WV should be on the "short bus". Either inbred or retarded or both. TaTa for now Lady of Quality
truth2

Beckley, WV

#38 Apr 17, 2013
Hagatha May wrote:
<quoted text>Not surprised in the least possum. I've always heard that most of the little possums in WV should be on the "short bus". Either inbred or retarded or both. TaTa for now Lady of Quality
HG the term 'short bus' was passe years ago,but anyway your ISP address is interesting.
Hagatha May

Orlando, FL

#39 Apr 17, 2013
truth2 wrote:
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HG the term 'short bus' was passe years ago,but anyway your ISP address is interesting.
Jesus was passe years ago too possum, but is still relevant. Yes my ISP is interesting. I love living here in Heathrow,Florida. We live in a very exclusive community just about 10- 15 miles outside Orlando. Our mansion is quite lovely with 12000 square feet and a lovely indoor and outdoor pool. Please don't think me cruel possum, I am just entertained by the uneducated possums in Wrong Turn country. They do intrigue me and at the same time cause me some anxiety. In other words I find them exciting. They tend to shoot from the hip, so to speak and react now and think later. Yes, jolly exciting possum. TaTa for now Lady of Quality
truth

Beckley, WV

#40 Apr 17, 2013
I'm surprised Independence isn't on here. The teachers there are either crazy, stupid, or sleeping with a student. Some are all three.

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