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on Mar 24, 2009
While I'm no fan of the testing mantras of "No Child Left Behind" from the Bush Admin., we have an opportunity to create at O'Connor School an academic oriented campus like those successful ventures in EPA, i.e., EPA Academy. The GAIS lease @ O'Connor expires in 2011, the other campuses are overcrowded per the MPSCD enrollment consultants report last month (i.e., Oak Knoll @ 750 kids when 500 is the cap for other K-5 campuses countywide). Laurel and Encinal are filling up fast in lower grades as well. We need another elementary campus asap to reduce class sizes district wide and target focused tutoring on struggling students, while helping O'Connor evolve into a magnet school for district wide academic excellence, Spanish immersion, etc.
Back to the low test scores. IMHO, It's tough to get an underperforming, undernourished kid from East Menlo to get up @ 6:30am to make the 7:55am starting bell across town. How can anyone expect them to compete on morning tests when they are sleep deprived and without sustaining protein rich breakfasts? An extra hour of sleep/breakfast time if they could get to O'Connor might be worth some consideration by the board.
This article is a prime example of challenges administers and some of the excellent teachers within the Ravenswood City School District face everyday with far greater numbers of students.
This is a wake up call for all who are keenly interested in All kids and their education. It is no longer them and us; it is What Are We Going to Do about It!
Typo should be administrators
since most privileged kids have access to tutors and proficient help with homework and under-privileged do not, it raises the question..... without outside [of school] help would anyone be passing?
It's unfair to label all kids from the Belle Haven neighborhood as sleep deprived and undernourished, and therefore unable to compete in the classroom. As the previous commenter stated, many high performing kids get extensive tutoring and parental support outside the classroom that may not be available to a Belle Haven student.
I also know from personal experience that it is possible for a kid to grow up in a relatively poor neighborhood, attend a school across town, and excel academically. We should have more confidence in our kids that they can and will succeed, and they will rise to the challenge.
Some folks never miss a chance to miss a chance. The school district has already decided to expand Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll and Hillside rather than open up small boutique schools. That ship has sailed. Construction has already begun, and the plan is being carried out as we speak.
Some folks just need to get a clue.
Sleep deprivation and nourishment causing low test scores for Blacks and Mexicans because the German American International School is on the O'Connor campus. That is too funny. [portion removed]
Not everyone is cut out to be a rocket scientist, no matter how much you wish it were so.
The school strategic plan has been announced and is being put into effect as we speak. Some folks need to get with the program.
[Portion removed] It certainly is true that not everybody is going to be a rocket scientist. But everybody should get some useful skills---and some of our rocket scientists today already do come from African and Mexican roots, and more will in the future.
Let's help them out, and we can also help ourselves out.
In not so many generations we will be roots too, and some of our branches will also have African and Mexican roots.
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