Garfield school has no regard for parents..
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Posted by Julie A Johnson (+2) 8 years ago
Garfield school has no regard for parents..
Its wrong when a 6th grade teacher at Garfield school refuses to let one of her student's call his parent, who is waiting outside, when the teacher is holding him after school.
This is what happened to me yesterday when I was waiting to pick up my son. I waited for over 30 minutes before I called the office to see why my son didn't come out of the school. I went into to get him when I was told by the secretary that he would be another 10 to 15 minutes.
I was told by this 6th grade teacher, it's their policy that my son had to finish all his missing work after school, and believe this, it's not a requirement for them to call, or even let the child call you.
This homework issue was from the day before, when my son forgot his homework and returned to get it. His teacher was out on the playground and couldn't unlock her classroom door for him. She told him that he could do it the next day. But what really upsets me, this teacher never told my son that Garfield's principal could have opened the door, she had done so for several other students that day.
My son was allowed just an hour and a half, study hall, to do all his homework. that was not enough time.
Garfield school principal and teachers alike need to remember that some of us have to leave work to pick up our children since there is no bus system in place. And a courtesy call to the parent should be a policy.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14724) 8 years ago
Wait just a minute...








You may continue...
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+756) 8 years ago
Wow! What a perfect example of what is so horribly wrong with our

A) Schools

B) Kids

C) Parents

I hope someone finds the cartoon that recently illustrated this scene so well.
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Posted by Kacey (+3152) 8 years ago
My main question is why would you sit there for half an hour waiting without going to see what was wrong?

My scenario: Your child doesn't come out with the rest of the class. Wait five minutes. When no more children come out go in to the office. Check in. Have them contact your child's teacher and see what is going on.

When you find out why your child is being kept after school ask to speak to the principal. Ask if she did indeed let other children in to the classrooms. And if the answer is yes, then ask why your son was not allowed that option. Did he ask the principal or office secretary to get in to the classroom?

Did you son go to the office and tell them you were waiting outside and that he needed to call you? Was he refused a phone call? And obviously if he could call you outside you had a cell phone. Why did YOU not call the school if you didn't want to get out of your car and go inside? You need to be responsible for your actions or lack thereof.

This would also be a good opportunity for you to show your son how to be responsible for his own actions. He is the one who forgot his homework. It's not like he is in kindergarten or first grade where the teachers check the backpacks as the students go out the door to see if they have their papers.

You chose to wait the 30 minutes. Tell your son it was your choice, not his fault that you sat outside without knowing what was happening.

And go apologize for your rant on here to the principal. I know she reads the posts on this site.

Now on a personal note.

My daughter also teaches at Garfield. She is part of Garfield School. She has the highest regard for the parents of her students and does her best seven days a week to provide quality education.

Your derogatory remark is aimed toward everyone who works at Garfield from the principal to the janitorial staff.

You owe everyone at the school at apology for your inept manner of dealing with what could have been a very small issue.

[This message has been edited by Kacey (3/23/2013)]
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Posted by chrisjm80 (+81) 8 years ago
This is the message that the Maroochydore High School Queensland, staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine . This is the actual answering machine message for the school. This came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework. The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children's failing grades changed to passing grades - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes.

The outgoing message:

Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1

To make excuses for why your child did not do his work - Press 2

To complain about what we do - Press 3

To swear at staff members - Press 4

To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5

If you want us to raise your child - Press 6

If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7

To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8

To complain about bus transportation - Press 9

To complain about school lunches - Press 0

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be Accountable and responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!


-Might be a hoax but really fits today's world.
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Posted by Elizabeth Emilsson (+790) 8 years ago
Finally, the school really should have been willing to discuss this with you. The principal should have started the dialog, with a statement , 'I can see you're upset , Mrs. Johnson. It seems we have a communication problem." Perhaps we should plan what we can do, so you aren't unnecessarily kept waiting. If you have your cell phone with you, call our office to let them know you are waiting outside. Or you can give the teacher your number to call you if she needs to keep your son later. Communication is essential for every problem. Schooll staff need to remember that.
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Posted by Lori Barnett (+99) 8 years ago
My daughter has attended Garfield since kindergarden and will be a sixth grader next year. I have not had problem one with this school, their curricular structure, or any of the faculty. Especially the principal. She has always given 110 percent to everyone involved in this school. She is fair and thorough and intelligent. I am proud to say that my daughter is a Garfield student. Kids aren't perfect and niether are any of the rest of us. Homework is the responsibility of the student. But for them to be successful we all need to do our part. Rules are rules and I am sure t.his will be a lesson learned to remember his homework from now on.
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Posted by Diesel (+177) 8 years ago
A phone call should be implemented as a must if a child is being held after school. This is a safety hazard for what if in that time your child was actually taken and the school did not know where they were at. You would be waiting and thinking your child will be coming out in a half hour and the person(s) who took them have a half hour head start. Please think of this as it is truly in today's society something that could happen. It is essential that beyond school hours if your child is not where they should be and the school knows it they should allow you to know where they are at. This could possibly place the school as a liability if something should happen to your child if you assumed they were in school after hours because they do not allow them to communicate that with you.
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Posted by Simon Niece (+306) 8 years ago
Garfield School is an excellent school; and all the staff I have been in contact with go above and beyond. Parents of Garfield students should be grateful!!
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Posted by Sarrie (+71) 8 years ago
I agree a phone call should be made. But I personally would never have waited half an hour to go in and ask where my child was.
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Posted by Anns (+117) 8 years ago
I too have never had any problems. And my daughter LOVES the 6th grade teachers!!
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Posted by Brandy Allen (-2405) 6 years ago
Some people were not made to lead and some don't think before they act. I have personally experienced where Garfield school has treated parents as though they have no rights to their child during school hours. I tried to speak with a teacher about my child getting into advanced math and I was kicked out of the school and threated to have the cops called. When I called later and asked why I was denied. I was told "What would we do if every parent tried coming up to the school to talk to the teachers". I simply responded I thought that would be an excellent idea without parent involvement no child will get what they need out of school. Parents and students and teachers have responsibilities they need to step up to and open communication is GOOD. To the lady who started this post yes if your child will be held you should be notified immediately. Many of our school kids ride their bikes home or have younger siblings they walk with each kid's situation is different and as a parent we are where the buck stops. I think all parents should take a look at the new policies coming out because they deny your rights to your child. This is county wide not just Garfield.
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Posted by Brandy Allen (-2405) 6 years ago
The principle threaten to call the cops on me when I. Asked to give my daughter something a couple minutes before the final bell. I told her it couldn't, wait, that I had two other children to get somewhere and my daughter was going to stay after to do some library stuff.
Now the rest of the parents whom want to see their kids regardless of time just walk in and go to the class. I however, felt compelled to alert the secretary and principle before going up the stairs. While waiting for permission, I witnessed two parents just walk on to their kids classroom. The principle wanted to laugh while telling me no just wait till the bell rings. Now I had my autistic son and 2 mth old in tow, so her schedule didn't work.

I mentioned this to the principle, and she got mad! It got to the point that I walked out and on the way I said f-you lady. She followed me out yelling the whole way.
My kids are now going to Lincoln and highland, no more crazy old feminist that cannot handle a male parent being involved.
And the parents that entered the school while I was being grilled as to why I needed inn were both women.
I still don,t like the openly homosexual teacher at the school explaining life and love to my daughter either, she confused enough herself, leave my kids alone and teach reading writing and arithmetic.
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Posted by Bridgier (+8985) 6 years ago
My kids are now going to Lincoln and highland, no more crazy old feminist that cannot handle a male parent being involved.


DANNY K IN THE HOUSE!!!
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1664) 6 years ago
We LOVE that "crazy old feminist!" Garfield School is an amazing school. Between our three children, we have been involved with that school for almost a decade continuously and have had zero, and I mean ZERO, problems in that period of time. And that assessment comes from a family with a very involved male parent, probably more so than the female parent. If you are having problems, especially repeated, perhaps you should look inward. This school is full of wonderful human beings and they do not deserve to be libeled in this manner. Good luck at your new schools. I hope you have nothing but wonderful experiences there, but should that not be the case, try handling it in a private manner with the people involved, instead of publicly smearing their names. Best of luck!
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Posted by SeptyTwo (+665) 6 years ago
Yep... Came here in 2006. Enrolled my 3 kids, and in the 6 plus years they were in elementary, I haven't any problems either.

In fact the Principal herself went above and beyond and gave one on one help when our youngest was having issues. She also helped my middle daughter personally when she needed it.

The whole school was/IS awesome in my opinion.

Now:

Brandy Allen:

It got to the point that I walked out and on the way I said f-you lady.



Denise Selk:

If you are having problems, especially repeated, perhaps you should look inward.


Denise Selk sums it all up in that one sentence.
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Posted by Bridgier (+8985) 6 years ago
FIGHT THE POWER DANNY K! JUST LIKE YOU DID DOWN IN BUNKERSVILLE!

MORAN LABE!!!
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1277) 6 years ago
There's homosexuals in Miles City?
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Posted by Bridgier (+8985) 6 years ago
And having the temerity to teach Miles City's precious snowflakes, no less...
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Posted by Kacey (+3152) 6 years ago
To Brandy Allen,

With all the violence in schools who do you think you are to go in demanding, getting angry and swearing at the principal? You are lucky the cops didn't haul you off for questioning. All psychos that go into schools with guns don't have to be men. The safety of the students and faculty are of upmost importance at Garfield.

It was NOT the principal's fault that your daughter needed something she forgot. My kids were raised to be responsible for themselves. They knew if they forgot something or didn't get an assignment done that they would pay the consequences. They grew up to be amazing teachers.

It was YOUR mannerisms that upset the balance. If you had other things to do or places to go or children to care for, again, it was NOT the principal's fault. Why did you feel you were of more importance that everyone else? This sense of entitlement that you should come first is probably what started it going wrong.

So two other parents walked in and just to the classrooms without checking in to the office? How do you know they were "just" parents and not working there as aids or in the classrooms for special projects? You do not.

Your behavior was abominable and I feel heartsick that you are teaching your children that this is acceptable behavior.

As others have said, good luck at the other schools. And be sure and post your next rant when something happens at one of them and it isn't your fault again.
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Posted by SeptyTwo (+665) 6 years ago
As others have said, good luck at the other schools. And be sure and post your next rant when something happens at one of them and it isn't your fault again.


Also make it sure it comes a few months after so a thread can be revived a couple of months after it died...

that way we will KNOW it was recollected in an accurate manner.
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Posted by Hannah Nash (+2500) 6 years ago
How dare a homosexual live life fully and equally as another positive and contributing member of society?!? The audacity. The nerve.

How about let's treat everyone equally?
It's time for the bigotry to fall by the wayside.

Thank you to Garfield teachers and administrators-- my daughter had K-6 at your fine institution. I look forward to all of my visits to the school.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3146) 6 years ago
One thing that I picked up on in all of this is that the person has an autistic son and another child...and, I am hoping that he/she realizes that there are some wonderful programs in Miles City to help when there is a child with autism. Also, the advent of a special needs person in the home can create some pretty tough issues and behaviors in all involved.
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Posted by Bridgier (+8985) 6 years ago
Kacey, let me help you here:

Brandy Allen == Danny K Allen, formerly known as 'milescity', formerly known as 'cash', etc ,etc ,etc.

Who can forget the brief but beautiful existence of milescityhome.com?
http://milescity.com/foru...ew/184079/

Or learning about race relations from 'cash':
http://milescity.com/foru...iew/205588

Although I thought he was actually banned, it appears that all of Mr. Allen's pseudo's are currently active. So he probably doesn't need to use his wife's account anymore.

[This message has been edited by Bridgier (6/24/2014)]
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Posted by Brandy Allen (-2405) 6 years ago
I didn't,t write that post, someone just posted as me. My husband wrote something but never posted it, it was antagonistic satire. But for the web master to allow blatant fraud by posting words in someone else's name, shows what this side has to offer.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11447) 6 years ago
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Posted by J. Dyba (+1343) 6 years ago
It is always entertaining when someone with obvious zero IT knowledge tries to make statements based on what they've seen on TV or in movies.
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Posted by David Schott (+16502) 6 years ago
I didn't write 95% of what's posted under my name on this site. Unless you liked what I said, then I did write it.
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