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May 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm
We have been at Bliss since Jan 2009. My children entered EPISD, mid-way through 3rd and 1st grade. I felt as if the staff did very little to help my kids adjust to the new school, routines and curriculum. This was frustrating to say the least, for I am well aware that we aren’t the first military family to move in the middle of a school year. Thankfully my kids are quick to adjust but a little support would have been appreciated. My older son is in the GT program. At our current school, there is only 1 teacher certified for GT, per grade. This means that the classroom is a mixture of both GT and regular (for lack of a better word) students. This isn’t a huge problem, but I fail to see when there is time for him and the other GT students to go beyond everyday learning. All the other schools we’ve attended (at other duty stations) have had either a seperate GT class or the students met weekly for special group activities. Another issue I have is with the staff being less than friendly with us when we request homework for block leave. They treat you as if you do not care about your childs education, nevermind the fact that BOTH my students are on the A-B Honor Roll! This is only a slight annoyance but even when taking my kids out of school due to my soldier coming home from deployment, they gave me attitude, almost as if they didn’t understand why my kids were being taken out of school. I might note that my kids never miss school due to illness, so it isn’t like they’re never there! The last and probably most bothersome issue, is the bullying. My son actually just called me from school to tell me that someone was not nice again today and the teachers/principal did nothing. This is not our first time dealing with bullying, but the issue always seems to get swept under the rug. One of the incidents was dealing with someone writing and taping nasty notes to lockers. The teachers response? “That’s just typical for 5th grade and it’s going to be like that until you graduate high school”. Wow?! Really? Myself and the other parents were less than thrilled. I am quite thankful that we are leaving at the end of this school year, EPISD has left a bad taste in my mouth to say the least!