Balboa Elementary School
IMPORTANT THOUGHTS FROM THE BALBOA SCHOOL COMMUNITY
THINGS PEOPLE APPRECIATE
The Teachers –
Our colleagues have rallied around each other, sharing, collaborating, supporting, planning. This goes beyond grade levels. The kindness and thoughtfulness that each teacher shows to one another is what is holding this school together. We meet and laugh and cry together. It has been an exhausting year.
I like the fact that the teachers and the school allows moms to volunteer. It gives parents a good idea about what’s going on in the class, how the teacher teaches, homework, projects and it’s great.
I really appreciate the small number of teachers who work very hard – There are few who do the work of many – I mean they work extra hard to find new things for us and they share their new knowledge with all who are willing to listen, question and learn.
Crossing guard –
I am thankful for the one and only cross guard lady that we have for one of our streets. Hope to see more guards on our other block as well.
Introduction of enrichment classes –
We started having options to enroll in Parker Anderson classes offered at the school site along with after-school dance classes and chorus. With regular instructional hours crammed with requirements needed to be met under the introduction of CCSS, it is nice to be able to take classes of your choice.
Large classroom sizes and congestion at school with more students –
The curriculum is getting more detail oriented wih common core. Teachers need to ensure adequate time to cover matrials and ensure students are keeping up with new style of teaching. Large classrooms create distractions and less focus on improving student achievements.
Student to teacher ratio is a huge concern. Also split classrooms greatly –
Impact the teachers’ ability to effectively teach and students’ ability to learn, regardless how experienced or qualified the teachers are.
Not enough tech support –
With Chromebooks purchased and more computer usage required for testing, there needs to be someone at site that can handle tech issues that is inevitable with computers. We cannot rely on all teachers to be able to handle computer related issued.
Our school is understaffed. –
An increase in workload along with increased behavioral problems with incoming students has resulted in a significant increase in responsibilities for all. The district should take that into consideration when determining the number of front office and administrative positions allocated to a site.
No GATE instruction –
There has been no GATE specific instruction at our school for years. I understand that it is up to the classroom teachers to tailor their classroom instruction to those students but with the introduction of CCSS, I was told there is no differentiation. Why identify GATE students then?
OTHER THOUGHTS SHARED
The classrooms are too big.
Would like more structured GATE activities on site and more communication. –
Proper Education is the foundation for our children’s’ future, thus, my
comments to question 1 should be taken seriously. Although my child will graduate this year, it is still important for necessary steps to be taken for upcoming years to strengthen the level of delivery of knowledge.
There needs to be many more schools to accommodate the growing number of
people coming into the Glendale area. A large number of apt’s and condo’s are being built. Where are all these children who will move here go to school? The current schools? Its crazy!
Love the idea of bringing music class for kids. –
I think it should be available for all class levels.
LCAP RESULTS PRESENTATION
Here is a presentation about the Community Engagement results from across the Glendale School District.