2012-06-22 / Letters

Time To Speak Out

Dear Editor,

Here we go again, people who do not have the courage to speak out, and leave their name, when they have something to say! My name is Loretta Wilson, and my son started in The Waterside School for Leadership last year, he is now graduating with 64 other scholars. Ms. Munro calls all of her students scholars, and knows all of their names, and treats them with the respect that each person deserves. She is a true leader by example, she shows respect to all, and expects the same from her staff, students and their parents. Is that not what a parent wants from their child’s principal? The major problem with this school is the lack of respect from 95 percent of the parents. Ms. Munro has a dress code, maybe half of the children are dressed within the guidelines of this code. I see the children at lunch time, they are not washed, their hair is not clean, and they come in in ripped sweat pants. We are all not rich, but it is up to the parent to make sure their child is clean, teeth and hair brushed. Maybe, spend some money on their children’s clothes, and give up their cell phones (do not have a cell phone, I cannot afford one).

We are talking about middle age children, they are not adults, they need their parents’ help. If their child is failing, did the parent check his homework, sign his homework pad, progress reports go out every two to three weeks, and are mailed to the house?

My husband is the P.T.A. treasurer, not even the P.T.A. president shows up for the meetings. Ms. Munro, and at least two of her teachers attend, the meeting is once a month, and if it is not raining, we might see 3 to 5 other parents there. When it is an awards night, only the scholars who received an award show up, they even order food for the meetings! My son has learned so much, and has received honors over the past two years. His science teacher is the best teacher he ever had. She never uses a textbook, everything is hands on learning, his art teacher gave him the courage, and taught him how to draw, he has received honor roll, for the last two years, and he wants to become a graphic artist. There are MANY great teachers in that school, yes Ms. Munro holds them up to high academic expectations, the ones who can meet her expectations stay on. There are some bad apples in the group, that call in sick all the time, seem not to care as much as the founding teachers care. Ms. Munro, Ms. Isaac, and most of the good teachers are there every day 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. The others are out the door, as soon as they can leave.

The child who follows the rules receives merit tickets, they go on school trips, where do they go? They visit colleges, so they can see their future. Ms. Munro knows education is the key to better yourself. Why would anyone not want that for their child! To her, she sees the future, to the parents, they feel what can you do for me. I see it with my own eyes. Regarding special needs children, what was written is just a LIE!

Parents who agree with me, please take the time and call 311, and tell the DOE the truth! Ms. Munro does exceed the standards.

LORETTA S. WILSON

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