Too focused on 'standards'
Let's focus on the skills really needed to be successful and not on if a student can do long division or Common Core math. Problem solving, exploration, cause and effect, language/communication, basic math and lots of science. Kids need a chance to learn what they will implement in 15-20 years.
We have questions related to shop and other vocational agriculture programs
I understand that Mead offers no shop or other trade/hands-on teaching in the district. I am a very strong advocate of vocational agriculture and the ability for my children and other children to have access to this program in the future.
Kids need to move to learn
Limited recess and active time makes learning hard. More movement/recess makes for more attentiveness, faster learning and more success, and kids that love to learn versus kids who hate being cooped up. These kids need more activity and they would learn more, faster! Little people aren't made for sitting.
I wish for more opportunities for science to be integrated into learning
Outside of the 1-2 science units taught to each grade in K-3, I would love to see teachers integrating science into their units every month. It doesn't have to be deep or involve foss kits, but it could at least be a topic for a week of a lesson unit, or more specifically referenced to students.
Additional homework support or reading support for upper elementary grades
In our experience, some of the upper elementary grade students may need additional assistance in reading, homework/study skills. These skills are foundational for middle school and beyond.