IMPORTANT THOUGHTS FROM

Midway Elementary School



Your Concerns

Science and nature

I would like to see science as a subject through the school year. The kids need to have a hands on approach to learning (science experiments, observations, exploring).

Stronger commitment to students who are highly capable

We need a stronger GATE program as a district. The Quest pull out program causes students to miss class and does not provide enough time. With 8 elementary schools there are enough highly capable students to have a self contained program.

My first concern is class size

The classes seem to get larger each year. As the curriculum becomes more complex from grade to grade it would be nice to see smaller class sizes, so the teachers have the opportunity to spend the time needed to be sure all students are understanding the concepts presented.

Visual arts

The visual arts is a vital component of a complete education. Art basics are introduced with a few crafts, tracing, following step-by-step directions. There is not a progressing elementary art curriculum building students' understanding of art, self-expression, and mediums.

Concerned about too much required testing and teaching to tests

In every school year there is a lot of focus on taking state/federal required standardized testing. These tests take weeks to complete. I am concerned and frustrated at the amount of time that is taken away from the kids and teachers in order to complete these tests. That time could be better spent.

You Appreciate

Midway has dedicated, caring teachers

My children have had really wonderful teachers who are dedicated, prepared, and caring.

Usually very good communication between educators and parents

The educators in the Mead District try very hard to maintain lines of communication with the parents, most of the time. Every now and then information is missed or miscommunicated. But mostly I feel confident that I am connected to what my children are involved with at their school.

Technology

I like that kids have an opportunity to use computers and iPads. It would be nice to have them implemented into each classroom with everyday work.

I appreciate that the arts are still valued

I am glad that the arts are still valued and taught. This goes toward helping create well rounded individuals.

Cursive

I love that the students are being taught cursive.

Learning Opportunities

Work ethic

Teaching kids how to be hard workers and not give up. It's ok to make a mistake, learn from it and improve from that point. Not everyone is a winner, and that's ok. You learn from your loss/mistake and try harder the next time. Nothing is handed to you. If you want something, make it happen.

Real life skills

We'd like to see more opportunities for kids to learn skills that will help them be successful adults in society. For example: monthly budgeting, how to balance a check book, how to make, market and sell a good, how to present to a group. Teach these traits early and build on them.

More afterschool clubs that aren't sports related

Sport activities are so easy to find, but things like STEM club, science club, etc. are very hard to find. I would love to see more emphasis on academic clubs verses sport clubs.

Project based learning

STEM classes are offered for higher grades; it would be great to have more STEM activities and projects at the elementary level.

Foreign language

Foreign language is something Americans greatly lack in. There should be a greater focus on learning other languages at younger ages.

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