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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Policy Violation

From the influx of emails, it appears as though the "drug policy" is not the only policy left ignored.  In fact, it appears as thought most policies are ignored.  A phenomenon that seems limited to the high school.  Need a pass to be in the hallway...well not really.  Your tank top violates the dress code......well not really.  You can only go down to the counseling center during study hall and lunch.......well not really.  65% is passing...well really it's 63%.  Maybe instead of stacking cups the RSB should deal with the real problems facing the high school rather than sticking their heads in the sand and pretending they live in Mayberry.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is so true! My child passed the principal twice in the hall and was never asked to see their pass. The killer is why anyone would wonder why these kids act the way they do. There is zero respect for the teacher's....thanks to the administrative staff in that school.

Anonymous said...

The Principal at the High school and for that matter school counselors are living in Mayberry . I recently took my son to the entering 9th grade parent/ student night what a joke. Mr. Gallagher gave a raw raw speech about the high school and how 93%of the 2010 senior class went on to college. This is something that I hope is true. (I ‘m skeptical about the figure). He also stated that Hamburg High school was part of the Best High school in America, a list compiled by Newsweek based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced-placement college-level courses and tests. Just over 1.600 schools—only 6 percent of all the public schools in the U.S.—made the list. This had a wow affect on most of the parents .I just wanted to know what year Hamburg was on this list. Out of 1600 schools 172 of them are from New York. The highest placing school in New York was City Honor’s at number 10 the next was Jericho at 34 Hamburg was number 1401 Not so Much of a wow now is it . In 2009 Hamburg was number 1272 and in 2008 1041
The counselors at the school where next to speak most of them gave the same speech.” Please get involved in your high school experience, join a club or sport get involved in the community” This is something I was happy to see. Most schools not only look at your school transcripts and sat score. They want to know about what you as a student can offer them not just in the sporting world but in the world of mankind. What got me was both the principal and the counselors said “it’s ok to fail and failing is a part of life ,the credit system is set up so you can fail you only need 22 credits to graduate “.Maybe I’m just a hard a** parent but failing a class in not ok . If you do not understand the subject then we as parents and teachers need to understand why and get you the help you need. But what really upset me was each person who spoke at the meeting said if anyone has questions please feel free to come up and speak to me. Mr. Gallagher left the Auditorium and when right to his office and out of the five counselors and one school social worker only two where around to answer questions .. WHY DO I FEEL LIKE THAT WAS MY ONLY CHANCE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS

Anonymous said...

And they cry about a balancing act when you let then know about your concerns. Im over at BVS and already found a whole in the new eSD system from BOCES. Now BOCES is trying to control what the HCSD views on the internet. Well good luck Erie 1 BOCES, eSD may give you data about our school but its only the data that we want you to see.

Anonymous said...

Gallagher also maintains that internationally the stats have it wrong about american student performance. Not all schools make up grades, mr g. So while u allow ur students in HHS to lag behind, but 90 percent are on paper merit or above. The kids just don't know what they need to be successful. We need changes at HHS. Let's start w a real character initiative and hard core academics. Jean kovach, please come back.

Anonymous said...

JM, JP, and JK please return to HSH!

Concerned Parent1 said...

I am the parent of an elementary school student. I am a teacher in another district. I struggled this year w/ sending my kids to private school, being a product myself of the catholic school system. All I have seen on this site is negatives about the HS. I luckily have a few years before I need to go there, but I'm curious to know what the general thoughts are regarding the elementary and middle schools? Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Charlotte Ave is phenomenal.

Anonymous said...

I live in East Aurora, teacher in OP, and have sibling who pulled his kids from a Hamburg Elementary-Armour. Her older kids were at Armour many years ago, but the little ones they pulled as they were not satisfied with the teachers. As a taxpayer in EA, a teacher in OP, who worked with your beloved Mr Kerr (we had a party when he left OP too), I follow this blog because it is amazing to so many outsiders that the people in Hamburg need to realize that it is not like this in other districts.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Parent who went to the 9th grade orientation. I was there too with my child who I am thinking will attend a private school. It was very disappointing to me to see how the staff seemed to find failure an acceptable thing. Almost, its OK to make a mistake and fail. We work very hard to make sure our children do their work and aim high. What on earth were they talking about? Character education is something we insist to teach in our home. I dont want the failure values of those counselors impacting my children. The counselors took off after the meeting. I do not like their attitude, it was as if another train load of cattle were being dropped off to be steered for 4 years, and then sent to the slaughtering house totally unprepared for college. The grades that were made up in the senior class not only disgust me, but scare me. What a shame, we spend so much on school taxes. I wish the school would clean up.

concernedparent1 said...

I know it is not like this in other districts. I have friends who work in HCD and I'm always amazed at the crap they put up with. Sometimes I wish we had found our house in my district b/c I am very proud of my school and the community I teach in. (and it is not an overly wealthy community.) I'm not saying it's a fairytale, but there is a level of professionalism and respect I'm not sure is here in Hamburg. My one teacher friend here has to buy all of her own classroom supplies - including chalk. What the heck are my taxes paying for? I think that the public needs to wake up and stop being so apathetic. This is our money and kids they are messing with. They work for us. Just like the teachers can be held accountable, so can the power brokers. WE need to get people to go to meetings, speak up, and question what is going on. I'm sorry, but elected officiallys and public servants need to know that they do not have a mandate to rule. While I do not always agree w/ concerned hamburger and his/her posts, I would like to congratulate him/her for getting the conversation started. THat is where it has to start.

Anonymous said...

thank you for all of your valuable posts. i would encourage all of those that are following this blog to please attend the next school board meeting on the first of the month at the high school. many of the people discussed on the blog will be there including the RSB members, mr. gallagher, and the new super. please attend this meeting. this is the time to voice your frustrations and hold those in power accountable for their actions. there are many issues that need some discussion in an open public forum, some of which have been discussed here. grade fraud, drugs, increasing class sizes..... all of these things are very important and need to be discussed openly. please attend. thank you.

Anonymous said...

Next Hamburg School Board Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 1st at 6:30 at the High School.

Anonymous said...

Everybody needs a Boss like him...

Anonymous said...

Early Release... Duh!

Hamburg Leaver said...

I pulled my child out of the high school, and sent her to a private school. it was very hard to do this because she left her friends. I got tired of her coming home as a 9th grade with stories that would make the hair stand on the back of your neck. One day, I went in to see her counselor, and had to wait in line behind students showing up late for school. Yes, a line, and I waited 10 minutes. I thought they were selling coffee or something, but I got up to the desk and resized the poor lady was writing out late passes. How do I teach my kid not to be late, do your best, be kind and empathize with others when the culture of that school exhibits just the opposite. I got a second job and she is now in a better, safer, place.

What's Wrong With This Picture? said...

I find it amusing that the principal said "It's OK to fail. Failing is a part of life." Apparently that only applies to the average and below average students, not the AP students. If they fail or even get a grade that knocks them out of the top 10, it will be adjusted.

Anonymous said...

hmmm, I wonder if they will be thinking this way w/ the new regulations that attach the students' averages to both the teacher AND principal. As we Race to the Tope, bew sure not to LEAVE any Children Behind.

Parent of honest kids. said...

My children were all looked after by Dr Calkins, she is a good doctor. Perhaps a little too eager to hand out sick notes for school, but I never had a complaint against her as a doctor. However, I am very disappointed that she has allowed this grade fraud issue to remain unaddressed by the BOE. Shocked actually!!! My kids were middle of the roaders, and we celebrated honestly earned Bs, because Cs were the norm. My kids grew up honestly, and two are now teachers. Dr Calkins own daughter is a teacher with Teach for America. I wonder if Calkins sees teaching from the other side of the aisle now? She presided over a BOE that fired an exceptionally well qualified teacher, because of lies. She has preceded over a bunch of liars, and she is getting wrapped in the mixed because she sat by and did nothing. Dr Calkins, save your reputation, and that of the people who you and your RSB have injured, get rid of a principal that lied and made up grades. Do the right thing, because the people you foolishly trusted are the scoundrels their actions make them out to be. Dont get wrapped up with them.

In the know said...

Let us recall that Dr Crawford is the reason for so many of these problems. Achramo picked the Crawford lead, and continued to lie and deceive the public. Is it possible that Hamburg gets all the morally corrupt superintendents. Concerned, why dont you do an article dedicated to the sneaky ways of Mark Crawford. I am sure your readers would love to know the careers that were ruined by that creep. Clean house Hamburg and start all over again.

Total Fan said...

Look, I know most Teachers feel they deserve a new contract but the district had to hire special ed teachers, teacher aids, and mental doctors. Only teachers cry about how much they make for 10 months a year. If you want money so bad than start listening to Roger Waters and study Capitalism. Teachers need to focus on teaching because they are not being paid to run the school district. If you were I would have to add a zero to the end of your check. Step back and take a look! Cut mainstreaming and face the facts that China has crushed our economy and we need to focus on our children, America's future. If you are living outside the bounds of your salary its not the tax payers problem.

Anonymous said...

You can't apply capitalism to the socialist designed public education.

Total Fan said...

Ok, that sounds like Germany backwords around 1933. But Socialism is over looked while Capitalism fails and Communism brings in the money. We should try Socialism out before China stops loaning or while we still can.

Anonymous said...

Total fan, apparently you have been asleep for 20 years communism and its ugly step sister have failed. Our schools fail because they are built on a socialist model. I say add a profit incentive and all this stuff will go away. Privatize education.

Anonymous said...

communism and its ugly step sister have failed? Communism has not failed and the U.S. can never catch up with China and North Korea. We didn't even acomplish much by saving South Korea. You have listened to Capitalist and have been tought by them, I haven't.

Anonymous said...

please tell me you are not a teacher in hamburg.if you are goodbye hamburg and hello nardin!

teacher at hhs said...

In the last year, teacherS have had to go to the police to report students for making life threatening remarks and gestures. The teachers went to the police because the high school administration failed to do anything, and brushed it off as another day in Mayberry. I am glad the Admin Bldg has security, because the high school has NONE.