Sunday, August 4, 2013

Vanderlyn Elementary School "Modular Classroom" Update

 
Photo Courtesy of The Dunwoody Crier
 
The dysfunction within DeKalb Schools never ceases to amaze....even as it continues year after year.   How could a school system NOT have classrooms ready on Day 1?  The following is an update from Vanderlyn Principal Mrs. Crenshaw:

As you know, the DeKalb County School District devised a comprehensive plan to remove/replace the modulars over the summer. Unfortunately, there were unexpected delays in the process which will result in a delay of our modular units being returned to our campus by the start of school. Please be assured that a viable transition plan will be in effect that will be communicated to all 4th and 5th grade students prior to Meet and Greet. Every detail and consideration is being well-thought-out by local and district leaders to ensure the safety of our students. Plans to accommodate them during this transition are being finalized. I realize that communication is an integral part of this transition plan, so I ask for your trust and patience as the final and most important details are decided. As your Principal and Operations Leader, I can guarantee you that no detail will go unnoticed and that our students will have a comfortable classroom space on August 12. I appreciate your support in advance in this very important matter. Full details are forthcoming.

Article from The Dunwoody Crier:

Vanderlyn Awaits Serious Musical Chairs

The Vanderlyn Transition Plan as sent out last evening:
  • This plan is effective for August 12th -August 23rd as there will be a two week process in place to restore modulars to full operational use and obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.
  • There will not be any interruption to instructional services. Drama, Music and Art teachers will implement Push-In model by providing instruction to ALL students in their homeroom classes.
  • Dance and PE will be held the gym and dance classroom as usual. Gifted and ESOL teacher will rotate into homeroom classes during ELT once services begin.
  • All Special Area Teachers that are affected will be temporarily provided with shared office space located in the 2 trailers located on the lower campus while their classrooms are being utilized by 4th and 5th grade teachers.
  • The gym will continue to be the supervised location for 4th and 5th grade students to report to during a.m. arrival (7:15- 7:30). Afterwards, students will be escorted back into the building.
  • Meet-n-Greet for 4th and 5th grade students will take place in their temporary classrooms located in the building. 

14 comments:

  1. Incredible. They have 2 whole months to figure this out, and now they can't even be ready for opening day??? Wow. If this doesn't SCREAM for an independent Dunwoody School District, nothing ever will.

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  2. For a school system that is famous, or infamous, for its irresponsible decisions, the inability to make sure teachers and students have adequate classes (and it is YOUR control to do so), well, it's inexcusable.

    Further info from The Crier:

    Vanderlyn Awaits Serious Musical Chairs

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  3. Amazing! When those modulars went in (8 years ago!) the entire 4th grade was bused to Montgomery Elementary for four months, because, of course, the county could not manage to install them over the summer. Granted there was fairly significant plumbing to be done because the modulars had (desperately needed) bathrooms.

    I have to ask. Will the replacement trailers have bathrooms? Is there a building code somewhere dictating the number of bathroom stalls needed per 100 children? Vandy has got to be exceeding it. I suppose we can get a potty waiver along with the class size waiver.

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  4. They have a Dance Teacher at Vanderlyn?!?

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  5. And a Drama Teacher? Dance and Drama are classes that are taught at Vanderlyn?!? Having a hard time feeling sorry for them...

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  6. If Vanderlyn can afford these type of activities for their students - more power to them. I would hope a Fine Arts curriculum is what we would all want for our children. Maybe once Dunwoody takes control of our schools, we can find room in all of our schools for such offerings.

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  7. Dunwoody Mom...I agree that all schools should have these activities offered. However...the county is spending a large sum of money to support the modular trailers there. Perhaps these courses should be offered within the space allotted? Perhaps these modular classrooms shouldn't be supporting dance and drama classes? Just wondering...

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  8. If Vanderlyn can afford? So DCSS doesn't pay these teachers? How does that work exactly? Because I have a child at DHS who spent her whole Spanish II class with no textbook because there was no money so I'm just kinda wondering where Vanderlyn is getting all this cash. Wrapping paper sales?

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  9. Ok, bad choice of words "if Vanderlyn can afford". Yes, these teachers are paid by DCSS. I am not a Vanderlyn parent - have never been a Vanderlyn parent, so I don't know and I am going to quit speculating. The conversation is about modulars, not what Vanderlyn does or does not have.

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  10. Vanderlyn does not have eight ESOL teachers and does not have a need for as many remedial teachers as other schools. Dollar for dollar, Vanderlyn kids get same dollar value as other schools in DeKalb. I have no problem with Vanderlyn using resources for dance and/or drama. have you seen the test scores there? Obviously the parent,kids, admin, and teachers have a winning formula. Why didn't you buy your child a textbook on Amazon?

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  11. I don't know of any elementary school in Dunwoody other than Hightower--which has Title I funds--that employs 8 ESOL teachers.

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  12. ...and I don't know if Hightower employs 8 ESOL teachers, but I do know their school population is heavily Hispanic.

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  13. Why didn't I buy my kid a textbook on Amazon? There was no textbook to buy. I guess I could have purchased a random textbook, but the teacher was not teaching from a textbook bc she had no textbook to teach from bc the county had not provided one to her either bc they had no money (allegedly). So instead she was teaching off of stuff she downloaded from the internet. You can imagine how great that worked out and just how prepared my kid was to move on to upper level spanish.

    And yeah, my other kid's Dunwoody elementary school doesn't have 8 ESOL teachers, they have one I think (who might even be shared with another school, not sure about that) and zero remedial teachers, and yet, no drama, dance etc. So I'm pretty sure ESOL/remedial has nothing to do with dance/drama.

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  14. Vanderlyln is large enough to earn two PE teachers. They use one of those for dance. The drama teacher was placed there because he had a contract and was unearned at his previous school. Is he even back this year?

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