Once again, the author of this article seems to seek to mislead. Attendance review boards are comprised of many individuals, including reps from social services. They take place throughout the district...not just for this school. The goal is to figure out what the barriers to attendance are and hopefully assist the family.
My youngest of 3 is in 8th grade and is doing great at this school. I have noticed a big difference at CPM for my son. My other two children did not like the school when they went to CPM. We really like the teachers and the staff. The school is clean and the new paint makes our community proud. I think these people writing negative things about our school would rather see money being spent at an east side school? Kids at Castle Park deserve this.
If anyone has been paying attention, the changes going on at CPM have been in the works for the past year...college banners, fresh paint, and an overall upgrade to the look and feel of the school help to create an uplifting and inspiring atmosphere to learn in, and a school kids (and the community) are proud of. This article seems to imply that all of this is simply a show for Arnie Duncan...whose visit wasn't even scheduled until roughly 6 weeks ago.
This article is an exercise in taking a handful of facts, personal bias, and a bad attitude to spin another negative story that does nothing but rile people up. Funny that the first parent who responds (someone ACTUALLY involved and trusting her children to this school) has nothing but great things to say about the RESULTS. And isn't that what really matters?
I will not be politically correct and say this article is full of errors or misleading. I'm going to state exactly what it is: A shameful and pathetic article full of lies and deceit. The Reader should be embarrassed that it printed this. That school began undergoing a facelift last year...LAST YEAR, with the college banners and positive slogans painted along the walls. The solar panels are a Sweetwater District initiative that nearly ALL the schools are undertaking. All one has to do is drive by a Sweetwater District school and you'll most likely see the panels in the parking lot area. To suggest Castle Park Middle School is installing these panels and undergoing a facelift in anticipation off this visit is simply a shameful lie. And since when is it wrong to spend tax payer money on making a school look nicer. Hello, that's part of what the money is for. Amazing, people complain about how the "west Chula Vista" schools are old, ugly, and neglected in comparison to the east side, needing to have money spent on them and then when money is spent to make them look nicer, people complain about why the money is being spent. Incredible. Poor Castle Park and that principal. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. This article is clearly part of a smear campaign and for the Reader to be so off with its "fact checking" is a disgrace to journalism. Someone needs to take the Reader to task.
In what world are you living in where the US secretary of Education comes to visit a school and it's not an event? And since when is the event not about Mr. Duncan and the kids? Because a stage is being purchased? Because the superintendent of the district of the school that is being visited is involved? Should he not be there, showing his "ass"? Would that really make sense? Does that make it "not" about the kids? And isn't it common practice for nearly all schools to give tee shirts to their students all year long, multipIe times? So how would this event not be worthy of tee shirts? You must be a special kind of stupid...or maybe, just maybe, you have an agenda. And as far as "can't we have events without drama", oh my, are you delusional? YOU ARE the one causing drama. Shame on you.
Don Bauder 1:30 p.m., July 31
Ian Anderson noon, July 31
Ruarri Serpa 10:30 a.m., July 31
Walter Mencken 10 a.m., July 31
Jeff Smith 10 a.m., July 31
Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., July 31
Ken Harrison 8:30 a.m., July 31
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