Friday, May 30

Where is your 5th grader going to middle school?


One final note before I sign off: even though OSEPO pulled an all-nighter earlier this week trying to nail down the scope of the pre-K admissions problems, it is still planning to mail out long-delayed middle school placement letters right about now. Here's a space for parents of 5th graders to discuss the results of that process.

G&T folks, you'll get your placement thread next week. Good luck to all!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

does anybody know anything? I am baffled and tired of waiting for the mailman.

Anonymous said...

While being an employee for the DOE, placed in excess last year, as well as a parent of a 5th grader one thing is very clear - "the DOE, in general, lacks insight and cares little about the people it effects." It would be really great if the advocates could find a basis for a class action suit. For OSEPO to act as though they are higher than almighty is insulting, especially since NYC zoning and budgeting is not based on tax levy dollars and the public voting system as in most of the country. It is a total sham that the DOE is not really held accountable to the people it serves, children and parents.

All I can say from my experience as an employee and as a parent is: Be patient! Although this is an infuriating, frustrating experience we can not loose sight of our children who need us to be as supportive as possible. Since this is so hard on us can you imagine the unconscious levels of anxiety our children are experienceing? This is a transition period for them, a rite of passage, albetit pre-mature after the DOE put 6th grade into the middle schools. Nevertheless, we should be celebrating our children's success and preparing them for their journey into adolescence.

Anonymous said...

true, well said and taken note of, but still, does anyone know anything? I have heard April, May, June and August. Have they been posted? Will they be by "the end of May" which was previously announced?

Anonymous said...

Just checked my mail and no notification - only Little League pictures. I am in District 15.

Anonymous said...

I spoke to an official at the District 2 office on Thursday and he said he believed the letters would go out on Monday.

Anonymous said...

Yes, May 14th becomes May 31st and Friday becomes Monday. They must be completely overwhelmed trying to administer all of these separate admissions processes at once with no experience. Foolish move. Given the extraordinary mess that's been made of the pre-k admissions I have gone from wishing they'd process the information more quickly to praying that they process it accurately.

Nothing in the Bronx - waiting to hear from District 3.

Anonymous said...

I hope Anonymous DOE employee poster above is not a teacher given his appalling grammar, spelling, and word usage. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

Can't find better ways to manage your anxiety than to judge others? I hope your child isn't learning that from you.

Anonymous said...

Just a stickler for language, which my child is absolutely learning from me, his father, his grandparents, and his older sister.

One of the very few complaints I have about the NYC public school system is that several of the teachers my children have had over the years had shockingly weak skills when it came to writing. We work hard to correct for that deficit in our home life. Thankfully, the kids are managing not to pick up on the sloppy speech and writing habits that are the norm today.

Given the emphasis placed on the writer's process" in our schools it is surprising to me that little is done to strengthen teachers' skills. We've had teachers who insisted that dictionary definitions were wrong, teachers who introduced errors into writing that needed no correction, and teachers who wrote only in sentence fragments. It's difficult for bright children to understand why their teachers are less able to write than they are.

And not anxious, but thanks for caring.

Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY AGREE. My now sixth grader got no grammar instruction in grade school, just endless uncorrected writing about "small moments." I wish public schools would pay more attention to the "small detais," like where to place commas and how to write complete sentences. Now, in his otherwise good middle school, it's the same story. I have to homeschool in this regard.

Anonymous said...

Which middle school is your 6th grader attending?

Anonymous said...

The Principal's Weekly said they were being mailed late last week.

I'm still waiting ...

Anonymous said...

do you have a link to that article on Principal's Weekly?

D15parent said...

I just Googled Principal's Weekly and downloaded the most recent issue. It also says that the transfer of records is to take place June 2 - June 12 to coincide with the clerical half days. I guess that deadline is out the window. I wonder what elementary and middle school staff would have to say if they felt comfortable to speak freely.

Anonymous said...

I am also checking the mailbox every day for our letter. I'm in District 14 and so far nobody I've spoken to has recevied their letter. The PC at my son's school told me they were supposed to have gone out Friday. She even asked me today if I got my letter yesterday,lol.

TrudiRose said...

I finally heard today!!! Not from the DOE - who knows when they'll get their act together. But I got an acceptance letter from my son's first choice school, the Urban Assembly Academy of Arts and Letters, congratulating us on his acceptance and letting us know about an orientation event.

Whew! It is SUCH a relief to finally know! I can't wait for my son to get out of school today - it will be such a load off his mind.

Good luck to everyone else!!! Please post as soon as you get word on where your fifth-graders will be next year!

Anonymous said...

I am in D3 and nothing in the mail today about M.S. !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

D3 here - nothing from DOE.

Sara said...

D15....nothing from DOE. June3

Anonymous said...

Just got my mail and still no letter in D15 on June 4.

Anonymous said...

Ask at your school. The parent coordinators and guidance counselors have received master lists and you are entitled to receive that information

Anonymous said...

Our school in D. 15 (PS321) just notified us that they have the admissions info for D. 15 and that we can contact them. They didn't mention D.21

Anonymous said...

Acceptance letters for IS 318 went out today to students in my son's school in District 14. They didn't receive letters to give out yet from the other middle schools in the District though. The principal does have a master list of all acceptances though.

Anonymous said...

NOthing in the mail today from Dist. 21

Anonymous said...

Got our official DOE letter today (D3) and it matched the letter we got from Delta yesterday, so that's a relief. . .

Anonymous said...

I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A LETTER IS THERE ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE STILL WAITING TO RECEIVE A LETTER.

Anonymous said...

LETTERS HAVE GONE OUT AND SOME HAVE ACTUALLY RECEIVED THEM. I'M ONE OF THE UNLUCKY ONES. STILL WAITING.....DEADLINE JUNE 12TH FOR REGISTRATION. GO FIGURE.