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Kids ‘Slipping Through The Cracks’ At Alton Central School (ACS), N.H. — The Cracks Should Be Fixed ASAP!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Slip waiting to happen at ACS — July 17, 2013.
>> Administration again compromises credibility — July 9, 2013.
>> School bus fiasco … — July 8, 2013.
>> Credibility of ACS Administration questioned — June 24, 2013.

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I have still not been able to rationalize why there is so much raw emotion from parents when it comes to the Alton Central School (ACS) building (which we are now finding out is in better shape than the Board cum Administration ever admitted) but very few people seem to want to stand up and be counted when it comes to other issues, such as bullying, that adversely impact the kids.

So check out the above remarks, originally appearing on Facebook, by an ACS mother that we know. [Yes, of course, I have all the names.]

Not good.

Kids should not be falling through the cracks.

But, the current administration, as I have pointed out, appears not be accountable to any power of Earth.

Well, all I can do is to highlight these issues. If others do not care, bully for them. We are already homeschooling one …

A Serious Slip Waiting To Happen At Alton Central School (ACS), NH.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Administration again compromises credibility — July 9, 2013.
>> School bus fiasco … — July 8, 2013.
>> Credibility of ACS Administration questioned — June 24, 2013.

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I happened to notice this when I took part in the ‘Winni Walk’ on June 17, 2013. Over the last year or so I very rarely go to the back of the school and this was the first time in over a year that I had walked by the classrooms there.

I saw the non-slip covering and was very impressed. But, being who I am, I had to check that it was securely fastened. So I gently nudged it with my shoe.

Secure my foot!

It just slid off and I had to scramble to put it back on.

I was appalled.

This is an accident waiting to happen. A kid hopping on to it, as kids are wont to do, will go flying.

I was amazed that nobody at the school had noticed it.

I went back (with Deanna’s camera) and did some checking. As you can faintly see in the 3rd picture above the non-stick was glued on with haphazardly applied dabs of glue. No continuous coating. The glue is all dried up.

Right now this is a major danger to kids.

Plus, that whole retaining wall is a joke. You could not have designed a better obstacle to trip young kids. What were they thinking?

Who designed this? Who came up with the specs? Who built in? Doesn’t anybody in the school walk around the facility, once a week, checking on safety issues?

All this fuss about air quality and other non-existent issues when we have things like this right under our feet.

Well, the school better fix this soon.

I am hoping that School Board member Steve Miller, the only person on the Board that can be relied upon to consistently speakup on behalf of the kids, and in reality “Alton’s TRUE Champion for the kids“, will see this post and contact William Lander, the Superintendent.

Deanna plans to bring it up at the next School Board meeting on July 22. Well, I have a few things I want to bring up at that meeting too:

1/ Why did the Principal, Sydney Leggett convey misinformation about the July 8, 2013 school bus incident?

2/ What is the status of the Independent, 3-rd Party Bullying Investigation and are we ever going to be told, even the bare outlines of what it was all about — and, furthermore, HOW MUCH IT COST and who authorized, in terms of the vote, that payment?

3/ Why a School Board member, who would have been party to authorizing the investigation, is now claiming he was then barred from providing pertinent input to the investigation. Aaaah! Who is wagging the tail here? Yes, I have started to realize that the Administration of late [i.e., since March] appears to have autocratic, plenipotentiary powers. Not sure how that came to be. Well, actually I have a good idea.

Alton Central School (ACS), NH: School Administration AGAIN Compromises Their Credibility!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> School bus fiasco … — July 8, 2013.
>> Credibility of ACS Administration questioned — June 24, 2013.

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School Board member Mr. Steve Miller, yet again proving that he is the only one on the board that on a consistent basis stands up for the kids, brought up the issue of the School Bus shenanigans on July 8, 2013, at last night’s ACS School Board Meeting. [How come WE were the only public attending?]

Thank YOU, Mr. Miller. Your efforts on behalf of the kids, as was also the case with bullying, is much appreciated.

Mr. Bill Lander, the Superintendent, said that he hadn’t had a chance to get to the bottom of it — since I had only e-mailed him a couple of hours prior to the meeting, after I had done my post (for the record).

But, Mrs. Sydney Leggett, the Principal, was happy to jump in and provide an update. She said that ONLY 1 kid was affected. Well it is on the ‘tape’, i.e., the video recording IF they ever get around to posting it (unedited).

Check the tape. Listen to what Mrs. Sydney Leggett, the Principal, says.

Why Bill Landers and the Principal forget that they are ‘on tape’ is a continuing mystery to me — unless, of course, they don’t give a damn, because they are not accountable to anyone.

So, Mrs. Leggett says ‘one child’. Well, we are aware of ONE CHILD, because Deanna got a call from the child himself asking her what he should do!

I, was told by Mrs. Pam Forbes (and I am now beyond trying to protect too many people as I was yesterday) that a ‘number of kids were involved‘. [That certainly sounded like there was MORE than 1.]

And here is another mother and she is pretty adamant. Images below. And yes, of course, I have the original unredacted versions. These discussions take place on Facebook. 

Well you don’t have to have done Singapore Math to work out that we now have at least 2. So that is more than 1.

Credibility ….

School Board …

Mr. Lander ….

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Alton Central School (ACS), NH: They Are Having Quite A Day. There Is A Common Thread …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This appeared in the Alton Central School (ACS) Facebook page this afternoon — just after I posted about the school bus fiasco.

Hhhmmmm.

No backups? It cracks me up at School Board meetings when all of those at the High Table talk about ‘the cloud‘ as if it is the panacea to all IT sins. Well all this data should have been backed up on ‘the cloud‘. That is what ‘the cloud‘ is all about.

There is a connection here.

From the ACS Facebook page from July 8, 2013. I don't have access. Deanna sent this to me.

From the ACS Facebook page from July 8, 2013. I don’t have access. Deanna sent this to me.

Alton Central School (ACS), N. H.: School Buses Fail To Pick Up A Number Of Students Attending Summer Programs This Morning.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Air quality not an issue … — June 24, 2013.
>> ACS air quality — April 3, 2013.

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Did not affect us since Deanna drove Devanee for her 8 am -11 am ‘Future Prospects Club‘ community activity session.

As she was driving home, close to 8 am, she gets a call. A boy, attending the same session had been waiting for a bus to pick him up since 7:20. He was now thinking of walking to school, by himself, on Rte 28!

I won’t, of course, mention names. But, suffice to say the boy did NOT walk to school.

At 11 we went to pick up Devanee. I went to see if the boy had a way of getting back home. I was met by a teacher who I know. Again, for now, I will refrain from mentioning names to avoid the blushes. She tells me (with what I rightly or wrongly perceived as ‘rather glibly‘) something along the lines: ‘yes, this being the first morning a number of kids got left behind, so we are now making sure they go back on the bus so that the driver knows‘! That did not make me feel very good. I do NOT know what the school, or this teacher, was doing at 8 am. I hope there was a head count and that prompt measures were taken to account for the kids waiting, some outside, for the bus.

This is a COINCIDENCE, but I have here, in my inbox, an e-mail from an Alton mother about this very same teacher — who I think is also classed as an administrator. She is supposed to have told this mother, a few weeks ago, that her son (who I think falls into the ‘special needs’ category due a medical condition) FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS.

Fell through the cracks!

Here we are NOT talking about any cracks in the flooring of ACS. The floors are in good shape.

We are talking about cracks in the administration.

As far as I am concerned, a few kids fell through some other cracks this morning.

Of course these things happen.

But, is it a coincidence?

What I never see at ACS is accountability. Everybody is Teflon coated. The buck never stops at anybody. It just gets tossed away with disdain.

Well, as ever, my primary goal is to document this stuff so that we have a record.

Yes, I will send this post to the Superintendent, Bill Lander, the Principal and two School Board Members.

Yes, I will, rest assured, be doing another post on the: ‘fell through the cracks‘.

UNH Marine Program: Know The Coast Day — We Went. It Was Good. It Was Fun. It Was Educational Too.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Deanna found this through the Homeschooling Alliance that we belong to. It was free and looked quite promising. Yes, I was amused that UNH was holding a ‘Know The Coast Day‘ in landlocked Durham, NH (when I know that UNH does have research facilities on the coast). That said, they did all of us proud. I like UNH Durham. There is always a nice vibe in Durham. We have been to numerous events and camps at UNH Durham, some to do with Destination Imagination (DI).

It was a gray day, though the rain held off and it was pleasantly warm. Parking is always an issue at Durham, but I managed (after I flashed my smile a few times).

It seemed to be well thought out, coordinated and laid out. Lots of volunteer, many retired folks like me. Some representatives from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Very helpful, in particular Mr. Rick Cecchetti. Gave me a ton of information pertinent to Devanee. Altogether a very nice. Very helpful.

The squid dissecting was a hit. I learnt a lot. Did you know that they now have a separation device attached to U.S. trawler nets to help whales escape IF they get entangled in the nets? I liked that.

I was impressed with this SeaPerch, DIY remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Appears I can get the parts for about $50. I can build kits, so putting it together shouldn’t be too hard. I can see an ROV in our future.


I was struck by the level of detail in this model.

 

They had two large tanks, this the smaller, by quite a bit, was for wave and tidal studies. Very neat.

Alton Central School (ACS) Administration Should Do A Bit More Homework

My wife was involved in this Facebook dialogue on the ACS Facebook page earlier this week. Her question was based on this little snippet that appeared in the local Baysider Newspaper last Thursday, February 23, 2012.

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Homework has been an issue at ACS and we were delighted to see that the Administration was at long last is trying to implement a policy. See related posts: homeschooling decision and ‘questionable’ (I am trying to be polite) homework.

I was immediately struck that something, crucial, seemed to be missing. Every time I read it there was something palpably jarring. Then I realized what it was: there was no ‘time period’ specified for the ’10 minutes per grade’! Was its ‘per night’, ‘per 5-day week’, ‘per 7-day week’ etc. Don’t tell me that it was obvious. Definitely not obvious to us for one very simple reason. We had a 5th grader at ACS, who had been there for 4 years.

5th grade = 50 minutes.

4th grade = 40 minutes.

We can’t remember her ever having 40 minutes of homework a day last year — in 4th grade. 40 minutes a week was more like it.

Definitely NEVER even close to 50 minutes of homework a night in 5th grade. Lucky if she got 10 minutes. 5th grade science and math were particularly bad. No homework — the teachers are off the hook for having to mark anything (let alone having to justify the ‘applicability’ of the homework).

So here is the Facebook dialogue. It is kind of funny in a sad way. Well, given their recent lack of diligence (and again I will be polite and not mention the very public faux pas though I think there is a post about it on this blog) you would think they would have read, re-read and then asked a few others to read their homework policy before presenting it ‘half cock’. But, that is just my opinion.

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