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C.J. Hooker Middle School Reviews

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there were postives and negatives at Cj Hooker but for the most part my experience was ok. I play viola and they’re multiple programs for musical students. There’s a play each year and it’s fun to watch, the teachers leave something to improved in some class rooms but for the most part they were good at their job and helped students advanced to the next level. The middle school offers 5 high school class and 3 out of those are regents level. Earth science, Living environment, Algebra 1,Studio art and Woodshop. The regents classes are to the standards for any regents course. They also offer 2 languages starting in 7th grade, Spanish and French, that have 2 native speakers in the school which is interesting and beneficial for the students to hear and communicate with native speakers. In my experience I learned more from the native speaker than the university taught
Workload is extremely inconsistent. Some teachers consistently overload with homework - to the point where it becomes ineffective. Some teachers NEVER give ANY homework at all! Some teachers have peaks and valleys - depending on the time of year. There should be more after-school help available - not only the day before a quiz/test. Common core is a problem STATEWIDE. Also, honors classes should be encouraged more - not refused to children on the "borderline" willing to try to excel.
Guidance counselors are very helpful. Don't know where we'd be without ours!

Facilities are run-down and need updating. Lockers are WAY too small and there aren't even enough of them for the number of students. Weeds grow everywhere outside. There does not appear to be much pride in the overall appearance of the buildings. Chipping paint everywhere. Mis-matched flooring everywhere. Old inefficient windows and doors. Drafty, cold, and dreary. Snow/ice removal is done well.

We are behind other districts in implementing technology.
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Teams do okay, but could do better. No pool is a big minus. School spirit is underwhelming. Money was recently spent on athletic facilities, but we are still far behind other districts. Insufficient size and number of lockers from 5th grade to H.S. is ridiculous and inexcusable.
Environment seems more punitive than incentive-oriented. There should be more in place to "reward" good grades and behaviors - even if only verbal praise. Too much focus on the negative.
SOME teachers are AMAZING! The rest do the bare minimum to collect their paycheck and it shows. More technology exposure is desperately needed. Foreign language is started way too late. MOST teachers do not know how to (or don't want to) comply with 504/IEP, plus Common Core has been a problem STATEWIDE. Communication is a consistent problem, with most teachers not using email. Also, everything is a "secret" - unless you push and push to get information.
Would not choose this district again if we could do it over. Upper-level principals are argumentative, poor leaders and communicators who do not work well with parents and who do not effectively promote the success of the children. There should be "incentive" programs, as there are in other districts.

In addition, the overall "climate" of this district is not very classy. Parents dress like slobs, hoot and holler at cultural events. It's embarrassing. HIGH taxes and not receiving the value of education for the money we spend.
Nurse is great. Very helpful with one of our two children who has specific health concerns.

Metal detectors should be installed in ALL of the buildings, however. GIS is particularly vulnerable through cafeteria entrance. Any "freakshow" could enter at most ANY time of day.
Peer pressure and bullying exist - despite efforts to diminish these. Much more could be done to interest the students in becoming involved.
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