Traditional or Year-Round?

Ok, so it has come to my attention that the Menifee School District went to traditional instead of year-round. I am curious how the year-rou...

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Ok, so it has come to my attention that the Menifee School District went to traditional instead of year-round. I am curious how the year-round affected children other than mine.

My child, and many, many of her classmates, had strong feelings about the segregation of the year-round system. Many felt that the children being labeled A, B, C, and D affected how they viewed themselves over their school career. My child spent all of her elementary and middle school years here in Menifee, went on to Paloma, and found that she was still "stuck" with the same group that she had been placed with on the track system. After talking to a number of students from all tracks, they all had the same response. Very few kids "crossed over" from track group to track group.

What was sad was that the kids labeled each other. Whether one was an over achiever or a misfit, a success or a failure, in each other's eyes, were based largely upon the track to which they were assigned in Kindergarten. These views stayed with many, many of the kids all the way through school, until graduation.

I would like to hear Menifee's thoughts on this, as this was a very informal poll, done by me alone.

How did your kids fair?

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  1. Traditional is far superior

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  2. Have kids not been placed in a certain “category” for as long as public school has been around?

    Kids make friends as soon as they enter school and maintain the same group, for the most part, the entire time they are in school. Why is this something new?

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  3. Our "kid" did great. We loved year round. Our student loves school and we enjoyed vacations off season. Child care was never a problem. While kid had close friends in track, other activities introduced kids from other tracks and schools. Lots of friends were made and we noticed our child was able to find common interests with different groups. Our child seemed to drift towards older friends/role models in high school and was never in a group labeled by track there. Graduated from a private university and is in grad school. Great and terrible staff at Paloma, I was able to find more info re college than their counselors, but this is sadly the norm. Too bad you found track isolation. I didn't with our child or friends.

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  4. My kids are out of school now but they went to year around....didn't have the problems you speak of....but this was in a different city....perhaps this is just a Menifee thing? I am glad to see a charter school forming, we need more choices.

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  5. My 3 children went to Callie and Bell Moutain for almost 2 years... and I never heard or experienced this at all. The track is selected by the parents, depending on what schedule works best for them.... I had a good experience with both schools, but the high school choices in Menifee were unacceptable to me, so we switched our kids out to a fabulous charter school in Temecula. Hopefully the plan is still in the works to create a high school out of the Perris School District for our Menifee kids.

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  6. I like the elementary schools in Menifee. Many are distinguished schools recognized by the state.
    My kids never had problems. We liked year round so this new schedule will get some getting used to. I think there are 11 or 12 elementary schools now in Menifee.

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  7. Met son for lunch today. He started at Callie and graduated from Paloma. He agrees he had close friendships within his track in elementary. He had several friends from activities with kids from other tracks and schools. We laughed at the labeling of tracks. Couldn't remember what track was supposedly what. Didn't feel "labeling"" carried into high school. Do recall a mom switched her kid to the more "academic" track from son's track. Son was accepted to several colleges which would be good fits. He Is a grad student now working on Masters.

    We loved year round.

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  8. Both of my boys are in the district. On just graduated elementary school and is now in a charter school. My other is at ridgemore and is in the second grade. I know the kids on my block never seem to look at one track as a lesser class or not as smart. I did hear them tease each other (ha-ha you have to go to school and I don't) the one thing I liked about year round is that the kids aren’t away from school too long. I just feel that if you have a child out of school for two and a half to three month they start to forget and it takes them longer to get back it to a learning mode. However if they get three smaller breaks. They are back into it in a week. Not to mention the kids get to have a vacation in more then one season. We liked having the winter vacation and a summer vacation. This is just my opinion. I just hope the school district isn't doing this just to save money, and they are making changes that are the best for the kids.

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  9. I loved the year round system and so did my children. I have two in elementary school. My kids have made very close friends being in the track system. And they have never associated who they were based on the track they were on. Now with everyone on the same system you have to deal with more traffic around the school, what a nightmare that is! My 4th grade daughter is now in a combo class because there is just not enough room for all the kids to be at the school at one time. If she has a question now, while the teacher is teaching the other grade she has to ask a neighbor. So how is this beneficial to my daughters education?

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  10. My kids did very well the the track system and I haven't heard of any of the issues you described. I wish we would go back. There is way to much traffic now.

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  11. My daughter is in 6th grade and my son in 4th. They have said they are going to miss year round school. I actually miss it because we used to go on vacations when everyone else and their mother did. They are still young so maybe their feelings about being a number will change in time, but I highly doubt that because the now go to the school Santa Rosa Academy a charter school. Class sizes are smaller and there is more getting to know the students. I love it. Ok I think I have gone off subject. LOL

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  12. That is absolutely ridiculous that the kids felt labeled! All of my kids were on tracks and had friends on other tracks since they were also involved in sports and other outside activities. I am proud of all my kids acheivements and feel the Menifee School District and its great teachers are doing a fantastic job. Please quit bashing our schools. It is the parents responsibility to encourage kids and help them feel good about themselves.

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  13. I'm not sure that my kids actually realized which track they were in...so I guess they weren't affected. But my kids have also only been in school for a year - kinder and second grade. It may have made more of an impact on them if they had "tracked" longer. I too am excited to see more choices coming to Menifee.

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  14. No problems noted that you speak of. It's people like you that create these types of problems by creating fictitious scandals. I don't think there's any data either to support your theory.

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  15. I asked my son and he said is was like that for him. He was a C tracker. the breakdown from his point of view was A track had all the smart kids, B track had a lot of trouble makers, C track had all the mexican kids (he went on to explain that back when the teachers were teaching bilingual the school grouped all the ESL kids on the same track, C) and D track was the leftovers. He did remain friends with many of the kids he tracked through with but didn't feel stuck in high school, he branched out and got involved in activities that opened up his world. of course now, his friends are mostly not from school.

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