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Old 09-24-2007, 06:11 PM
 
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My son's new school is like night and day from the one we left back in NY. Tonight was Open School Night and it was just mellow, people not cramming each other like animals, plenty of room in the parking lot..his class is so large and inviting with much fewer kids. I never noticed how big it was the other time I was there.
The playground is so big and kid friendly--not an afterthought parking lot. It has swings, a field, a few slides and so on..

The teachers want you (the parents) to call them by their first names. They didn't lecture us on 'what the kids would learn this year.' We were able to just wander the school and see the classrooms and the other places the kids learn. The pace is much more relaxed. I hope I wind up a bit like that, too. (just not hyped up about stuff..)

We even saw a lot of bats on the playground.

I'm just posting this for other parents thinking of moving to a more rural place to let you know that small towns have a lot to offer your kids, even if they aren't the most exciting places to live.
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:59 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Gypsy, it's great that the school has such an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, but do keep tabs on the content of academic content to make sure your kids are really getting an education that will allow them to be competent and competative should they go on to post secondary phases. I've spoken to a few parents here and some are a bit frustrated that the amount of fluff exceeds solid academics. A recent commentary on interpreting the performance of our students here suggests that their statistical ranking is not as great as we have been led to believe. Anyway, it's good to hear things are working out.
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