I need to be brutally honest, I have never written anything on this site that I don't stand by. That said, I have never engaged in the comments bashing teachers and/or principals. Every resident is entitled to his/her opinion. My articles call out issues and problems; however, I stand behind my comments/articles with my name. I've had wonderful experiences with LGUSD, both as a student and as a parent. I'm not going to sugar-coat and say everything has been perfect because nothing is perfect--not even me! When I have an issue, I talk to those who can help and hope the issue will be resolved. People are people, we make mistakes and with constructive criticism, I believe we can change.
When I received BH's email earlier, I sat in disbelief. Again, people are people and we all make mistakes; however, the following letter concerns me. In the past year, Susan von Felten was named LGUSD's Director of Curriculum. I don't have any personal experiences with Ms. von Felten; I can't say anything good or bad about her job performance. When she was named Director of Curriculum, I was hoping that changes would be implemented in our schools and our curriculum would expand. In my opinion, the Director of Curriculum at LGUSD is a proud position to hold. I'm sure it is well-paid and it must enhance the resume! That said, when the Director of Curriculum writes a letter and sends it to all LGUSD parents, one would hope that the Director of Curriculum would take the time to read it over before parents receive it. It was painful to read the following letter, not only because the 5th graders performance is cancelled, but because of the quality of the writing:
The informances previously scheduled for 5th grade music the week before break will be rescheduled as more formal performances for the Spring. We would like to showcase what the students have learned with a more formal performance this Spring that will allow the students the opportunity to shine on stage in alignment with the Visual and Performing Arts Standards. We appreciate your understanding as we move to a more formal performance structure for the 5th grade music students. If you have any questions regarding the change in schedule please feel free to contact Susan von Felten at 335-2230.
My open letter to LGUSD Staff: Please please please please please please check your work before submitting. I learned this quality as a LGUSD student. I know there are times when we're busy and times when we have to submit something asap -- I get it. However, what does it say about our schools when a member of the staff doesn't check his/her work before sending it out? Los Gatos has highly educated parents - I'm sure it's not an easy place to work. In my opinion, we need to practice what we preach: Check your work or you might not be taken seriously.