South Edgecombe Middle School
Greetings Mr. Grady Principal:
I am pissed that I have not received a response from Ms. Griffin nor you with an answer to my previous email.
I went to work at 5:00 AM and got off at 9:00 AM so that I could attend the Awards Day. I came to watch my son and the other children receive their awards since this is what Awards Day is designed for. This is something that takes place during the final days of school yearly so therefore it is no damn excuse for any children not receiving their awards at the specified time.
My wife said she was told that the school wanted the names of the children turned 3 weeks ago if I am correct and that some teachers didn’t have time or something. This is no excuse. The children are expected to do what they come to school to do and the same should apply to the staff. The children are penalized for not doing what they are supposed to do and it is more than likely that the staff will not be reprimanded for their unprofessionalism. If the staff were to be penalized, it still does nothing to correct the situation because the children missed the opportunity to go on stage and receive their certificates on a day designed for the children and the parents to participate.
My son came home with his certificate “B” Honor Roll. My son coming home with the certificate does not answer my question and I am still waiting for a response. Although my son did receive another certificate Most Improved in a category, I am a proud to be a parent of a child that made the “B” Honor Roll and “A” Honor Roll list during the entire school year in which at the end of the year equated to a “B” Average.
As always I video and take pictures of events such as Awards Day and I was unable to capture my son receiving his “B” Honor Roll Certificate nor other children because I know that the short list of names called yesterday were not the complete list.
I am now having a flashback to when I had to challenge a previous principal at this school several years ago when my daughter was cheated out of the “A” Honor Roll so she would not receive a trophy but instead was given the “B” Honor Roll. Because of my complaint, the school had to go back and have another Awards Day at the beginning of the next school year and several students received their correct award. During this time of my complaint it was discovered that the 3 middle schools in the county grading system was not consistent and that if a child was to move to another middle school within the county the child’s grades may have not followed them correctly. A new policy was put in place.
In my closing, I want to reiterate that it is sad that the children are penalized when they do not do what they are tasked to do. It is a damn shame that the staff have cheated the children out of a day that was designed for them when the staff should have done their job of making sure the children received what is rightfully theirs at the right time. It is not fair to them nor the parents such as myself who have to work but is willing to take the time to support their child.
We are always hearing much about the negativity of the children and then when it comes time for the children to be recognized for their hard work, they are penalized by the staff because the staff failed to do their part. This is unacceptable for me.
I am still waiting on a response because I would like to know the reason why my child and other children did not receive their award on Awards Day.
Thanking you in advance.
Curmilus Dancy II
South Edgecombe Middle School