Parent Observation preschool could close Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm
It was standing room-only last night at the local high school district's board meeting, as supporters of a local preschool and residents of the Waverly Park neighborhood voiced their opposition to the district's proposal to remove early childhood development program from its current home on the Mountain View High School campus and replace it with an alternative high school for teens who haven't done well in traditional public education settings.
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Posted by Parent, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm
Alta Vista is a continuation school for kids who aren't able to be successful in MVHS or LAHS because of academic performance and/or behavior issues. I think Terra Bella is for the truly "high-risk" students, who would still be problematic even in an Alta Vista setting. At least that is my understanding. The tougher nuts, so to speak, are at Terra Bella.
Posted by DadOfTwo, a resident of another community, on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:37 am
My daughter has attended Parent Observation this last year and it has been remarkable for her. She is really learning how to share and socialize as well as follow directions. We know that it is giving her a solid foundation for her education and it's been a great community of parents to be a part of. The District simply must save this program. An investment on the "front end" of education pays higher dividends than investments later on. I understand the need for a Terra Bella program, and unfortunately our educational institutions are not adequately funded, but there needs to be a solution to this dilemma in a relatively well-off District in Silicon Valley. The PO program has an ideal location with a classroom and developed playground. Find somewhere else for the 20 or so teens that need little more than a classroom and bathroom.
Posted by Alice, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm
I believe in the value of a program like the Terra Bella Academy but I do NOT believe it has a place right next door to Alta Vista High School or Mountain View High School. Terra Bella does house more "high-risk" students with many that have been in trouble with the law for serious offenses.
I would ask the school district think of the safety and security factors that may become a problem down the road for all 3 groups of students and possibly even the local neighborhood.
I urge them to work with all interested parties in finding another option for Terra Bella Academy to be relocated to.
Posted by parent in MVLAHS district, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm
I agree with the comment by Alice. Terra Bella sounds like a good program for the students it serves, but it seems like the MVHS location for the Terra Bella kids would likely pose problems for all three of the student groups (Alta Vista, MVHS, and the Terra Bella kids). Plus, it is my understanding that the MV resident students who attend Terra Bella all live somewhat near the current location off Shoreline and Terra Bella. So they would be stuck trying to get to a location all the way across the city that is not convenient for them. There has to be a better site...
Posted by Diana, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm
As a parent attending Mountain View Parent Observation, I am saddened to hear that this extraordinary program is at risk. With these changes coming on so suddenly, folks in the community are scrambling to find a solution for all of our children, whether they attend preschool at MVPO, or are in high school at Terra Bella. It is sad when students needs are pit against each other, and I am hopeful that the community can work together to find a solution that will allow both programs to flourish and meet the needs of our children.
Posted by Acb, a resident of another community, on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm
My child and many other children go to or have gone to this wonderful preschool. This school, or sanctuary, is a valuable reaource for children, parents and communities. Not only would this be a devasting loss to Mountain View, but an even greater absence for future generations of children and parents.
This school is too important to be brushed aside. Please save this preschool, parent onservation!
Posted by ParentObsMom, a resident of another community, on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:22 am
This is shocking. My son and I attend Parent Observation and I chose this school for him in part because of the great facilities. We realize now how this wonderful environment has be painstakingly and lovingly built over many, many years. It would be such a huge loss to the community if the Parent Observation school were to be shut down. I hope the district chooses to keep this investment in the early years of its residents.
Posted by PBN, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:44 am
I attend Parent Observation with my son, and we just love it. We have gotten so much out of the program so far. Because of the program, my son loves school and learning, and I have learned so much from the weekly parent education component. This type of investment in the community's youngest students and their parents will pay off for decades to come.
Posted by CJK, a resident of another community, on Feb 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm
The parent observation class has been invaluable to my daughter and I. We started attending in Sept. 2011 and I can see how much we both have blossomed in the special space created with so much thought and care for the class in it's current location. As my daughter learns to share, create, and her love of learning grows, I am learning to be a better parent and support her in her life. Let's don't waste the money and time that went into creating this nurturing and perfect environment for the parent observation class that prepares our littlest ones for a lifetime of learning.
Posted by Cathy, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 20, 2012 at 8:31 am
How about putting the high school on a community college campus as a middle high school program -- try to connect those students with college in hopes that they might be able to turn their lives around and see college as an option. Simply being on a community college campus will let them see that many other students like them ARE successfully attending college and headed toward new lives. It sounds like any community college from San Jose to Foothill would work for the communities they are serving. There are programs like the Middle College program (a grant that is open to any community college right now) and Academy for Excellence that could be ways to add to the work that the current program is doing with these teenagers.
Posted by Shirley, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Feb 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm
My son is in this program and it's his first exposure to school. He loves the program activities and asks to go to school even on off-days. I'm pregnant again and really hope that the school is still around for my second child to attend. Parent Observation is a gem in the community! I heard about it from a friend who checked out 5-6 preschools. PO was the top of their list! Please save this program!
Posted by Ann, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm
I've heard amazing things about Parent Observation program from multiple friends and were very much looking forward to putting my son into the 18 month old class come fall if we were lucky enough to get in. We would love the opportunity to learn to be better as parents as well as give my son a chance to socialize and learn. I hope that Mtn View finds locations to meet the needs of both sets of students taking community input into consideration