Prospective students, parents invited to open house
Merlin Holmes, SkyView Academy Executive Director, looks forward to the completion of the ongoing expansion at the soon-to-be K-12 school. Courtesy photo
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So proud of Skyview and how far the school has grown since opening. I am the proud parent of two Skyview students and have been with the school since inception. Both my kids love the school and it was an easy transition from our neighborhood school. We have been very pleased with both the teachers and the administration. Looking forward to a bright future for the school and the completion of the construction!
I would like to formally add a positive note about Skyview Academy. Whilst I will not argue with the specific complaints listed by the parent below, of which I have no knowledge, I would just like to say how delighted I am with Skyview Academy.
We were lucky enough to attend from the first year of enrollment with our eldest child. We have the advantage of a great local school to attend so our risk was minimal if we happened to be unhappy and wanted to change schools down the track. We now have 3 children there and could not be happier. Or to be more accurate, our children could not be happier there. That we are happy too, is just a bonus! From each wonderful classroom teacher, to the specials teachers, to the new administration and the board. In my dealings I have found all of them to be approachable, honorable, fantastic at communication and consistent in the main approach which is to offer a education-rich environment for all students. When I compare what my children are learning as opposed to what children in the same years are learning at some other local Douglas County schools, I am blown away.
The level of education offered is above all our expectations and we have no hesitation in recommending Skyview Academy to all our friends. We have met many wonderful families who also attend Skyview and I would have to say I have never come across so many people working together to make this school a success… which it is!
Disillusioned with SkyView Academy Although the core knowledge curriculum and class sizes are desirable, another draw, Character Education fails from the top down. SkyView leadership does not consistently and effectively demonstrate the positive character and honorable leadership we expect to be exhibited to our children. Specific examples include the primary principal throwing her subordinate under the bus; blaming her for a miscommunication. Had Sandi accurately communicated to her subordinate the error would not have occurred. That is not honorable leadership, it is shameful. The follow up and clarification of that miscommunication took weeks after Sandi was aware of the miscommunication. Sandi told me she did not understand why timing of communication mattered. A further clarification on pricing that Sandi promised from our one and only meeting took a month to send to impacted families. Three times she said she would be putting together a comprehensive survey of families regarding the BASE program. It did not occur in the fall, nor the spring, nor on the annual survey of SkyView families. Integrity? Not here. A year later Sandi twice refused to meet with me as a follow up to our single previous conversation. She deemed it not necessary; believing she already knew what my input would be on a survey, though she had not talked to me in over a year. Needless to say, the survey she finally published was poorly crafted, incomplete, and even required families to provide their names in order to submit the survey. That is unheard of from organizations seeking candid feedback. Courage? No. From the executive director, I received similar disappointment. SVA promotes social contracts for classrooms and organizations, yet the first contract between the school, parents, and students, the Handbook can be revised without notice and without regard to the founding principles of the school. When I challenged a policy of imposing after school detention for each instance of late homework for 4th and 5th graders, I had constructive ideas gleaned from high performing elementary schools as alternatives. When I raised those, the former elementary principal told me that a wonderful thing about Colorado was the ability to open enroll, essentially telling me if I didn’t like it, I could disrupt my children and move them to another school. So much for welcoming parent involvement. When I specifically asked him about this, Mr. Holmes condoned it with his silence. Mr. Holmes also chose to ignore two different emails I sent to him requesting meetings. The emails followed the requirements of the handbook, but he did not want to discuss the issue, so he ignored the request. He did not decline the requests with a valid reason, he ignored it because he lacks respect. Respect is, for me, the foundation of good character, yet Merlin does not respect the parents of SVA, nor the contract that the handbook is. Refusing to have a dialogue does not demonstrate honorable leadership. Character and honorable leadership are best taught by example, not by ‘do as I say, . . .’ models, and for this parent, SkyView Academy falls short. There is reason to hope though. The newest members of the leadership team of SkyView, the elementary principal, Mr. Munier and the high school principal, Ms. Burgess have exhibited the character and honorable leadership we want to see in our children.
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