Tuesday, August 28, 2012

GREECE REVAMPS SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

     
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE ...

<<< --- NEW POLL

I'm going to assume this is a reaction to SCATS' recent postings about out-of-control teacher wish lists/supply lists and even demands for "CASH DONATIONS" instead of school supplies. Seems very likely since the lists I read a couple nights ago have ALL BEEN REMOVED from the GCSD website!

Carol Pallas at tonight's BOE meeting: "We recognize as we study these lists that some of the requests were over-the-top and we worked at making one master supply list that is on the website."

BOE Member Gale O'Toole said this general list is "just in time" because individual supply lists "just came out." Well, Gale, guess what? At a previous BOE meeting it was announced by Carol that individual school supply lists were linked to the GCSD website AND they have been posted and used by most parents already! GCSD once again does TOO LITTLE, MUCH TOO LATE! Responsible parents shop early to catch sales.
    
 
GREECE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

(This list is intended to be a list of general supplies that a child will need to begin the school year. It is not all inclusive and items may need to be replenished periodically. The school may also request additional items as needed.)



  • Pencils (one dozen)
  • 2 Pencil Sharpener (manual/hand held)
  • 1 Erasers (pink pearl)
  • 1 Youth scissors (safety/Fiskars, Grades PK-2)
  • 1 Adult scissors (grades 3-5)
  • 5 Glue Sticks
  • 5 Pocket Folders (red green yellow, blue, purple)
  • 1 Box of Crayons (24 count/Crayola)
  • 2 Packs of Post-it/Sticky notes
  • 1 Ruler (12 inch/metric)
  • Composition Notebooks (marble, 2 for Grades 3-5 and 1 for PK-2)
  • 100 Sheets of loose leaf paper (grades 3-5)
  • 1 Binder (3 ring/2 inch, grades 3-5)
  • 2 Spiral Notebooks
  • 1 Package of colored markers or color pencils
  • 1 Package of Dry Erase markers
  • Art Smock (can be old t-shirt)
  • Dry Erase Eraser (can be an old sock)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Buckman Hieghts still has a very specific list fro 3-5 on the school site as well as the cash donation on Holmes Road.

SCATS said...

To 8:09PM ~~ That doesn't surprise me at all! Thanks for the heads up ;)

Anonymous said...

WHY do they need a package of dry erase markers? In my experience as a parent and volunteer it is the teachers that are using them NOT the kids...should items like dry erase markers come from the supply cabinets in the main offices?

SCATS said...

To 8:16PM ~~ I was wondering that when I was reviewing the various lists the other night. Some of those markers give off fumes too, don't they?

Anonymous said...

The dry erase markers that are requested are used by the students on small student dry erase boards provided by the district. The teachers and students use them almost every day in math. It allows the students to share their solutions and work with the entire class. Some teachers use them for other subject besides math as well.

Anonymous said...

Most elementary students use dry erase math boards daily. They are part of the new math program. That is most likely why they are on the list. They sell low fume ones too.

Anonymous said...

I know that when my son was in Kindergarten a few years ago, the kids would use them during inside recess to draw on the little dry erase boards. You could practically get high in that room! We had to open all the windows due to the fumes! I would love to see them specify low-odor dry erase markers instead of the brand names of dry erase marker they want!

Anonymous said...

FYI: Brookside's school supply lists haven't been revamped in any way, shape or form! I have completed and have been completed with my school supply shopping for my 4 kids... if they change this list last minute, I am seriously going to flip my lid!!!

SCATS said...

So Greece buys the white boards but no markers? That's like making the kids bring in chalk for the blackboards.

To 11:09PM ~~ This "new" list is supposed to replace the other lists. However, since the "new" list begins with a disclaimer ("It is not all inclusive and items may need to be replenished periodically. The school may also request additional items as needed.), you can't assume the individual school lists aren't expected.

This is more of the usual Greece Central double-speak. I think it was intended in an effort to mask the fact Holmes Rd is begging for "CASH ONLY DONATIONS" of money, an activity that might not be considered legal ;)

Anonymous said...

Look, I don't care what that school wants or how many lists they send out.
I brought a handfull of pens home from work just like every other year and some good magic markers too, and that's what Thump will be coming to school with. I even borrowed some copier paper from work, and Thump knows how to blow his nose on the floor.

For God sake, Thump's going for the Hockey Program, not to be a brain surgeon. He needs one of them kleenexs some girl will give him one.

All this list stuff is just nuts!

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else totally disgusted by Greece teachers who live in our district, yet choose to send their own children to private schools? These people irritate me 10 times more than those teachers who choose not to live in the district. They are essentially saying Greece's crappy education is good enough for my kids, but not theirs. Yet they'll turn around and collect a check for a "job well done".

SCATS said...

To 7:09AM ~~ They don't disgust me any more than the ones who live in other towns and who say : "I would NEVER send my kids to a Greece school ... but thanks for the great benefits package!"

IMHO, public employees should live where they work, ALL of them. Police, FD, teachers, everyone. It would give them a reason to have some pride in what they do.

Anonymous said...

My neighbor is doing exactly what 7:09 describes, and yes, us other parents in the area view her as a total hypocrite. She tried to tell us it was because of the religious aspect of the education, but didn't put her kids in private school until they reached middle school. I respect that they have the choice, but it does pi$$ me off to pay her salary when she knows she and her coworkers aren't doing a good job.

SCATS said...

To 10:31PM ~~ If you want to feel better, post a sign in your yard calling out your neighbor ;) JUST KIDDING! I'd never do that unless you want the wrath of the union to descend upon your home.

Anonymous said...

I wonder about two questions:

1: What is the total cost of these supplies at retail price? Why? Because I'm thinking that they are at least as much as a small refurbished Android tablet.

2: How many of these supplies would be unnecessary if the district had spent all of that technology integration salary money actually integrating technology AND changing the way instruction is delivered (so we wouldn't need all of these consumables)?

The Rochester area medical profession is now "all digital", yet the students that we send the U of R to become doctors, use crayons.

Think about it.

SCATS said...

To 9:12AM ~~ Some parents have told me the teacher requested supplies exceed $50/child in some instances. We're talking about for grades pre-K to 5, just to be clear. Of course as soon as those high end calculators make the list at upper grade levels, the base price for the most basic supplies escalates accordingly.

As for technology integration in GCSD ... you can NOT force a Greece teacher to learn or to use any such thing. It's NOT in the contract.

No one has ever asked whatever happened to the $1,000,000 spent under a technology bond issue some years ago. Where is the proof that paid-off in any small way? From what I heard, it didn't!