My district is going through lots of changes in preparation for the move from K-5 to K-6 schools. School attendance boundaries will be changed; therefore, lots of parents are up in arms. Anyway, BF & I went to dinner last night. A man and his wife sitting very close to us were discussing the fact that their children are possibly going to attend another school in the fall due to the boundary changes. Side note: I believe the gentleman may've been hard of hearing because he was speaking extremely loudly. I'm pretty certain everyone in the restaurant could hear his conversation. A couple (sitting in close proximity to the husband & wife who were talking about boundary changes) chimed in. Apparently, their children all attend the same school. The wife said, "It's okay if they move to x school--as long as they don't get shipped over to (insert name of my school)!" The man with the loud voice started laughing. My BF said my face turned as red as a tomato. Yes--the majority of the students at my school are learning English as a second language. Yes--98% of my kiddos receive free/reduced lunch. Yes--we're located in a not-so-desirable neighborhood. Does that mean we're a substandard school? Absolutely not. Here's why: 1. Due to the number of ELs and students who receive free/reduced lunch, we receive a lot of extra funds. Those funds allow us to have 1:1 devices for ALL 600 children at our site. 2. We may not have a lot of parental involvement, but we do have quite a bit of fundraising that happens throughout the year that allows our students to go on field trips--the same field trip the kiddos in the more affluent area of town go on! 3. We provide extra curricular activities (sports & clubs) during lunch and enrichment/tutorial after school for all students. I am the product of the school where I serve as VP. I can wholeheartedly say that there is a rich tradition of achievement, dedication, and care for the children who attend this school. Our teachers are some of the most hardworking and committed people I've ever had the pleasure of working alongside. Just because my school is located on the wrong side of the tracks doesn't mean we're subpar! I'm pretty certain it's obvious that the people at the restaurant hit a nerve. It's unfortunate that their narrow-minded views are keeping them from seeing that there are phenomenal teachers across our district--not just at their children's school. I truly can't explain the way I felt when my school was painted in a negative light. I was literally shaking.