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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    I have two children, one who is now in high school and another still at Waters. I am so thankful for the fact that I live in the neighborhood and my children can attend a school that they have NEVER been made to feel unsafe. The teachers and administration have a zero tolerance policy on any type of bullying and for the more than 11 years that I have been a parent I have never seen an incident of violence or bullying on the playground ,EVER, nor have my children ever come home to tell me about any such incidents . For the most part there seems to be a great deal of respect between the teachers and the students. I also want to share that my son who always struggled in Math has in the past two years gone from a 1 percentile (yes that's right) to a 33rd percentile carrying a high B average this year with NO help from his parents. Mr. Gil , along with my son's other teachers came together and put a plan of action out for him including after school tutoring and before school tutoring . I think Waters School is doing everything right , I am sorry to hear parents who have had negative experiences but that's not the school experience my family has had at all.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 18, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    As parent of waters, I agree the school has come a long way as neighborhood school. Based parent involvement and community support, you would expect continued academic growth for our children. The academic performance, test results and student growth rate, should be on an upward trend. Test scores, have plateaued or declined and we rank nationally below the 50th percentile in math and reading across many grade levels. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of many of teachers and staff to our children. It is the administration's and the principal responsibility to develop the staff and implement the appropriate measures to address performance gaps with the staff and curriculum. In addition, it is the LSC's responsibility to hold the administration accountable and ensure the action plan to improve the school's performance is followed through on. I would encourage parents to go on-line and review the CIWP (Continuous Improvement Work Plan). Review the section for the ILT (instructional leadership team), there are no comments or evidence to support the implementation of the plan. Current leadership at Water's should not accept average performance, our children deserve more!

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 18, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    As someone who has been involved with this school since before Mrs Crespo (Kipp) was principal, I will tell you how far the school has come. We have had great luck with hard working teachers, and yes the community has embraced this school and made it what it is today. So it's clear there's one parent who had a bad experience, and has chosen to post multiple negative reviews. But if you talk to parents on the playground, the feedback I get is immensely positive. This local school has sent my daughter on to Lane Tech, and given my son a place where he is enthusiastic about school. We're lucky to have this gem as our local school.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 17, 2014
  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Our child, now in fourth grade, has been attending Waters since pre-school. Her growth as a person and student has been tremendous. By integrating fine arts, computer science and ecology with the basics, she's been exposed to a well-rounded learning environment. Is the school perfect? No. Can communication between teachers, the administration and parents improve? Sure. I'd venture to say that's true at nearly every school. I've found, however, that Waters' leaders are open to ideas. They are willing to reverse course on concepts that don't seem to be working. Also, the administration seems pretty adept at maneuvering through CPS' byzantine bureaucracy. Prospective families need to understand that Waters has a very active parent community that's helped propel the school forward. But that involvement also seems to have created a feeling among some that the administration should respond to every whim and whisper. At the end of the day though, this is a CPS school and it is bound by rules handed down by the board. To me, the most important thing is this: my child LOVES to learn and that desire has been nurtured at Waters.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 17, 2014
  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    This is a wonderful school community in the city. It has dedicated teachers, staff, and families. It offers so much more than the average CPS school due to parents fundraising and the principal being receptive to that involvement and working with parents to make changes everyone sees as important for going forward in education. There are things that could be changed , as with any school, .even the top rated schools will have things not everyone will be happy with. But the bottom line is that Waters fosters children that are well versed, multicultural, respectful of people and their environment, love the arts, excel in their subjects and feel safe and taken care of at the same time. My child went there for six years and had great grades, tested well, made lifelong friends, developed a love of learning , and is doing great at her junior high school because of it. Did I love every teacher? No. Did I love certain homework assignments/projects? No. But welcome to the real world. Will you love every co worker you have, every boss, every job you are assigned, chances are .NO. Waters students have a bright future in my humble opinion.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 17, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Our son has been going to Waters for the past six years and we have been truly happy with what he has learned as a student and as a respectful person of a community. The art program is fantastic and the ecology program is amazing--the pride our son has in learning about his environment, recycling, and nature is truly inspiring. He has had attentive and wonderful teachers and to address some of the below concerns, his grades have always correlated with his test scores. I have always treated the administration and front desk staff with respect and therefore they have treated me with respect back. I give the school 4 stars for two reasons: 1) I am a very hard rater and rarely give anything a 5/5 2) like all CPS schools, there is always room for improvement and I think this school will get there. For all of you who have been unhappy with the school and its administration, I am sorry for your experiences and truly hope you find a school that meets your child's needs better.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 14, 2014
  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    What I expected: A progressive, professional, open administration who welcomed parent involvement and listened to parent concerns. Excellent, inspiring, respectful teachers. Rigorous instruction. An involved parent community. My experience : Pluses: Amazing gardens; some great teachers; an involved parent community. Minuses - A principal who consistently fails to hire and retain excellent teachers; who lacks vision, leadership and communication skills. She has repeatedly ignored my correspondence, failed to adequately address serious concerns regarding my children, tried to intimidate, embarrass and humiliate me so that I am afraid to ask for anything or express an opinion for fear that my children will suffer. Overall, mediocre teachers. While there are some great teachers there is a culture of disrespect and laziness that comes from the top down. Look at the test scores to see where we stand academically. They speak for themselves. My experience may not reflect that of others. I am delighted for those who have found Waters to be exactly as expected but sad for my family and those others for whom it has proven so disappointing. We are looking at other options.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 14, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    WATERS-ISAT Composite 2013 ? 68.4% CPS Average 52.5% NWEA Reading Growth 2013 ? 50th National Average 50th percentile NWEA Math Growth 2013 ? 26th National Average 50th percentile BELL - ISAT Composite 2013 ? 87.1% CPS Average 52.5% NWEA Reading Growth 2013 ? 93rd National Average 50th percentile NWEA Math Growth 2013 ? 93rd National Average 50th percentile BLAINE - ISAT Composite 2013 ? 88.8% CPS Average 52.5% NWEA Reading Growth 2013 ? 99th National Average 50th percentile NWEA Math Growth 2013 ? 99th National Average 50th percentile RAVENSWOOD ISAT Composite 2013 ? 59.6% CPS Average 52.5% NWEA Reading Growth 2013 ? 70th National Average 50th percentile NWEA Math Growth 2013 ? 99th National Average 50th percentile

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 13, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    I thought I transferred my daughter to a great school Waters, to only find out the parents and community are the ones who have built this school into what it is now . My kid has been bullied and when I've tried to reach out to the office staff (including teachers ) , they basically told me that my kid was a liar etc... my kid has came home crying and refusing to go to school . I have brought this to the attention of the principal "Crespo" and she has refused to speak to me , the office staff seems to be intimidated by her and her ways she's speaks to them is very unprofessional and rude , I believe is the reason why the staff In the office is not useful . Crespo needs to realize she didn't change the school (previously art teacher ) the parents and neighborhood are the ones who have made this school what it is , but including teachers and principle they are extremely rude and inconsiderate about how the parents feel when it comes to the best of the parents knowledge with their own kids . Horrible experience , not to my expectations !!!

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 12, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    We are long time residents of the neighborhood and strong supporters of the public school system. Waters Elementary has great potential (wonderful community, campus, children, and teachers), unfortunately the leadership at the school has promoted the acceptance of mediocrity and dismissiveness. Grades are handed out liberally and don't correlate to test scores. The principal has not raised the bar for her staff in recent years or provided them with necessary guidance and direction to meet a higher standard. Recent hires in the past couple of years have been underwhelming in their ability to teach the "basics" and connect with the children/parents. We are hopeful that the administration at the school will respond appropriately and invest the time and effort required to make Waters Elementary a school that promotes inclusion, openness and a culture of accountability for administration and staff.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 11, 2014
  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Do you live in Waters' School District? Please come to an LSC meeting to gauge the dynamic, meet our principal, and see if it it seems like a good fit for your family. It is for me. When I toured schools before enrolling at Waters, three principals spontaneously expressed profound respect for Ms. Crespo, for her vision, leadership, and success at making Waters a thriving school. As treasurer of Waters' fundraising group, I have collaborated closely with Ms. Crespo. She is a dedicated professional who cares deeply for our students, teachers and staff. Waters school is successful because she is at the helm. Ms. Crespo meets with parents who ask for meetings. She is professional at LSC meetings. There may be tension with parents who try to tell her how to run the school. So be it. We are a neighborhood public school - not a co-op where parents weigh in equally on how to run the school. I don't envy any CPS principal. It is an extremely difficult job in which it is literally impossible to please everyone. Thankfully, Ms. Crespo's 4-year contract was just renewed in the Spring. I look forward to her continued leadership for years to come. -Vanessa Caleb Herman

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 11, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Our whole family loves Waters school! The neighborhood community is amazing, and my kids love their fabulous teachers, especially in ecology, music, and art. I can't believe how much they're learning every day and look forward to many more years at Waters! We have always found the administration, including the principal, open and welcoming. We feel extraordinarily lucky that this is our public school.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 10, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    What makes a school great? Leadership. Waters gets a D-. It gets an A in amazing community & parents, Arts/Ecology program, and some dedicated teachers. Good things were happening, we served, volunteered, donated, fundraised, enrolled, but the Principal s pension-time countdown apathy has taken a toll on us all. She has not been able to advance Waters. She s lost her way. We produce low math scores for Tier 4, she fails to hire and retain good teachers and lack of vision, communication and planning caused us to stall. Quick to dismiss concerns, she intimidates, marginalizes and yells at parents, the LSC, & teachers. Parents want to help and beg to volunteer, but access is quickly eroding. We hear, its all about the kids, these are my babies , but our dear leader never leaves the office to go upstairs. Does she care about what happens in the classroom? We'll have to wait for the LSC to do something or leave, no problem there will be others to fill your spot is her answer, not accountability or collaboration. I feel duped. 3 movies in 2 weeks - a rigorous curriculum?? I don t need Ipads or organic lunches, but I need a vision, inspired Tier 4-worthy instruction and creativity.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 8, 2014

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  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    I felt that we were getting into a really great school. They do have so much to offer. My daughter loves what she learns but I must say that the principal is very rude and hard to talk to. I have made attempts in the past to contact the princple and I get asked many questions as to why? She has a big attitude and talks down to you when you speak to her. The office staff is the same and do little to nothing to help parents when they have to bring up a concern. Her teacher is not one that goes above and beyond but gives parents a hard time for not being able to keep in step. I have been to the parent teacher meet and greet at the beginning of the year and a concern that all parents had was not addressed in the way that would have helped the students or families because it was not the teachers way of doing things. I feel very disappointed that things have turned out this way. There is a huge lack of communication and they expect you to be connected to all these websites to find out what is going on at the school instead of sending home information. It has been a nightmare and we are looking to pull our child out at the end of the year.

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools November 5, 2014

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Ukulele Player?

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I'm having trouble finding a professional ukulele player who is local (even within the state!) Anyone know of anyone you've heard or worked with? I'd love their name, if they'd be interested in playing a wedding.

  • Thanks, Bree! I will reach out!

  • Gladys, I play the uke, and would be very interested in this! I have actually performed for a wedding ceremony before. Please email me if interested:

    jasonclivecooper@gmail.com

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