PETITION TO BRING MRS. YOUNG BACK TO CHERRY CREEK ACADEMY
FOR SUBMISSION TO CHERRY CREEK ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON MAY 14TH. Signatures will be collected through May 8th.
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Dear Parents and Faculty:
This Petition is sent to you in order to gather support for bringing Mrs. Jenny Young, 5th and 6th grade Writing Teacher, back to Cherry Creek Academy (CCA). If you support this Petition, please sign this document on the right by 11:59 p.m. on May 8, 2019.
Mrs. Young’s Absence Is Degrading Academic Standards:
The CCA Administration sent notification to all parents on April 5, 2019, that Mrs. Young would not be returning for the remainder of the 2018-2019 academic year. This action has already affected the 5th and 6th grade students negatively in a significant manner. Those of you who know Mrs. Young’s high academic standards and teaching style know that her talent is absolutely irreplaceable in time to make up for the damage to the academic standards suffered by the current 5th and 6th grade students. This damage is irreversible. Such a reckless decision must be corrected, and you as parents and current faculty have the ability to put pressure on the Administration and the Board of Directors to bring Mrs. Young Back to CCA.
Mrs. Young Is an Integral Asset to the 5th and 6th Grade Teachers’ Team and to the CCA:
Any parent who currently has children in the 5th and 6th grade is welcome to ask whether the children have noticed diminished enthusiasm in other classes. At least several children have expressed on their own initiative that other teachers are not teaching with the same projected voice and enthusiasm as before. This is a clear indication that remaining teachers either disagree with Mrs. Young’s absence or fear that their enthusiasm and caring will not be valued by the Administration.
Mrs. Young Is a Caring and Outstanding Educator:
Mrs. Young has always demonstrated an extra level of care for her students. She paid attention to students’ interactions in the hallways and during recess. She has addressed bullying and other problems in order to prevent their escalation. One such example is how she handled a recent problem with spreading negative rumors. If not tackled head on, mean-spirited rumors have the potential to grow into significant problems, including tragic results like suicide.
Mrs. Young’s attention to detail reached as far as to notice that a student might not have slept enough in order to complete an assignment. She promptly addressed this issue. We are all aware how concerned health professionals and educational authorities are with proper sleep habits for the developing organisms of students in our society.
Mrs. Young always openly assisted all her students during scheduled tutoring sessions at the school. She went a step further, and tutored students outside of school. She visited students’ homes during the calendar year, as well as during the summer recess.
Tutoring is one of the CCA Charter “Non-Negotiables.” Currently, all the tutoring sessions conducted by Mrs. Young have been cancelled. This is a violation of the “Non-Negotiables.”
Mrs. Young’s caring nature inside and outside of her classroom is an asset that is very hard to replace. Mere teaching credentials and qualifications do not make one into a caring teacher.
Mrs. Young’s High Academic Standards Benefit Students and the School’s Image at Large:
Mrs. Young has always held every student accountable for their actions and omissions. Mrs. Young’s high academic demands demonstrated improvements in all the students’ performance. This benefit is reflected in each CCA student’s improved writing skills and CCA’s overall performance record, including District and State level academic measuring tests. Such a teacher is an asset that should not be lost to another school.
Mrs. Young is Objective and Fair:
Mrs. Young has always had an open door policy for parents to discuss concerns and observe how she conducts class. Mrs. Young is fair and objective in her grading. When performance is good, student grades are reflected with good grades. When she has erred in grading and someone has taken the time to discuss the issue with her, she has openly listened. If changing of the grade has been warranted, Mrs. Young has changed the grade. If during discussions it turned out that changing of the grade is not warranted, parents have agreed with Mrs. Young that the grade she issued was the correct one. When performance is mediocre or failing, corresponding letter grate is issued by Mrs. Young.
Issuing proper letter grades is one of the “non-negotiables” of the CCA Charter. Mrs. Young always adhered to the CCA Charter requirements to the highest level of integrity and standards.
Mrs. Young’s Employment Record is Impeccable:
Mrs. Young has been a teacher for 26 years. Never once has she been the subject of any disciplinary action. Her employment record is impeccable. Such excellence should be valued as a great asset for the CCA.
RETURN MRS. JENNY YOUNG TO CHERRY CREEK ACADEMY
Esteemed Members of the Board of Directors of the Cherry Creek Charter Academy:
The undersigned parents/staff of the current students of the Cherry Creek Charter Academy (CCA) request that the Board of Directors hold an extraordinary meeting and add to its voting agenda whether to offer Mrs. Young a teaching contract for the 2019-2020 academic year as a Teacher for the 5th and 6th Grade Writing Class. Alternatively, the Board should hold approval of hiring of a different teacher for the 2019-2020 academic year, until the Board has the opportunity to vote on the issue of returning Mrs. Young for the 2019-2020 academic year during its regularly scheduled meeting for the month of May, 2019.