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Reply Steve Oldham
12:49 AM on September 1, 2011 
Some good writing here, Chuck...I'm a big fan of Jim Ladd (and Dweller on the Threshold is a vintage Moody Blues album/song. I am experiencing similar disdain, favoritism and propaganda myself as a displaced member of the HPHS staff. 26 years of devoted service cut clean in a moment. I miss the kids, but I don't miss the politics. I don't worry about rubbing admin the right way anymore, I am a Licensed Massage Therapist now, and I KNOW when I'm connecting w/ my clients, there's no feigning that experience...keep on rockin'!
Reply peggy Castellano
8:49 AM on November 1, 2010 
Great (but sad) blog. I think about you often. Hope 2011 is better than 2010.

Peggy
Reply Lee Barrios
10:52 PM on July 12, 2010 
Can't wait for the paperback edition!! Great writing.
Reply Barbara Stam
10:21 AM on June 28, 2010 
Sean, don't be so hard on yourself. You have to understand that we didn't know what was true or false, that the principal put on an amazingly good front at first, that we were lied to by District 7 and that the real motives for all of this may never be known.

I reapplied at the last minute, was not selected and now am relieved I am leaving. I taught social science but with the new schedule, I would have had to teach an extra period plus it most likely would have been an additional prep.

On the surface they may be scrubbing the place clean, but look below- no supplies, experienced teachers who could help the new teachers gone- with all teachers teaching one more class, how in the world will anyone have time to help anyone? That's the point- it will be scripted curriculum.

I also reapplied for my students and the only thing I feel bad about now is the chaos that will envelop them. They still need at least one social science teacher but chose not to rehire Maria Gaspar or me- that is how little they care about the kids or this community- that they would leave the kids hanging. You can bet Sean that there wll be massive turnover all year long. Many of the teachers they thought were qualified don't have the proper credentials.

Every school I have interviewed at is more functional than Fremont and cares more for its students than the new Fremont. Know that you don't have to stay and you can still look for a job and transfer.

These people running Fremont are more vicious and underhanded than we can ever know. I hope you get to teach the classes you want. Because the kids will be taking two extra classes, I think they should grant your request. I really hope they do and that you can be a stabilizing force for the kids at Fremont. If you ever need to talk, just look me up on the global address book for lausd email or on facebook.
Take care Sean and don't beat your self up. You did what you thought was right for the kids. You can be a witness to what is happening to Fremont.

Sean McCue says...
I taught at the Mont for 5 years and I will be returning to "The New Fremont" but now with trepidation, I posted this on my PE "Buff Class" site fremontpe.blogspot.com

Year's End
I must say that the last day of school was bittersweet for me. While I am excited about the time off being able to recharge my batteries, I enter the summer with trepidation for next year. In December, Fremont was scheduled for "reconstitution" which is a euphemism for getting rid of everyone who disagreed with the principal. At first I thought this would be great for the PE department as those teachers who were dead weight would not be back and only 4 of 13 are returning. The promises of collaboration and making things better have been thrown by the wayside for the decree of 'I don't really care what you think your opinion doesn't matter.' I have seen the true impact of the reconstitution and it's devastating both for the staff that remain and the students. Promises made to returnees to entice them to stay have been forgotten and the students are left to suffer.
I have had students some up to me over the past few weeks asking if I would be back next year and after giving them an affirmative reply they ask, "Are you sure?" One girl asked me this question on Friday was visibly relieved that I would return as at least three of her current teachers were not coming back. The relationships and connections made between teachers and students have been torn asunder.
I have been telling the kids that Buff Class would be back next year and there could possibly be two classes but now I really don't know. I don't know if the powers that be will grant my request and the desire of the students.
"It's for the kids"
This is often heard when speaking to District bigwigs and I don't believe it. Too much money has flooded the school in the past month. All of a sudden the graffiti is being painted over and scrubbed from the pavement, sprinklers are being fixed and numerous campus upgrades are happening but only to be finished in time for the "New Fremont" to open on July 6th.
For the first time while working in LAUSD, I am scared. Not about keeping my job did I sacrifice my morals and beliefs in staying to teach at Fremont. At the time I didn't think so but I am no longer sure of that. I may have made the wrong decision in staying. I felt early on that it was "wrong" to abandon my students and I chose to stay. I hope I am right. I made my bed. Now I must lie in it.
Reply Sean McCue
11:31 PM on June 26, 2010 
I taught at the Mont for 5 years and I will be returning to "The New Fremont" but now with trepidation, I posted this on my PE "Buff Class" site fremontpe.blogspot.com

Year's End
I must say that the last day of school was bittersweet for me. While I am excited about the time off being able to recharge my batteries, I enter the summer with trepidation for next year. In December, Fremont was scheduled for "reconstitution" which is a euphemism for getting rid of everyone who disagreed with the principal. At first I thought this would be great for the PE department as those teachers who were dead weight would not be back and only 4 of 13 are returning. The promises of collaboration and making things better have been thrown by the wayside for the decree of 'I don't really care what you think your opinion doesn't matter.' I have seen the true impact of the reconstitution and it's devastating both for the staff that remain and the students. Promises made to returnees to entice them to stay have been forgotten and the students are left to suffer.
I have had students some up to me over the past few weeks asking if I would be back next year and after giving them an affirmative reply they ask, "Are you sure?" One girl asked me this question on Friday was visibly relieved that I would return as at least three of her current teachers were not coming back. The relationships and connections made between teachers and students have been torn asunder.
I have been telling the kids that Buff Class would be back next year and there could possibly be two classes but now I really don't know. I don't know if the powers that be will grant my request and the desire of the students.
"It's for the kids"
This is often heard when speaking to District bigwigs and I don't believe it. Too much money has flooded the school in the past month. All of a sudden the graffiti is being painted over and scrubbed from the pavement, sprinklers are being fixed and numerous campus upgrades are happening but only to be finished in time for the "New Fremont" to open on July 6th.
For the first time while working in LAUSD, I am scared. Not about keeping my job did I sacrifice my morals and beliefs in staying to teach at Fremont. At the time I didn't think so but I am no longer sure of that. I may have made the wrong decision in staying. I felt early on that it was "wrong" to abandon my students and I chose to stay. I hope I am right. I made my bed. Now I must lie in it.
Reply Jasmine Calvillo
5:48 PM on June 26, 2010 
I went to say my goodbyes to the Mont on friday and it was really sad. I said my goodbye to my favorite teachers who werent going to return. I helped out Mr. Olynyk and Mrs. Moraca gather their things together & it was like a waterworks show the whole day. No one wanted to picture this day but here it came. I was a student at fremont for 3 years and i can honestly say that the teachers have made a lasting impression in my life. They have molded me and guided me and i really appreciate them. I love them so much. I graduated this past tuesday and if it wasnt for the amazing teachers i wouldnt have believed in myself. so thank you very much... Humanitas!!! i love my humanimama!! class of 2010!!
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