Michael Eisenberg

Hood Canal Elementary & Junior High School2

Shelton, WA | Mason County


May 11, 2014

Hood Canal is a public school located on the Skokomish Indian reservation. It is the only k-8 school within 20 miles of Hoodsport, so if you live out here it is the only choice for your kids outside of home school or becoming your own bus driver. Most of the staff is older and out of touch from modern teaching methods. Recently they hired a new superintendent/principal. He is doing his best to improve the school from the deplorable test scores under prior principal, but the progress is slow, and I fear without a major faculty replacement little will change. The native kids are a priority as the school is on their land and many faculty are tribal members. The native kids have little respect for the white kids and get little reprisals for derogatory action. This is a 'school of hard knocks' for white kids.So, if you are moving here with kids I'd recommend moving to the North Mason School District (Belfair), over Hood Canal or Shelton districts.

Submitted by a parent

April 22, 2014

As my son is getting ready to graduate from the 8th grade, I can't help but remember my 8th grade experience at Hood Canal in '88. I was a transfer student from California and I remember the kids bullying and ostracizing me and my sister. The teachers pretty much ignored it, not really caring. In fact, for our eighth grade dance the theme was "where have all the good times gone?" and they did a montage of all the students from grades K-8. My sister and I were blatantly left out. We were not mentioned at all. In fact when they passed out carnations to all the students we were given broken, wilted flowers by the teacher who said "you don't mind do you?" I'm surprised we even graduated since it seemed the teachers were more interested in promoting the "native" students. So my advice, don't bother enrolling your kids here unless you're a native resident. They don't treat outsiders kindly.

February 9, 2014

I am a former student from probably about 15 years or so ago, so I'm sorry if this isn't much help in the present, but what I remember most about this school was the wonderful art classes and native art and culture we were able to experience. I'm greatly saddened by reports of declining quality in the arts for the district. I transferred out in the 1st grade, but as a professional artist and graphic designer, I think the time I spent there has influenced my art style more than any other time in my life. I do faintly recall some bullying issues, but I can't remember what about.

December 28, 2013

The Superintendent/Principal is in his second year. He is removed from the front office, as his office is located upstairs and in an out of the way office. The Vice Principal is in her second year and should never have been hired by the District. She is disorganized and does not get back to people about problems and issues, the same goes for the superintendent/principal. They have lost the respect of the staff. The staff is unwilling to try and improve their teaching methods, some are not computer users so they don't do a good job of teaching computer skills to the kids. Several of the old time teachers need to retire and leave the school as they are ineffective teachers. The tribal students are disrespectful to the other students and staff. So do yourself a favor and take your kids to another school district. The best thing that could happen is all the old time staff retires and the school district is consolidated with the Shelton School District.

October 21, 2009

the teaching staff is very weak. It is an oldstyle school without modern ideas.

Submitted by a parent

June 16, 2008

I thinkthe new principal Mr. Churchill is doing a wonderful Job. Keep up the good work.

Submitted by a parent

August 9, 2007

My kids start 4th and 5th grade this year. So far, I am thrilled with the school. They offer free meals to all students, and free after school programs. I do think as they get older, I will wish the school had more activities, but for now, I am a very thrilled mom. When my kids have a problem, or are being a problem, the situation is almost always taken care of right away, and in a (in my opinion) constructive, helpful manner. My kids have gone through all the other shelton grade schools, and I wouldn't go back to them for anything. In fact, I really wish hood canal school would add on 9th grade. Especially since the grades and schools are so mixed up in shelton. I have no opinion on parents involvement.

Submitted by a parent

November 24, 2004

I went to Hood Canal through 8th grade.I loved it. I was in the band, The Choir,the drill team, and Art with Mrs. pringle. When I had a problem with something , my teacher would help me. I was an A/B student. I recieved the coaches award in the 7th grade and was very athletic. I remember the dances and programs when my parents would come watch us perform. I now have kids in the school. There is no band, no choir, I don't hear of any programs for the parents to watch their children perform, and art classses ony thanks to special people who fund the program themselves. Where has the money gone?

Submitted by a former student

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