Now that is sending a message!Get it!
Funniest part about it- it's been 20+ years since Bridgeport has won an academic trophy. Snoogins!!! ♫
Hello. Wake up Bridgeport parents those trophies were not for sports! Therefore they were not "Real Trophies".
It is odd what wakes up parents to demand more for their kids! We live in a culture that values Friday night football over Math and Science. In life, football won't be the life skills needed to be successful; Math and Science skills will be the tools required to advance to a good job.
7:25. You are incorrect. The math/science team has numerous state titles within just the last several years. Check your facts with the Texas Math Science Coaches Association.
Let's hope the days of giving trophies to schools is over. Give medals to the kids who win and all problems solved.
That is because you are not a trusted source BG. Thankfully..
In addition to 8:09's accurate opinion, school's worship of football is actually a negative of real life. That, and so many other things that make you "successful" in school life are the exact OPPOSITE of what real life is all about. Of course not ALL "populars" flop in real life, just those that are "popular" for all the wrong, invalid reasons.
8:09 the math/science was only for a select few of students. That doesn't equate to football out weighing the importance of education. Matter of fact the "no pass no play" probably educates more students than the math/science program. I can name thirty kids off the top of my head that wouldn't have made the grades if it wasn't in order to play sports and the math/science team would not want them within 100 feet of their practice. You parents can whine all you want about your trophies but the math/science teams effect far fewer students than any other program in that school whether it be sports, band, or art.
on the pictures wfaa gives itself credit.. credit from lifting them from a website maybe..
Wow! Bridgeport Administration does it again! Screw up, lie about it, and then what happens? NOTHING!!! Guess who pays the price? The kids!!! Wake up Bridgeport!
This isn't about trophies.. it's about someone taking a big steaming dump on the effort it took to get them.All the programs you mentioned are important to someone and it wouldn't matter if these trophies were for one act play or the state playoffs.The represent achievement!There were options for their removal and those were either not considered or ignored.In a time when school pride at BMS needs some bolstering and academic excellence should be lauded, this "trashing of past effort," in my opinion, was frankly, a stupid decision.
WOW!! Some of you just don't get it! The problem is not about the math/science team or the football team or who makes the better grades or who won more trophies! It is about the kids!! These kids who won these trophies are crushed! They feel as if all of their blood, sweat, and tears mean nothing! Those throphies are a part of who these kids are and what they have become. They feel that their hard work means nothing to BMS!!! I also feel that this story was not reported to just make an issue about the trophies being thrown away. The whole point was to make more of the public aware of what kind of operation is being ran in Bridgeport ISD. When you have a teacher, from BMS, post a comment on the blog about how the moral of the teachers at the middle is at an all-time low, what kind of job do you think these teachers are doing? It is not their fault for sure!! The administration is to blame!!! So if the moral is low, more than likley these teachers are not performing to the best of their ability because of that low moral. So what kind of education do you think these children receiving?? Hello Bridgeport, WAKE UP!!!!! Something needs to be done and this trophy incident is just the start of it. The teachers and the parents need to unite, yes I said unite. This means they need to work together and take this issue to the school board. But this is only going to happen if there are enough parents that care or have the courage to stand up for what is right! These kids are the future of our nation. Do we really want them to earn a half a@# education!!
9:13,When was the last time you heard of ANYONE making a living playing football WITHOUT an education.duh!
The officials that were on TV from Bridgeport Middle School have made even Rhome look professional.
Anon-9:26I took those pictures, WFAA did not "lift" them from any website. You might want to get you facts straight before you open you mouth!
9:13 Math and science is critically important to creating new jobs; not football or sports unless you are the very, very few who can make it to professional sports! Somehow students are not being challenged to learn if playing football is their only motivation to make a passing grade! Our education systme is in need of a complete over haul! We need more kids who can win trophies in Math and Science to keep us world leaders in new inventions and new technology.
In the math competitions, you don't learn math. You learn "tricks" to guess the best answer. The kids in those competitions were good at math before they ever joined the team and the math/science program simply addresses a student's interest. What is the difference if a trophy is stored in an attic or closet or thrown in a dumpster? If those kids care that much about a trophy won in middle school, something has gone horribly wrong in their life. More than anything, this is about the school district getting rid of one of worst teachers in the history of BISD.
I wonder why just calling the students who earned the trophies and asking them what THEY would like done with them was not an option??? Just asking.... Some might have been happy to had had them if BP is doing so well that they are running out of trophy space.
If your kid is "crushed" because someone threw your trophy away.... Perhaps a parent should be working harder to build their self esteem than counting on a teacher. Coach. School district. Boss. Etc to do it. I'm sick of this generation wanting instant gratification and reward for everything.
Tax dollars at work.
I am sure that BMS didn't mind the attention it received when the kids names and pictures were in the paper for winning those trophies and competitions. It made the school look awesome, now they don't care.
10:12am hit the nail on the head. Look at Math scores from 5th grade (awesome) to 6th grade (atrocious) and it is easy to see a math teacher had to leave.And the story said the school was moving the trophies to better display cases and one box got dumped instead. (Easy to understand if you know how/who gets things moved at schools) Not sure the facts, but seems like a reasonable explanation.That being said... if you want a country day middle school, non-district, TEAM math trophy from 1997 to go with the individual trophy you already took home... then yeah, go dumpster diving for it. Shouldn't have happened but worse things have happened.srsly people go get angry about non-district residents occupying a school board seat. Or how the district hires slugs for principals on some campuses. Or about the exodus of teachers from BISD that will be happening after this year.
If everyone will ban together and e-mail in everything you know that is going on at BISD to wfaa: E-mail email@example.com Maybe we can't keep the heat on them and the school board might get off there a.. and make some changes!!
BMS staff is acting more like Newark meth heads.
Education is important. Period. It is stressed in my home and I learned a ton in school (I know y'all won't believe that). But the best lessons I ever learned in life, I learned on the field. Even a math geek needs to know that when life kicks you in the balls you have to get up and try again. That you can't quit. I am just as likely to get served a hamburger or my Starbucks from a math or science geek as an over-educated English lit major who can't find a job. Some of the smartest people I know are science majors who have crappy, underpaying, underperforming jobs. They accept their lot in life quietly, because they didn't have a coach tell them to get off the ground and try again. And again. And again. Rage
AMEN ... 10:43 !!!!!!!!!!!!
They might want to consider recycling...It amazes me how proud parents are when their child gets an award for mediocrity...
9:44- I'm calling your bluff. I was on that Math/Science team for 3 years in middle school, and I am far from "crushed". And "blood, sweat, and tears"? Come on. You sit and take timed math tests. I have not once gone back to BMS to look at trophies we won. I've moved on. Everyone that's upset about this needs to move forward. You're torn up over middle school trophies. If your kid is legitimately upset about this, your problems are much, much bigger than trophies.
If I had a trophy, Id throw it through the school principals window.
Wanting to trade DISD school board for BISD used up math teacher or a fake football coach. Call collect DISD teacher.
I graduated BHS in 09, and I can tell you that NONE of those trophies are dated. Many were from my eigth grade year, roughly six years ago. If that's "dated" then why does the school still have trophies from the 80-90's in football, basketball etc? I am disgusted that all mine and my teammates hard work was just thrown in the dumpster. I'm pretty sure the only other extracurricular that has even come close to state is football, yet the math/science time qualified and won, about 8 consecutive years.The really sad part about it is that the school districts worship their football teams, with the 'no pass, no play' to motivate them to pass their classes; however math/science students are the ones who go on to be doctors, engineers, architects, and its obvious that no one at that school gives a shit about our success.
Is the Lovin Spoonful in town?
If an over-educated English major who can't find a job is serving you a hamburger, is he doing it for free. It sounds like he has a job. Is Bread or the Lovin Spoonful in town? Rage, Demand your money back that you spent for the ton of education.
Really 11:27????If the trophies you won in middle school mean nothing to you then that just means you have no sense of pride for yourself or your teammates! And what kind of person does that make you?
12:21 PMBHS GOLF team has indeed won a STATE championship!!
How about instead of everyone expressing their concerns on this blog, why don't you show up at the new school board meeting and express your concerns there. THAT is the only way things are going to change!
I'd get a big print made of that screenshot, if I were the husband of the gal in the dumpster. That's just funny.
Why is no one mentioning the real history here. That BMS had a great math teacher who coached all those state championship math teams, that the none-too-bright principal (backed by none-too bright higher administration, backed by none-too-bright school board) didn't like said very bright teacher; so used typical administration tricks to whittle away until said teacher could be ... "retired" ...; that said teacher complained and took a settlement; and that now, suddenly, all of the trophies won by the teams coached by said teacher wound are the very ones that wound up in the dumpster.Coincidence?Possible ignorant grudge at work?Trying to remove all traces said teacher ever taught at BMS? Or had a positive effect there?Listen, folks. You can belittle those championship math teams all you want. I am NOT from Bridgeport, but I attended some of those state math meets. I saw student after student recognized for achievement, and their schools called out. And "Bridgeport" got called out a LOT. And others from around the State of Texas knew it. Competitors from Bridgeport got watched and whispered about when they walked down the halls. They got remembered.Everywhere, it seems, except by the administrators in their hometown who are more impressed by their own pipsqueek authority.
Yup 1:05pm... and ask that non-resident to resign his seat and give it to someone who actually has his kids in-district.Man UP.
Wow Rage, since when did it become a coaches responsibility to teach someone elses child how to persevere! Teaching that trait is the primary responsibility of parents. Maybe your "science or math geek" friends were as equally lacking in the parenting department as you were.It is obvious, reading your shameful drivel, that you could have used a little more parenting and coaching along the way! If you really ever did play a sport, it is apparent that perseverence is the only positive trait you might have taken from the experience---but you missed out on a whole, whole lot of other important life lessons!
Our problem is we let the good teachers and administrators get away and we keep the ones we should show the door. We have lost 2 great employees to Alvord!Our Middle School is one of the worst in the state and our High School is looking more like a prison every day.Our School Board is completely out of touch with what goes on at these campuses.They are the good ole boys club, now with 2 nice ladies that have no business on the board either.The Supt has a blank check with the board and that is exactly how we got to this point!
Maybe Rage is out of town to see the Lovin Spoonful.
Well said 2:18!
What sickens me the most is we have a school administrator do something like this and then he either doesn't tell the truth or doesn't know what he is talking about! You Choose!Either one, he made BISD look BAD!But now we have people on here trash talking these kids and parents and even their teachers.People these are our kids and most of these teachers love them and do a great job! We might want to put the blame where it is!At BISD if you have an issue, your kid is always the first problem they are certain!We need a new School Board and a New Direction! Period!!!!!!!!!!
2:18....If you think that teacher had anything to do with the success of the team, you are sadly mistaken. Her sister, their unpaid mentor and the kids were responsible for those trophies. The teacher you refer to was the weak link of the entire school system and was the worst excuse for an educator I have seen. I don't know why she wasn't fired when she got into a fight at the Sonic several years ago. Walk down the halls of BMS when she was there and you could hear her scream. Let the kids keep their individual trophies and let the school do whatever they want with the team trophy. Move on, it is only middle school.
If an over-educated English major who can't find a job is serving you a hamburger, is he doing it for free. It sounds like he has a job. Is Bread or the Lovin Spoonful in town?So if an English Literature, Math, or some other science major is flipping burgers, you're OK with that and see that as a job for the purposes of fulfilling their life's goals and the career for which they've been educated? Or maybe just as a stupid response to what I had to say...Rage, Demand your money back that you spent for the ton of education.100% scholarship. Suck it.Wow Rage, since when did it become a coaches responsibility to teach someone elses child how to persevere!That's what coaches do, dipshit.Teaching that trait is the primary responsibility of parents.Of course it is, and I teach it to mine. But a lot of parents don't. There are a lot of unemployed math and science majors out there who didn't learn it from any source.Maybe your "science or math geek" friends were as equally lacking in the parenting department as you were.Aren't you cute.It is obvious, reading your shameful drivel, that you could have used a little more parenting and coaching along the way!I guess we all could. I'd hate to be judged today by the 18-year old I once was. Still, I got plenty of coaching and parenting, by those far more qualified for both than anyone you've ever had in your life, I bet.If you really ever did play a sport,Two in my elementary school days (football and basketball); two in middle school (same), three in high school (football, track, and soccer) (but five if you count church league basketball and softball); one in college (football); and one while in law school (rugby).it is apparent that perseverence is the only positive trait you might have taken from the experienceI'd disagree. I said that was the most important lesson--not the only lesson. I also learned not to blame little shits like you for the way you are, it's probably because of the way you were raised. That's a nice trait, I think.but you missed out on a whole, whole lot of other important life lessons!No, I learned other life lessons in the other parts of my life.Rage
I can ensure you the school board does not care what goes on at the schools. The soup can do whatever he wants.If he don't get his way he throws a fit like a little kid until he gets what he wants. Yes,I have seen it first hand.The board works for him and the idiots he that answer to him.What a joke.We have kids transferring out all the time.WAKE UP BRIDGEPORT.
This whole issue is ridiculous. My son was on some of those winning UIL teams and it's a non-issue to him because he has moved beyond Bridgeport Middle School years ago and also realizes the accolades of man are not only temporary, but also very fickled and ultimately meaningless. Some of you folks really do need to get a life. The BMS principal is a good man and I'm very thankful we have individuals like him willing to do the job he's doing.
3:53You are so wrong! When our kids went through her program-she had no help! The administration had already taken away the class period she had to work with her teams in an effort to dismantle the program. Never mind that athletics did not lose their athletic period! She had about 20-35 kids in the program and she practiced every morning and afternoon before & after school! Never was her sister or unpaid mentors there to help her! Yes, the kids deserve most of the credit for their success but without her they would not have been as successful! Just last year she took just a few kids to state, mostly 6th & 7th graders and won 2nd in state in calculator competing against 8th graders! She was very good at what she did! I know of a lot of parents whose kids went through her math classes who received a very good education and liked her classes! The ones who complain about her are those students and parents who were lazy, did not like math or school, and who did not want to work or meet her high standards! Yes, she would get after you for not trying but any good teacher will! I feel privileged that my kids had her for at least one year of math at BMS!!
Me luves me some luvin spoonful!!Df alkeyhol
This line of comments reflects the state of public education. 11:02 is a prime (pun intended) example of what is coming up through the ranks...frustrated and assembly line educated rubes. The issue is much broader than the administrator throwing the trophies away, it's the symbolism of the act that critical/reflective thinkers can see. If most of you don't understand that, you didn't pay enough attention to your overeducated English teacher and you are a dumba$$. Now excuse me while I gleefully hack a loogie in your Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte.
I have a hard time believing this was intentional. I was the captain of the first state championship science team at Bridgeport High. (Meet put together by TMSCA in San Antonio in 1988 which was before when you could win as a team in UIL)I still have a lot of pride when I think about my time with the Math and Science Team. Even today I still get the joy of working as a research chemist and I can trace it back to the science and math team.
Typical for BISD. The principal says the trophies were dated... well I think he is dated, go find a new job son!
4:50, Call Rage. She needs a date.
Kids leave the district because they are weak and their parents are weaker. No other reason! Things don't go ones way and they run from it. Great lesson there. By the way what you get from your education is directly proportionate to the effort the child puts forth. Usually derived from the importance the parents place on said task. This holds true all the way through college. By the way for the person who called the administration and school board ignorant while stating math/science team members grow up to be doctors and lawyers who contribute to society. Might want to take a look at the profession of most of the board members. Pretty sure it is made up of doctors and lawyers.
NOTICE FOR ALL!! Our school board members run unopposed almost every election. Sign up or shut your mouth!!You gripe but do nothing about it.
anon 9:52 AMWFAA didnt give you credit either.. calm down.. you must have been the one in the dumpster!
8:15---withdrew our child from BMS. Had nothing to do wih his effort. Lack of professionalism, ethics and integrity of some teachers and administration on the campus had everything to do with it. Best move we ever made for our child. If you believe it's because kid is weak, think again. Hard working young adult who graduated from college in 3 1/2 years! Booyah!
Who cares as long as they don't toss any football trophies.
I wish Tonja P, would run, she is so nice and would be awesome!
8:15, BISD,and the whole town is weak.
Word on the street is the golf cart bandit has them, still no arrest huh. RAB CC Manager sure has a big imagination
Nice people don't last long in any area of public education nowadays. Soupers expect board members to rubber stamp their arbitrary decisions so it takes a person willing to ask questions and voice concerns to be a good school board representative. People that ask questions and voice concerns usually aren't popular people.
9:05,Disclose a name so we don't have to believe you that it wasn't family weakness.
3:53 you should check facts before you post. Nothing you said was true.
11:21FFA also ha 3 state champions in the past 3 years and 18 other teams qualify for state as well as two national semi finalists and a 3 star national chapter awardhere probably the most successful program in the school....for 3 years anyway....there are many successful extracurricular programs at BHS....debate skills USA, girls basketball, fccla, well there were until the admin decided to start running the great teachers of by micromanaging their every move and refusing to recognize students and teachers who attain great results....
I'm sorry, but kids aren't leaving the district because they're weak or trying to run away! This district is going downhill quickly in a lot of ways. We don't want to be a part of it. We've tried to make suggestions, but nobody seems to want to listen or fix the problems, so we had too move on and so happy we did several years ago before it was even this bad!
Wedding Dresses & Trophies in the trash.What has this world come to?
Leave Ms. Cole out of it. She was an excellent teacher. It's not the trophies as much as how the school district handled it. Trashing evidence of success , lies and cover-ups are never good.
Hey Anon 8:37!It makes me no difference if I get credit for the pics or not. That's not why I took them! And how could I be the one in the dumpster if I took the pictures! Duh!!
Who cares?If ya give a flip then attend a board meeting
Trophies are junk!What is important is memoriesQuit crying like a baby
Anon 310 pm and any other person who hasn't figured it out yet,It's what the trophies represent is the real message here. I'm a recent bport grad who dedicated my time and effort all through out bport middle and high school with the math/science team. All the hard work and countless hours of practice and competing, prolly something you wouldn't understand, simply worth nothing to the people who did this careless act.Don't be jealous of others successes just because you've sucked at whatever you've done in life. No one is crying unless that's you.As for the principal, mostly sports trophies?? Ha you've got to be kidding me! That would never happen at bport. Keep trying for those state championships in sports. We've been there, and done that, time and time again.
'Kids leave the district because they are weak and their parents are weaker. No other reason! Things don't go ones way and they run from it. Great lesson there."What a stupid statement!We saw the writing on the wall a long time ago and left, along with several other families that year. The change was the best thing we ever did - The kids excelled in EVERY aspect of their education. You may call that being weak, but trying to improve your environment is not a weakness - it's being a good parent. Maybe the reason you don't see that as a smart move, is because you stayed. Just sayin'.
Just like I said the kids are weak and the parents are weaker. Everyone of you just had to respond with justification. The problems you describe have been in education throughout time. But now people choose to run because 20 years ago that wasn't a real option. You couldn't pack up your family because little Susy didn't get her way. You couldn't afford to move and dang sure couldn't afford to pay a transfer fee. You were told to suck it up and make the best of a bad situation. Now parents want to prevent the possibility of a bad situation.Of course there are problems with BISD just like there are problems with the district you moved to. Any by the way your kids would have graduated from BISD and college just the same. It is how they will handle adversity as an adult that will be skewed.There was a better time where it didn't matter who the teacher or principle was and the coach didn't keep you from playing a sport you loved.
9:53Like I said - what a stupid statement. It's not a matter of Suzy not getting her way - it was - Suzy is not getting a proper education. So you say it is weak to look at your options to prevent a bad situation?????? If you believe that, then that makes you one of two things; 1. Just a really bad parent or 2. A small minded person that missed out on opportunities and doesn't want a better environment for the kids. Either way - Not real smart. And, it is obvious to most that you became a product of your environment...Good luck with that!
I am neither of the things mentioned. You moved your kid to the same situation because if you haven't noticed education is a disaster on a national level. Most local problems are petty differences between a student/teacher/coach or parent/teacher/coach. There hasn't been a positive remark regarding education on this blog ever if I remember correctly. What you fail to see is that your particular child would have made the grades if he stayed in Bridgeport. Education is a foundation of mediocrity unless the parents motivate the child and see that they fullfill their potential. That typically happens no matter which school they attend. But you ran and took the easy way out. No big deal!
Think what you want - but going from barely passing the TAKS and a C student to being commended and in the top 10% in just one year is the only proof we need to confirm we made the right move. Enough said. You can't argue with facts. Maybe it was the easy way out - it did make it much easier for the kid to get a academic scholarship into college.
If those are the facts then you have made the right choice. The typical story doesn't usually entail a C student being moved and succeeding. They usually involve a spat between kids in the class, a coach, or a teacher that just has it out for the poor baby. Obviously this wasn't the case for your child.
what does it say for bridgeport school district when one of the board members took their own kid out and sent them to a different school district...that pretty much says it all
I know if that teacher could voice her opinion on this subject, I think she would tell you the real point here is the trophies being thrown away and the cover up afterwards. She would tell you it has nothing to do with athletes or school board. Any one that ever was around her knew how she supported the athletics programs. Football she was always there keeping a gate or taking season tickets and basketball was her favorite, someone might say but she is paid for that. She would have been there even if she was not paid. I know for a fact she has attended things for the kids, go kart races, dance recitals, soccer games, funerals for parents of the kids,traveled 8 hours for one of them. She has bought shoes, clothes, toys, 8th grade banquet clothes, christmas for high school kids for years, band instruments, being in the dunk tank or pie in the face. This was not a job to her, I have heard her say it many times. This is her community not a job. She expected the best from kids and most the time got it. The issue here is the disrespect the principal had for the kids and the program.
8:50 pm ~ AMEN!
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