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Reply k
7:57 PM on December 18, 2014 
I am sorry to hear about what is happening at John Dewey High School. I do not want to think that the students were used as "tools" in the systematic attack on a poor teacher. I think it is something to consider. I read about the problems with Flames Basketball Neighborhood Recreation Program in John Dewey, HS. It is a shame that:

After 41 years in John Dewey, HS; before this new principal arrived (no incidents reported about the program) the systematic dismantling of Flames Basketball Neighborhood Recreation Program begins.

As a John Dewey, HS alumni and also a Flames Basketball parent alumni; I am very interested in this situation. I wrote a letter to the principal explaining my deep concerns and worry about how she was doing harm to the Flames Basketball Program. I stated my position as clearly as I could to convey the gravity of her actions towards the Flames Basketball Program. I also wrote an impact statement letter to my councilman. Flames is Non-adversarial to John Dewey, HS. Flames is Community Minded. Flames is about Building Bridges

For a program(school) to be successful you need (5)essential keys. 1. extended hours; 2. small setting; 3. effectiveness; 4. leaders; 5. consistency. Flames Basketball Neighborhood Recreation Program has all five key elements. It has been successfully operating for over 40 years in John Dewey, HS. It is an institution. It is symbiotic with John Dewey, HS students. Flames teaches young men about goals and the achievement of goals. These young men strive very hard to keep good attendance, punctuality, sportsmanship. These young men know that discipline and consistency will grow their aspirations into reality.

The participants in the program are often seen wearing Flames jackets. They are often seen purposefully gathering and mobilizing around the neighborhood. They are going to Flames at John Dewey, HS or coming back from a game. They are not committing any crimes in the neighborhood. Without consistency and effectiveness in the Flames, you will witness attrition and problems that will inevitably spill out into the community. Why choose to destroy a program that works along with the school and is successful? If you want young people to feel unwanted, unaccounted for, and unworthy this is the way to hurt young minds.

Today, I read about what more horrible events are taking place in John Dewey, High School. I don't understand how this is all happening. What is happening to my school???
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