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Mr. Clarence Elvin Simmons Jr.

Wrong Clarence Elvin Simmons Jr.?

Principal

Phone: (817) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Haltom High School
5501 Haltom Rd
Haltom City, Texas 76137
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • master's degree
    Southwest Texas State University
  • bachelor's Degree
    Southwest Texas State University
  • bachelor's Degree
    West Texas State University
  • master's degree
    West Texas State University
  • University of Texas
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Web References
KWBU || News
www.kwbu.net, 5 July 2011 [cached]
Clarence Simmons is the principal of Waco High School. He and Boswell have worked closely in the weeks since her arrival. Simmons echoes Boswell's desire to see these students identified, and believes it's a way to better maximize the school's resources for their students.
There are many students, says Simmons, who are late bloomers, and it's these students that would stand to most benefit from an increase in identification. Many can remember a teacher who demystified a subject well beyond fifth grade. And long before he was a principal, Simmons was a student struggling with math. He gives a personal example as to why this is an important issue.
The five teachers whom Fort WorthWeekly ...
www.fwweekly.com, 5 Dec 2012 [cached]
The five teachers whom Fort WorthWeekly interviewed for this story agreed that there's a new culture of intimidation and bullying at Haltom High School, initiated by the school's new principal, Clarence Elvin Simmons, who took over in July 2011.
Teachers said they are afraidto voice concerns to the administration or to question new security measures that don't allow teachers to see Simmons without an escort. And they feel powerless to change new teacher-evaluation procedures that make them feel harassed and unworthy.
The school administrators apparently are also insecure about their image, attempting to withhold the results of one opinion survey and apparently trying to skew the results of another. And in a curious but telling incident, they forbade students to wear t-shirts with a cryptic design that administrators apparently felt criticized Simmons.
Information obtained by the Weekly through an open-records request and a source within the administration show 43 employees have left Haltom since Simmons became principal. During that same school year, 26 employees left the district's Richland High and 21 left Birdville High. Veteran teachers, including one nationally recognized history teacher, are on the list of those who have retired, quit the district altogether, or transferred to another school.
The Weekly has also learned that at a previous post in the state of New York, Simmons was the subject of a half-dozen official complaint proceedings that ultimately were settled out of court.
Simmons declined to comment for this story, through district spokesman Mark Thomas.
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During the district's graduation ceremony in May, Dilks said, Simmons came up behind him and slapped him on the back so hard that the sting of Simmons' handprint lingered long after the principal walked away.
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Simmons came to Haltom in July 2011, after three years as principal at Waco High School. Before that, he spent nearly a decade working in New York at Williamsville Central school district, serving as principal of Williamsville South High School for the majority of that time.
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In May, Sizemore filed a grievance with the United Educators Association against Simmons.
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"Campus administration (under the leadership of principal Clarence Elvin Simmons) has created an unprofessional and hostile work and educational environment where employees and their students are often subjected to harassment, intimidation, and discrimination," the grievance said.
Examples listed in the grievance include denying regular lunches to students who didn't have their ID badges - a sign in the cafeteria read "No ID. No Service. No Kidding"; falsification of a UEA computer survey sent out to Haltom teachers; and withholding the results of the district's annual Gallup Organizational Survey, which measures teacher satisfaction. That survey, incidentally, showed a dramatic decline in overall teacher satisfaction during Simmons' first year as principal.
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District officials formally investigated the grievance and Sizemore's complaints and, according to the investigative report, found no wrongdoing by Simmons or his administrative staff.
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Sizemore said that the administrative office staff was instructed by Simmons to "fix the survey" by using computers in the school library to answer survey questions and falsify results in favor of Simmons.
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They show that the "health" of Haltom has declined significantly in almost every category since Simmons took over. The survey was sent out to teachers during the last week of November 2011 - the first semester of Simmons' leadership at the school.
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Asked about the complaints made against Simmons by teachers, Kunkel said, "I haven't talked to any of these people specifically … but all these things have been investigated by our administration.
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While the state investigated, Simmons took five months of paid medical leave from his job, during which time he also secured a new job with the Waco school district.
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Through an open-records request, the Weekly discovered a subsequent e-mail that Tolbert sent to the board and Simmons.
"I am throwing this useless garbage in the trash," wrote Tolbert. "Funny though, the people that sent this are about as bright as a lump of coal. To save you the wasted time reading this dross, apparently they were trying to send information that was critical of Mr. Simmons, but instead ended up proving he did nothing wrong. I have a special place for anonymous sources right under my desk labeled 'trash can,' " the e-mail said. "Save yourself some time and do the same."
The information Tolbert received involved the complaints filed against Simmons and the New York agency's finding of probable cause that violations had occurred.
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A curious thing happened when Simmons moved to Texas to take the job in Waco. He started going by his first name Clarence instead of his middle name Elvin, which he had previously used.
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What disturbs me the most though is the district's refusal to acknowledge the fact that the hiring of Simmons might have been a mistake; meanwhile teachers and students are forced to suffer because of their hubris!
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Mr. Simmons is much worse than he appears in this article.
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It is time for you to leave, Mr. Simmons! Also-his past behaviors in other states and school districts are not "trash" or "unproven"...as Tolbert so erroneously stated in his email.
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I do believe that Mr. Simmons is worse than this acticle is giving on. The website we found the information about New York and Elvin stuff was blocked as soon as it was brought to his attention.
The five teachers whom Fort WorthWeekly ...
www.fwweekly.com [cached]
The five teachers whom Fort WorthWeekly interviewed for this story agreed that there's a new culture of intimidation and bullying at Haltom High School, initiated by the school's new principal, Clarence Elvin Simmons, who took over in July 2011.
Teachers said they are afraidto voice concerns to the administration or to question new security measures that don't allow teachers to see Simmons without an escort. And they feel powerless to change new teacher-evaluation procedures that make them feel harassed and unworthy.
The school administrators apparently are also insecure about their image, attempting to withhold the results of one opinion survey and apparently trying to skew the results of another. And in a curious but telling incident, they forbade students to wear t-shirts with a cryptic design that administrators apparently felt criticized Simmons.
Information obtained by the Weekly through an open-records request and a source within the administration show 43 employees have left Haltom since Simmons became principal. During that same school year, 26 employees left the district's Richland High and 21 left Birdville High. Veteran teachers, including one nationally recognized history teacher, are on the list of those who have retired, quit the district altogether, or transferred to another school.
The Weekly has also learned that at a previous post in the state of New York, Simmons was the subject of a half-dozen official complaint proceedings that ultimately were settled out of court.
Simmons declined to comment for this story, through district spokesman Mark Thomas.
...
During the district's graduation ceremony in May, Dilks said, Simmons came up behind him and slapped him on the back so hard that the sting of Simmons' handprint lingered long after the principal walked away.
...
Simmons came to Haltom in July 2011, after three years as principal at Waco High School. Before that, he spent nearly a decade working in New York at Williamsville Central school district, serving as principal of Williamsville South High School for the majority of that time.
...
In May, Sizemore filed a grievance with the United Educators Association against Simmons.
...
"Campus administration (under the leadership of principal Clarence Elvin Simmons) has created an unprofessional and hostile work and educational environment where employees and their students are often subjected to harassment, intimidation, and discrimination," the grievance said.
Examples listed in the grievance include denying regular lunches to students who didn't have their ID badges - a sign in the cafeteria read "No ID. No Service. No Kidding"; falsification of a UEA computer survey sent out to Haltom teachers; and withholding the results of the district's annual Gallup Organizational Survey, which measures teacher satisfaction. That survey, incidentally, showed a dramatic decline in overall teacher satisfaction during Simmons' first year as principal.
...
District officials formally investigated the grievance and Sizemore's complaints and, according to the investigative report, found no wrongdoing by Simmons or his administrative staff.
...
Sizemore said that the administrative office staff was instructed by Simmons to "fix the survey" by using computers in the school library to answer survey questions and falsify results in favor of Simmons.
...
They show that the "health" of Haltom has declined significantly in almost every category since Simmons took over. The survey was sent out to teachers during the last week of November 2011 - the first semester of Simmons' leadership at the school.
...
Asked about the complaints made against Simmons by teachers, Kunkel said, "I haven't talked to any of these people specifically … but all these things have been investigated by our administration.
...
While the state investigated, Simmons took five months of paid medical leave from his job, during which time he also secured a new job with the Waco school district.
...
Through an open-records request, the Weekly discovered a subsequent e-mail that Tolbert sent to the board and Simmons.
...
To save you the wasted time reading this dross, apparently they were trying to send information that was critical of Mr. Simmons, but instead ended up proving he did nothing wrong. I have a special place for anonymous sources right under my desk labeled 'trash can,' " the e-mail said. "Save yourself some time and do the same."
The information Tolbert received involved the complaints filed against Simmons and the New York agency's finding of probable cause that violations had occurred.
...
A curious thing happened when Simmons moved to Texas to take the job in Waco. He started going by his first name Clarence instead of his middle name Elvin, which he had previously used.
...
What disturbs me the most though is the district's refusal to acknowledge the fact that the hiring of Simmons might have been a mistake; meanwhile teachers and students are forced to suffer because of their hubris!
...
Mr. Simmons is much worse than he appears in this article.
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It is time for you to leave, Mr. Simmons!
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I do believe that Mr. Simmons is worse than this acticle is giving on. The website we found the information about New York and Elvin stuff was blocked as soon as it was brought to his attention.
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We are tired of Simmons as his favoritism, his elitist attitude, and his selfish endeavours to silence the whistle blowers of the Haltom community. I dress differently from the "average" child but not out of dress code, and this man persecutes me and my friends for it, he persecutes younger women who wear shorts and skirts (even in dress code), and he does not allow the voices of the students to be pitted against his.
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Simmons and his new administration have been an absolute horror to students and teachers since they came last year.
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As a current student at Haltom I don't see why everyone is "Suddenly" freaking out about Mr.Simmons, at the beginning of the year everyone was so blessed to have a principle that was going to make change. Now that the change has taken place people feel like there "voices" are unheard, when honestly there not. Hes awesome, he cares for his students so much and I'm sorry to the students who don't like more discipline at the school, dress code really? I wouldn't want to see my class mates in inappropriate attire either, that's like a teacher coming in a short skirt and tank top (not cute). Just because he has become strict on us does not mean a thing, he cares for us more than you think which is why he puts these things on us! I love walking into school and being greeted by the awesome Clarence Simmons. No matter what anyone says hes amazing, he changed Haltom for the better and anyone who says different well I'm sorry to hear about your problems. We go to school to learn not to be rude and make shirts about our principle you wouldn't want someone making one about you now would you. He does everything to please us and to make our school year fun and if you don't feel that way there are plenty of other districts you can go to, I stand behind him 110% whether people like it or not. He's a good person.
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Clarence, stop posing as a student.
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Mr. Simmons is doing a great job. He sets expectations and then he adheres to them.
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Yes, Simmons brings SOME structure. But at what cost? Is freedom of speech to be valued under absolute rule or security? Sounds to me a lot like a famous dictatorship from the forties.
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I graduated in 20122 and did not have the chance to meet Mr. Simmons but the stories I just read we're awful. What kind of a man would lay his hands hit a teacher who is obviously older than you? Even if you were joking or not, that is very disrespectful and what kind of example are you showing for your students? I have a little sister currently going to HHS, and honestly I am not comfortable knowing she is exposed to this man.
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So what I hear you saying is that Mr. Simmons created this whole mess, right?
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I don't think you teach at HHS, I think you are doing PR for the district or you are Clarence himself and you are trolling on this page, so get back under your bridge!
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Regardless of whether you think the rules that Mr. Simmons is implementing are helpful or detrimental, I think the only evidence that needs to be highlighted is the fact that both Mr. Sizemore and Mr. Dilks, two of Haltom's most beloved teachers, left or retired within Mr. Simmons' first year on faculty.
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Regardless of whether you think the rules that Mr. Simmons is implementing are helpful or detrimental, I think the only evidence that needs to be highlighted is the fact that both Mr. Sizemore and Mr. Dilks, two of Haltom's most beloved teachers, left or retired within Mr. Simmons' first year on faculty.
Texas School Business: Who's News Nov/Dec '08
www.texasschoolbusiness.com, 1 Dec 2011 [cached]
Clarence E. Simmons Jr. is the new principal of Waco High Clarence Simmons School. He comes to Waco ISD with 23 years of experience. He began his career as a teacher in Temple ISD, teaching industrial technology for five years before serving as an administrator in districts in Vermont, New York and Texas. His bachelor of science degree in industrial technology was earned from West Texas State University, and his master's degree in educational administration from Southwest Texas State University.
"There are a lot of upfront ...
www.wacotrib.com, 21 April 2010 [cached]
"There are a lot of upfront costs," Waco High Principal Clarence Simmons said, including training and enhancing the school's library to make sure the literature offered reflects IB's global focus.
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Simmons, the Waco High principal, said the program is one more piece - like dual-credit courses and career and technology courses - in helping the school grab the interest of all children.
"This is something I've always dreamed of," Simmons said, "because of the relevancy of all classes and how those classes tie into each other."
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