Closing school is regressive for Selma

Published 8:32pm Monday, February 21, 2011

The transition from elementary school to middle school can be a harrowing experience for some students. Moving from an elementary school to a middle school is experienced by more than 80 percent of public school students as they begin the middle grades.

The School of Discovery Genesis Center serves as a buffer in easing the stress and fears of potential middle school pupils. The sixth grade campus performs a vital role in the psychological, physical, and academic growth of pupils as they transition to middle school.

The School of Discovery is an effective school. The institution of learning has a clear school mission, high expectations for student success, instructional leadership, frequent monitoring of student progress, opportunity to learn and student time on task, safe and orderly environment, and good home – school relations.

Educators in other school districts marvel at the fact that the Selma City School System has a separate campus for sixth graders. The school is a master-minded project of educators and community leaders from a “progressive education era” in Selma.

The school’s teaching faculty exemplifies the characteristics of good teachers.

  • One of the most important attributes of a good teacher is to be a good communicator.
  • A good sense of humor is another great tool that helps a teacher to simplify his task.
  • A good teacher must have good time management skills and always value the importance of time.
  • A good teacher should always adopt a fair attitude, when it comes to making any form of evaluations.
  • A good teacher should have the necessary command over the subject matter he teaches.
  • A good teacher should be dedicated towards his work.
  • A good teacher should be meticulous and have an eye for details.
  • A good teacher should be a good leader and a good friend.

The school has an exceptionally well-educated staff. One hundred percent of highly qualified teachers are assigned to core classes. All paraprofessionals are 100 percent highly qualified. Sixty-two percent (62 percent) of the education professors have advanced

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