Another great school year ahead

Published 7:25pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dear Editor,

The 2013-2014 school year is quickly approaching. School administrators, teachers and parents have high expectations of students. Expectations play a vital role in students’ success.

If students are constantly bombarded with statements of positive success, they tend to live up to them. However, students must be in regular attendance at school to reap the reward of success.

Research indicates that attending class every day and coming to school on time will carry over to the workplace. According to the Parent Institute, “78 percent of those who end up in prison had a first arrest for school truancy. Missing too many classes is often the first step toward dropping out of school.” It is evident students who drop out of high school have a very high rate of unemployment.

Regular attendance in school correlates to students’ high academic achievement, and improved standardized test scores. It is often mentioned that eighty percent of success is just showing up. Alabama’s school year consists of 180 student attendance days or 1040 hours.

Optimism fills the hallways of schools in Alabama. Our students are like apples and oranges. They are all sweet in different ways. There is not a lemon in the entire crop. Moreover, children who have a positive attitude tend to love learning, and they do better in school.

Educators anticipate a great school year ahead.

Gerald Shirley

Superintendent, Selma City Schools 

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