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St. Clare Walker re-designated as ‘School to Watch’

by Larry S. Chowning

Middlesex County School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor announced on February 11 that St. Clare Walker Middle School in Locust Hill has once again earned the honor of being named a “School to Watch.”

Since 2003 Virginia has been a part of the School to Watch program that is sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. That year, St. Clare Walker was one of 19 middle schools in the state to be named.

Schools that are distinguished as “high-performing” demonstrate academic excellence by challenging students; are sensitive to the unique development needs of early adolescents; and provide students with high-quality resources and educators. The four main criteria are academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure.

St. Clare Walker also was designated as a School to Watch last year.

This year, St. Clare Walker joins the ranks of more than 350 schools across the nation that are considered to be important resources for other schools to consult in their efforts to continuously improve programs for middle grade students.

“We are extremely excited and proud of our middle school,” said Dr. Taylor. “Our principal, Tracy Seitz, our teachers, our students and everyone who is a part of the school should be proud. This is a national honor that few schools in the nation receive.”

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posted 02.20.2013

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