|MPS ATTENDANCE SUMMIT, January 11, 2016|
James Madison High School
|Photos taken from Bucks website|
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|High School BREAK-OUT Session|
|PHOTOS TAKEN FROM NBA BUCKS Website|
The input shared included:
- lack of communication to/from parents;
- reporting to MPS for attendance by parents and the recording of "attendance" by MPS staff. The process was frustrating and time-consuming - problematic for parents, especially for parents calling in and removal of error logging of attendance;
- time changes of school bus company - school transportation without notice and students not picked up;
- issues of shame (parents and students);
- school reminds students of a "prison"; and
- impactful issues of disparities within the homes.
Parent Coordinators & Jabari Parker
The high school, middle and elementary discussion groups would have been better served if Parent Coordinators were co-facilitating the breakouts. It would help install the main partner and the supporter of students, their parents.
Accomplished basketball star Jabari Ali Parker, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks would bring to the table a parent-celebrity collaboration for to support the reasons for school attendance and achievement that demands daily school attendance. Parker would assist with messaging the importance of "worth-achievement" in hard work for the end-game, graduation with honors.
As a pat-on-the-back, the gift, a token of sports tickets, from the NBA Bucks team, is to remind them that scholarship achievement is first and accolades, rewards, careers, enjoyment; and, gratification comes later.
It would help create an interdisciplinary effort for a pedagogy that links parents, teachers, schools, and members of the community to grow school Attendance at all levels - especially at middle and high school levels.
Parker would engage in the importance of the use of "books", online computers training and the "library" (school and public) whenever he is in a circle by the very young, middle, high school and parent.
Therefore, the Bucks should be assisting parents with obtaining at least 1,000 laptops to help promote Parent Coordinators from their homesite to ensure communication and linking to the website for quality of life and economic development needed to grow families.
The focus is placed on "school attendance" rather than basketball, Bucks, and a one-time reward of Bucks tickets.
Since Jabari Parker is 20 years old, an African-American from the south side of Chicago, not far removed from high school and college level schooling, he brings much to the table for "right-now" gratification that is connected to achievement in the classrooms.
This is an excellent opportunity for a joint effort of parent, celebrity, other members from the neighborhoods and MPS school system to use the NEW Wisconsin law of passing a Citizenship test prior to graduation as a prideful act. The law starts this year, 2016. This way of showing the importance of being a good citizenship by Jabari Parker is his "giving back to the community" - passing it on.
This is the title of the Attendance Summit by MPS on the Bucks website:
This would be a place for the Bucks to address mentorship, apprenticeship and scholarship with a media Internship for students from MPS schools. There were only young-looking Caucasians following Parker.
Question: What happened to Marcus Landry? He is Milwaukee's sons from Vincent High School to serve as a role model. He was on-off with a waiver by the NBA Bucks. It is also the "realism" around becoming a selected sports athlete for a national team - a real concern for those who lose their career due to injuries, contract arrangements and/or competitiveness with little to NO sum gain.