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The wins, the bad days, and the average days meld together into a fragile normal.
My brother (left) and I joined my mom at her most recent
School Board Election Night celebration. My mom has
earned people's trust because she listens and is clear about
what she thinks. There's no mystery about where she stands.
The grandkids are building their own collection of
KK stories that add to the lore.
My mom and her trademark sun-
glasses. My mom has always had a
flair for style. Uniquely KK.
We all have stories about my mom that make us
laugh, and most of them reference either her re-
sourceful nature or her intensity. Here, I brought
my mom to tears by reminding her about one of
her creative parenting methods.
This photo of my grandparents was taken ten
years before I was born. My grandparents taught
us about the value of giving back to others and
serving your community. I am mindful that their
lessons can reach my children by the example we set.
In 1992 when my mom was elected to the school
board for the first time, Bill Clinton and George
HW Bush were campaigning for president.
My introduction to politics came at an
"The conditions that students living in poverty face exacerbate poor attendance.
And slipping school attendance often leads a person back down the poverty
path. The good news is that by taking an all-in approach to the problem, we
can begin to close the attendance gap, bend the overall attendance curve, and
help our most vulnerable students and families." - Ned W. Lauver
PHOTO: Nick Gregory
"A national rate of 10 percent chronic absenteeism seems
conservative and it could be as high as 15 percent, meaning
that 5 million to 7.5 million students are chronically absent."
SOURCE: Balfanz, R., & Byrnes, V. (2012). Chronic
Absenteeism: Summarizing What We Know From
Nationally Available Data. PHOTO: Nick Gregory
Many students feel that school is not relevant in their
lives. "While having dedicated mentors to work with students
and families on school connection is one strategy for improving
attendance, mentors are not the only adults in the building who
can be a part of the solution. There is a role for classroom
teachers." - The Hamilton Project PHOTO: Nick Gregory
|Source: Attendance Works|
|Photo By Nick Gregory|
|By Nick Gregory|
"Innovative schools everywhere are breaking the mold of convention to meet the best interests of their students, families, and communities. As well as great teachers, what they have in common is visionary leadership."
Be inspired.- Sir Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica
This was the scene after a last second basket to beat our top rival.
We are the team in white. The basket came after a timeout where
we designed a play to score. As often happens, the players adjusted
when our plan was not working and the unlikely shot won the
contest. The picture was sent to me by a parent.
From the whiteboard in the locker room - I enjoy
delivering pre-game speeches and this one was
especially intense. We won a close game and the
celebration is one of my favorites. When I step back
from coaching I am not sure how I will fill the void.
Two of my players after a game. They hurried
out of our locker room to perform in a concert
and I got to see part of the show. It is rewarding
to coach well-rounded players. I stay in touch
with dozens of my former players.
Over the years I have gained a better appreciation for
all the people involved, even the refs! I have a lot of
respect for referees and have gotten to know quite a few.
Each November, our boys and girls basketball
programs lay wreaths at the graves of military
veterans as part of our community service
initiative. This is part of our program culture.
I am so grateful that
my wife and children
support my coaching
experience is one that
we share and it means
the world to me. (By
the way, my team is
the Tigers - hence the
My junior high basketball coach Steve Walter made the 100 mile
trip to watch me coach. We are pictured here with my children. As
it turned out, our team completed a come-from-behind win on a
last-second shot after trailing the entire game. I was so proud my
coach came to support me. I was truly fortunate to have a lot of
special coaches in my life.