National School Choice Week & Why It Matter

It’s the end of National School Choice Week. For one whole week, most schools celebrate school spirit, fund raising and other events to help their schools. Here in Las Vegas, we celebrated with performances, and felt great about the schools we CHOSE for our youth. For most families around the country, its the other way around. This week was exciting for both parents and students, because it’s personal. We all made a choice to pick the school that is best for our families. 

Student performing @ UNLV for National School Choice Week
More Performances for National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week is celebrated, because parents and students made the choice to be different. There was an auditorium full of Charter schools, Private schools and Homeschoolers celebrating their choice to be different. We celebrated taking charge of our family and doing what is best for us.

My sons after the Assembly @ UNLV

This is a big deal, because most people are used to doing what they are told to do. We were told to put our children in the school the state and district said was best. We had to put our children in schools based on address. 

“Teachers felt being the President of our “beloved” country was the highest achievement in one’s life.”

In middle School, I grew up on the south side of Chicago. To be specific, 75th and Halsted. If you’re familiar with that area and/or grew up in the 90’s, it was the last place you would want to live. If you had children and wanted more for your family, you would have ran for you all lives! Yes, it was that bad. We’ve witnessed the after effects of drive by shootings, ran from gang members, experienced bullying, constant fighting, etc. As a parent on a mission, I made it my duty to focus on my kid’s needs. 

They needed me active in their education and a strong school system that cared about their present and future. This is what encouraged me to seek better options. Since the beginning of my sons’ education, they have attended charter & magnet schools. They have also been Gifted and Talented students since they were young enough to be tested. My sons have also held honor roll for most of their education.

What encouraged me to make this decision was paying close attention to the school politics and favoritism. Nowadays, most teachers are proud collecting a paycheck from a job like many others who work in Corporate America. Teachers felt becoming the President of our “beloved” country was the highest achievement in one’s life. This is pure b.s. When teachers would degrade students, because their way of teaching wasn’t working for the students. Yes, I’m being honest. My oldest son, Jordan was in 3rd grade when a Texas Teacher (black woman) told him he would never be a leader nor amount to anything in life. My son came home in tears and confused. Her behavior changed his outlook on life at such a young age. He no longer wanted to strive for success in the classroom. I teach my sons to be a leaders and make a difference in this world. This was when I began to seek alternatives. We’ve also experienced teachers comparing their grandchildren to their students. In second grade, my youngest, Jovan was the top student in his class. In his teacher’s eyes, he wasn’t good enough. He was a perfectionist so it counted against him. He was bullied and was treated horribly in just 2nd grade. As you can see, we’ve had our fair share of the school systems. 

My sons at awards assembly 2nd & 4th  Dallas, TX

As a parent, I made a choice. That choice was to find a better education solution for my sons. It was to put family first. I chose to work around our lives versus work our lives into everything else. 

“Our children grow up too fast and pick up behavior habits too quickly for us to be absent from their lives.” @missnishabee

This is the second year my sons have been attending Nevada Connections Academy. It wasn’t easy adjusting from a brick and mortar school to a virtual school setting. However, we stuck through it and it has been rewarding for our family. My sons have a great relationship with their teachers. I have built relationships with their teachers as well. We enjoy the field trips, live lessons, and extra curricular  activities. We have the freedom to work at our own pace & have access to the best education they ever had.

As we’re in the end of the week, remember this. We all have a choice. The school is not a babysitter nor should the school be scolded for not meeting your family’s needs. No matter what your current situation is, your children deserve the best start in life. Never forget you have a choice. I used to be so angry and frustrated with the schools. I later learned that when you know better, you do better.

You Should Be Proud When…

As a parent, one of the proudest moments is to see the accomplishments of your children. Many times, as moms we forget about ourselves and put the family first. Its a great feeling when those sacrifices were so worth it!

School ends in 4 days and my sons would have officially finished 4th and 6th grade! I’m so proud of them! This year has had its ups and downs, but we made it through!

This school year (2016-17) was the first year I made a leap of faith to have my sons attend virtual school from home. We found a great school with a great cirriculum and pushed through! 

It was by far a walk in the park. You know how your children are different in school and come home being themselves right? Well when the kiddos go to school at home, they have no choice, but to be who they are. With this, I’ve learned Jordan is a class clown and play with his pencils when he’s bored. Jt is the perfectionist and is down when he doesn’t get 100% on all his assignments.

Many parents know these traits of their children based on speaking with teachers and students. However, when you are the Learning Coach, when the teacher is there occasionally life is different. You see most of your child’s strengths and weaknesses unfold right in front of you. 

After presevering through this school year, we made the decision to stay in the virtual world for the upcoming year 2017-18 with their current school. 

So here’s what Im proud of….

1. We went Vegan and have done our best to stay meat free 98% of the time. Dairy free 80% of the time. Cheese has been the hardest to let go!

2. Jordan no longer eats candy after learning that his favorites are GMOs.

3. Meditation and Yoga has been a big part of our lives. 

4. I’ve lost weight during the school year and now on a mission to lose even more all summer long! 

5. The boys will remain Gifted and Talented students next school year! 

I have a lot to be proud and thankful for. 

How did your children make you proud this school year? How did you persevere when you made a needed sacrifice for your kids?