Monday, October 10, 2011

The Holmes Family

My daughter, Grace, attended Millard North High School when she was in 9th grade. She is now a 12th grader and has moved out of state.

She was a 4.0 student, a member of the Nebraska Olympic Development Program (she played soccer), and selected as one of the top 100 players in the country at 14. She traveled with her regional Olympic Development team to Costa Rica, Holland and attended several national events in the states.

All these events meant absences from school. She continued to maintain a 4.0 average through the entire academic year. Her Honors English teacher at Millard North threatened to fail her due to absences. At the time she had a 98% in the class.

Her absences were due to her pursuit of excellence in her sport and her efforts to represent Nebraska in the US and Internationally. For that she was rewarded with constant hassles from her school.

I went round and round with the Millard administrators. The Superintendent threatened to report me and our daughter to the Douglas County Attorneys office due to the number of absences. I reiterate, she was a straight A student enrolled in honors classes and the IB program.

At the end of her 9th grade school year, I said enough and enrolled her in a more cooperative school district. That was the end of her academic career at Millard North. I do all that I can to inform any interested parent of my belief that Millard Public Schools leaves much to be desired in their approach to individual family situations. I encourage all who ask me to seek out other more accommodating school districts. While my children received a good education at Millard, it is my opinion that school administrators are punitive and do not support children such as my daughter.

Laura McCormick Holmes
Millard Public Schools
Omaha, NE

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