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Jaleel Miller, a fourth grader at Madison Elementary loves school. Miller especially enjoys studying math, insisting, “it’s easy for me!” With such a positive attitude, anyone can see why Miller succeeds in school. However, people may not see just how much hard work Miller put into becoming a star student. His journey to improve his attendance made him a hero and inspires other students to improve their attendance too.
Last school year, Miller recalls that his attendance, “wasn’t so good [because] I wasn’t at school every day.” Madison Elementary principal Stephanie Zillig shared that Miller missed forty-five days of school and had five tardies. His spotty attendance put him at risk for struggling in school, and Miller, his teachers, and his principal knew they needed to do something to help him turn things around in fourth grade.
After talking with Zillig, Miller identified that he had trouble getting to school because he stayed up too late the night before and would sleep through his alarm. By identifying these issues, he worked on ways he and his dad could make sure he got to bed at a good time. Miller also took the initiative to start setting his own alarm clock before he went to bed, which helped him remember not to sleep through it in the morning.
These changes to Miller’s routine made a dramatic difference. So far this year, Miller has only missed one day of school and has only had a single tardy. Miller could not feel better about these improvements. “I think it’s amazing because I know more stuff now!” he exclaimed. Miller also feels good about having better attendance because it lets him participate in more school activities and looks forward to getting involved with Student Leadership Group, a club he could not join last year because he did not meet the attendance requirement.
To celebrate his improved attendance, the staff of Madison Elementary purchased Miller his very own Muskies Attendance HERO hoodie to celebrate the fact that Miller gets Here Every day Ready and On time. Miller’s special sweatshirt and his story also help him encourage other students to make perfect attendance a priority. Miller stated he knows students need to have good attendance every day, “so they can learn,” and encourages everyone to, “get up every day and wake up early enough that you can drive to school.” With such a good role model, many students around Muscatine will surely try Miller’s advice and become attendance heroes too, by going to school all day every day.

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