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EDUCATION MATTERS #50

By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent

“STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING”

 

                Each day, in a school, is an opportunity to make lasting impact on the future – in multiple ways!  We must embrace the notion that each moment can spark lifelong interest in learning and growth.  I work each day to never lose sight of my fundamental purpose as an educator: to provide an environment for each STUDENT to reach their potential!  We owe it to our kids!

                November is typically a unique time in schools.  The annual Daylight Savings Time typically takes place early in the month and many are beginning to prepare for the upcoming Holiday Season.  The task to keep everyone focused on mastering cited objectives and criteria is vital!  This year, as you know, we have implemented a consistent process for educator growth – this is through the specific allocated time on Wednesday afternoons.  The process is on a four-week rotation and the first week (or Wednesday) has a District-Wide meeting and to date, the staff has reviewed the following topics:  Importance of school culture on school improvement; vitality of relationships within the school community; and the most recent district meeting consisted of discussion over the topic of student assessment.  After each district meeting, the respective buildings and areas take the next step in reviewing individual practices that address the needs within the topic of discussion.  This routine will greatly assist our effort to improve ‘how we do things’ for the students!

                For several years, the Federal Government has had a role in Public Education throughout the country.  In recent history, the most popular mechanism used by the federal government to provide oversight to schools was the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) this law was reauthorized twice and greatly impacted public education.  Missouri was subject to a NCLB waiver for the last few years.  Now, the federal law is titled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This process requires school buildings to be evaluated and if certain criteria are met, school buildings will be identified as Comprehensive or Targeted.  These classifications come from student performance on the annual Missouri Assessment Plan/Program (MAP) exams.  Specifically, the ESSA procedure looks specifically at Sub-Groups and their performance.  In ESSA, a Sub-Group, in a school-building, is established if/when the number of students reached thirty (30) or more.  Examples of sub-groups could include, but not be limited to:  students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), students with Language Education Plans (LEPs), students within the Free and Reduced Lunch process, etc.  It is important to understand that the classifications within ESSA are much different than the state of Missouri’s accountability process.  The state of Missouri provides review of school performance within the Annual Performance Report (APR).  This report presents a score regarding a school’s performance within the MAP exams, the graduation rate, the attendance rate and specific College-Career Readiness (CCR) area.  Unfortunately, the federal classification has to be completed by December 31st, 2018 and the state’s tool will not be publicized until February, 2019.  While this is confusing, please do not hesitate to contact the school with questions and remember, the Targeted and Comprehensive classifications are not state classifications – the Annual Performance Report (APR) is the state’s accountability tool.

                Parents-guardians, with the cool weather coming to us – please remember to encourage that your children wear coats, hats and gloves.  Further, reminding the kids to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly will continue to decrease the chances for the flu (and other illnesses) to spread. 

The annual Veteran’s Day celebration will take place on Monday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Milan C-2 Gymnasium.  If you are a veteran, on active duty or know someone that is – please make plans to come to school next Monday!  Personally, this is one of the most important assemblies the school has for obvious reasons. 

                The Fall sports seasons have concluded and the Winter sports season are beginning.  The 7th and 8th Grade Basketball teams have played one game and continue with a few more games this week.  Please follow the schedules on the district’s website.  The first HS Basketball games will take place on Monday, 11/19/18 vs. Novinger at home. 

                School will release for the annual Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, 11/20/18 at 12:45 p.m. and resume on Monday, 11/26/18.  Also, be advised that the school is changing its mass communication system.  The new system is titled School Messenger and some of you may have already received an email from this process.  In the next few days, those of you that received messages from the old system will be receiving an ‘Opt in’ request from School Messenger.  If you would like to continue to receive school news and announcements, please select the ‘Opt in’ option and do not hesitate to contact the school with questions.  Our goal is always to provide the best communication we can provide for the school and community.  The new platform will allow for many more options.  Parents-guardians, if your child is marked absent, an automated call will go out at 10:00 a.m. and if the notification does not take place after the first call – another automated call will go out at 5:00 p.m.  Again, our hope is to continue to work with parents-guardians to provide the best possible communication!

                All in all, the school year continues to progress in a positive manner.  There are always things that we, as the school, can do better and we constantly strive to seek improvement in everything we do!  If anyone has any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at school – 660-265-4414 Ext. 1 or at byocom@milan.k12.mo.us.  Together, we will continue to provide the best possible educational process for the kids!  Remember, Every Day is a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT! 

     


              

 

 

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