EDUCATION MATTERS #7
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
The spring season will be here in a few days and the ‘springing’ forward time change has pleasantly extended the day – it is TRULY an awesome time of the year! I personally enjoy hearing the sweet sounds of birds chirping in the morning; it’s a sign that winter is nearly concluded.
As a reminder, given the previous school cancelations – the final makeup day will be Monday, April 6th, 2015. School will be in session on this particular day.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has established March as National Nutrition Month. In an effort to remind students/parents about the importance of proper nutrition, the school is disseminating various pieces of correspondence to support proper nutrition. The district, in coordination with the Sullivan County Health Department, has been participating in a healthy schools grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. One of the foundational objectives within this grant is to reduce the obesity rates of students in grades K through 8. In conjunction with National Nutrition Month, everyone is encouraged to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing appropriate eating/physical activity habits. For more information, go to www.nationalnutritionmonth.org.
The annual Milan C-2 Read-A-Thon took place during the week of March 2nd through March 6th. It was an outstanding week and many individuals worked diligently to celebrate reading. Each day throughout the week was specified with a theme; the week culminating with a full day of ‘reading sessions’ for students in grades K through six on Friday. Several individuals came in to read and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Milan C-2 Family sincerely appreciates your efforts.
On Thursday, March 19th – from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the district will participate in the annual spring Parent-Teacher Conferences and I sincerely encourage ALL parents/guardians to contact the school for more information or to schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher. The parent/guardian to school communication is absolutely vital to the success of students and the ‘conference’ format provides a structured opportunity for specific communication to take place. Third quarter progress reports/grade cards will also be available for pick up during the Parent-Teacher Conference event. Again, please make sure to contact one of the respective offices with questions regarding the conferences.
Information will soon be dispersed regarding Summer School 2015. Each student is encouraged to participate in Summer School and the school will continue to utilize the Summer Journey format. Summer school student registration sheets are due to the Elementary Office by Friday, May 1st, 2015. Applications and registrations received after the due date are subject to possibly not attending Summer School. The summer session will begin on May 26th, 2015 and the district needs ample time to design/adjust transportation routes.
The annual testing session will begin in April and for the first time, ALL students in grades 3 through 8 will participate in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) electronically. Each student will utilize a traditional desktop computer or lap top to complete the exams. Students in grades 9 through 12 have already taken the End of Course assessment via an electronic platform. The state of Missouri is a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The SBAC is a completely different test than the traditional MAP exam and only students in grades 3 through 8 will participate in the SBAC exams – High School students will take EOCs as they have in the past. In order to provide a comfortable testing environment and address networking requirements, some of the exams will be taken in ‘large-group’ settings in the gymnasium. Students taking the SBAC exams will have opportunities to utilize headphones to hear the questions and information. Also, for the first time, every public school in Missouri will administer the American College Testing (ACT) exam to High School juniors. If you have additional questions about the upcoming exams – please feel free to contact any of the school offices.
As we progress to the end of the 2014-2015 Academic Year, several plans are being made to adequately prepare for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. In the coming weeks, the facilities will be evaluated for summer maintenance needs, classes will be chosen by secondary students, room assignments will be decided and a host of other tasks that need to be addressed prior to the next school year.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and thank you for your help in making Every Day a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!