EDUCATION MATTERS #26
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Greetings from Milan C-2! As you know, we have had OUTSTANDING weather this fall; it has extended the outdoor activities for a few weeks. The annual fall sports’ seasons are now complete and our students are preparing for the upcoming winter activities. The Middle School Basketball Season’s first home-game was on Monday, 11/7/16. The High School Basketball Season will begin on Tuesday, November 22nd with a home game. If you can, please make plans to come out and support our teams. In the very near future, the school will receive some upgrades to the gym interior – we have already posted new Grand River Conference banners (representing all sixteen schools in the conference); in the next few weeks, we will also be installing new accomplishment banners, new wall mats for the east and west sides – plus a new banner for the 1993 Class 1A Football State Champions. This is in addition to the gym being painted this summer. Given the change in conferences, it seemed to be an opportune time to update several artifacts within the gym.
The district also had a very positive Annual Performance Report (APR) this year. The APR is the evaluation tool the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) uses to review a school’s effectiveness. This process is a part of the infamous Missouri School Improvement Process (MSIP) 5th Cycle or simply known as MSIP 5. The areas reviewed within this report are the following:
Academic Achievement – in Social Studies, Math, Communication Arts and Science;
Sub-Group Achievement – in Social Studies, Math, Communication Arts and Science (a sub-group is established when a number of students with similar demographics are identified within the school);
College and Career Readiness – this particular strand is broken into three (3) areas:
College/Career Readiness Assessments – ACT, Compass Exam, ASVAB, etc.
Advanced Placement – students in Dual Credit courses or Advanced Placement courses are tracked
Post-Secondary Placement – if/when students take a certain course sequence, they are evaluated as to their work after graduation
- < > – the school is expected to have ninety (90) percent of the students present at school ninety (90) percent of the possible time
Graduation Rate – this statistic is figured using the total number of students as graduates and comparing that number to the total number of students that entered high school when that particular class entered as freshmen
Last year, the Milan C-2 School District earned the highest improvement in APR achievement in ALL Northeast Missouri school districts from the 2014 APR compared to the 2015 APR. This year, we still maintained an OUTSTANDING APR score – the district
earned a score of 87.9% or 123 points out of 140 points possible. The various buildings are in the process of planning celebrations for the students and teachers. This level of achievement is not by accident, but rather a result of intentional actions to improve the OVERALL educational experience for the kids in this community! You, as community members, also play a HUGE role in the improvement process. THANKS!
Also, this Friday – November 11th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the Milan C-2 School District will host the annual Veteran’s Day Program. The local Future Farmers of American (FFA) chapter is hosting this event. This will take place in the Milan C-2 Gymnasium. Everyone is certainly welcome to attend. This is a small gesture we, at the school, can give to those active duty military personnel and veterans.
Some of you may have noticed the generators placed on the east side of the elementary building. Those generators were obtained through the Sullivan County Emergency Management Group, specifically – Mr. Dennis Goldsmith. In the event a catastrophic emergency would take place, the Milan C-2 School District would serve as the primary communications center. In order to ensure decisions and communications can effectively take place, electricity must be available and the generators provide a way for the school to have electricity no matter what. The generators have been set on concrete pads and painted. Thanks to all that assisted in this endeavor!
As I walk the halls of our school, I am consistently inspired by our students. They are the ‘reason’ the school exists – the school is obligated to prepare the students for the ‘next step’. I take that obligation very seriously. In a short amount of time, this school has made GREAT STRIDES! We still have a long way to go, but – TOGETHER, WE will get there! Thanks for allowing me to serve the community! Remember, EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A MILAN WILDCAT!