EDUCATION MATTERS #12
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
August is here and as this particular month arrives, so does the excitement about the beginning of a new school year! This is undoubtedly my favorite time of the school year – ALL students are literally excited about coming to school.
Student Orientation will be on Thursday, August 13th, 2015. The Elementary Open House will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; the 5th Grade Orientation will be at 5:30 p.m., the 7th Grade Orientation will be at 6:15 p.m. Students entering grades six (6) and eight (8) are welcome to attend to set up their lockers and review their respective schedules. We provide specific information for 5th and 7th graders due to the significant change those particular students will have when school begins. The High School orientation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please make plans to attend these meetings.
High School practices for Softball and Football began on Monday, August 3rd. The first official activities for these sports will be on Friday, August 14th, 2015; this will be the annual Jamboree. The Softball Jamboree will begin at 4:00 p.m. (American Legion Field) and the Football Jamboree will begin at 7:00 p.m. (Cal Hubbard Field and Stadium). Please make plans to attend these activities.
The 2015-2016 School Year will officially begin on Monday, August 17th, 2015. School will be in session ALL DAY on both Monday (8/17) and Tuesday (8/18). This year, all classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. This will be a change for students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12). The hourly schedule for MS/HS students will also change. Students will enter homeroom at the beginning of the day (in the past, it was in the middle of the day); students will also have lunch in shifts (in the past, they were escorted by their homeroom teachers); and finally, ALL students will have the opportunity to receive additional help during a structured-academic intervention process at the end of the day (from 2:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). This will provide EACH student a specific opportunity to receive assistance in various assignments, preparing for a test or anything else that relates to the respective class activities. The Milan C-2 Family feels strongly about giving students an organized method to master specific concepts.
As we begin the year, we are focusing on unleashing ‘The Power of We’. While the statement sounds obvious and is a bit cliché, I am convinced if we truly and sincerely accept ‘The Power of We’, our efforts to improve this school and community are much more meaningful. What is your role within ‘The Power of We’? Whether you are a parent or community patron, YOU are a part of the ‘The Power of We’. Providing a solid educational system requires more than the efforts of the school’s employees; but MUST have positive participation by the patrons and parents. Our students deserve a positive educational experience and WE need your help to accomplish this – we will ‘get it done’ if we truly embrace ‘The Power of We’.
With any new year, there are NEW additions to our educational family – the new Middle School principal is Mr. Erik Logan. The other new team members are: Mrs. Tasha Wyant, MS Math; Mrs. Mandy Tipton, Elementary Counselor; Ms. Natasha Nolte, 1st Grade teacher; Mrs. Tiffany Sayre, MS Special Education; Ms. Lauren Nelson, MS Science/Social Studies; Mr. Joshua Foulk, HS Communication Arts; Ms. Laci Ledford, 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Sarah Lewis, Library-Media Center Specialist; Ms. Suzanne Easley, MS Communication Arts; Mr. Nathan Simler, In-School Suspension; Ms. Shaleigh DeVore, 3rd Grade teacher; Mr. Coley Hanes, MS Social Studies and Mr. Tommy Damewood, Custodian. Please assist us in welcoming these individuals to our Milan C-2 Family!
In an effort to remind you of our comprehensive focus; our Three (3) Improvement Goals will not change as we enter the 15-16 School Year; (1) Improve student achievement; (2) Improve facilities and resources to enhance the entire educational process; and finally (3) Enhance community engagement and involvement. Everything we do will systematically align to the three goals/objectives. Our mission of ‘Striving for Excellence in Everything’ will also not change and our organization will strive for improvement in every facet and continuously seek excellence every day.
In order to meet the goal of improving our facilities and resources, the district has partnered with Facility Solutions Group (FSG) to evaluate the existing facilities – specifically the High School building. In September or October of 2015, FSG will present its findings to the Board of Education. The board will then make a decision on how to proceed. I firmly believe each school must have a Long-Range Master Facility Plan; the plan must be realistic and purposeful as it relates to the goals/needs of the community and students. In the coming months, I will be seeking feedback from the community and parents regarding the thoughts on the district’s facilities. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-265-4414 Ext. 5 with information. I believe the school is the community’s school and any type of facility project or situation should represent the community’s wishes.
As I stated above, I am sincerely excited about the upcoming school year. WE made a lot of GREAT strides to improve our educational system in this community last year and I am confident our school WILL continue to improve. Remember, every day is a GREAT day to be a MILAN WILDCAT!