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


Happy New Year!  The month of January has entered and with it, a brand new year has also graced us with its presence!  I’m hopeful everyone enjoyed a refreshing and relaxing Holiday Season!  As usual, there’s a LOT going on in the Milan C-2 “Family”!

                The 58th Annual Milan Invitational Basketball Tournament will begin on MONDAY, January 8th, 2018 and run through SATURDAY, January 13th, 2018 – with four (4) games each night.  The tournament has eight (8) teams for the girls’ and boys’ brackets – Brashear, Green City, Grundy County, Linn County, Putnam County, Bucklin-Macon County, Novinger and our teams.  Each night, the games will begin at 4:30 p.m.; the championship games will be played on Saturday.  If you have a moment, please make plans to come out and ‘take in’ some great basketball!  Our girls’ team received the third seed and will open against Linn County on Tuesday, 1/9/18 at 7:30 p.m.; our boys’ team was voted as the first seed and will open against Bucklin-Macon County on Tuesday, 1/9/18 at 6:00 p.m.  This year, there will be an All-Tournament Team (for both boys’ and girls’ brackets) recognized for those players that perform exceptionally throughout the tournament; this team will be announced on Saturday night.  Several entities throughout the school will be sponsoring a meal for each night of the tournament – the games will be streamed to the cafeteria each night as well; allowing the attendees to watch the games, enjoy a great meal and support the Milan C-2 School District! 

                As we enter the traditional season of frigid temperatures, I do want to remind everyone to please take great caution in being outside.  If being outside is a MUST, please make sure to wear plenty of garments to protect yourself from the elements.  I also want to remind everyone of the district’s protocol if/when school is postponed or canceled due to inclement weather.  Cancellations or postponements will be announced via the district’s mass communication platforms (My-School Announcement, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.); plus, on various local media outlets (KTVO and a host of FM radio stations throughout the area).  My primary focus in determining whether or not to cancel or postpone school is safety and I take that focus very seriously!  The two (2) options If/when the circumstances call for the district to change the daily schedule are:

  1. Late Start – This is due to the forecast providing better temperatures or conditions as the day progresses and will be a “Two-Hour Delay” or a “10:00 a.m. Start”;

  2. Cancellation – If/when a cancellation is decided, there is little to no evidence of the conditions improving throughout the day;

Every effort will be made to communicate these decisions as soon as possible; without acting too quickly.  If anyone has any questions regarding my decisions to cancel or delay the start of school, please feel free to contact me and I’ll explain further.  Again, my primary focus in these situations is safety!

Lastly, this month – I want to share some exciting news with each of you.  Prior to releasing for Winter Break, the school received eighty (80) Chromebooks.  The goal is to begin the implementation of adding devices for student use in the 2018-2019 School Year.  After much deliberation and research, the Chromebook device was selected as the best device to move forward with.  These devices are popular within multiple schools, durable for student use, cost-efficient for mass use and the “Google” platform provides many educational applications.  Our High School teacher teams will begin training in January and continue with various training options throughout the 2nd semester.  Students will also begin using the devices this semester to increase familiarity.  Each year, per the district’s Textbook Rotation Schedule, textbooks are purchased for student use.  With the implementation of the Chromebooks, the traditional cost of textbooks will decrease significantly – those funds (that were previously used for textbooks) will then be used for purchasing devices.  The district’s Technology Team will be making further plans for the implementation and more information will be shared as time progresses!  It is an exciting time and will be a GREAT thing for our KIDS! 

On December 21st, 2017 – the district announced the first semester winner of the “3-I’s” Staff Award:  Mrs. Sanjuanita Diaz, ELL Paraprofessional.  Mrs. Diaz was one of twelve (12) nominees and received a standing ovation from her colleagues as announced!  The reasons for her nomination were:

Mrs. Diaz was hired as a translator and a paraprofessional – her job was to assist culturally and linguistically diverse or CLD families and their students.  She was also responsible for helping educators in core subjects educate the CLD students.  Now, with the increased number of CLD students – Mrs. Diaz has become even more vital!  She teaches courses, works with families, helps educators and also has a positive attitude in a very demanding position.  Without her assistance, the school would not be able to meet the needs of our growing population of CLD students.  Mrs. Diaz is a valued member of our school and a positive role model for our CLD students…  she deserves to be recognized for all of her extreme efforts!  Nominated for intervention!

The ’3-I’s’ are:  Innovation, Intervention and Instruction.  Staff were asked to nominate their colleagues who excel in one or all three of these categories.  The other nominees were:  Mr. Jarred Sayre-HS Vo-Ag; Mr. Nathan Dodson-HS Social Studies; Mrs. Ashley Pauley-ELEM Principal; Mrs. Norma Mason-Special Education Paraprofessional; Mrs. Brooke Dodson-HS Math; Mrs. Jennifer Richardson-Kindergarten; Ms. Tina Howard-Special Education Paraprofessional; Mr. Mike Kelly-HS Alternative Learning Center; Mrs. Melissa Van Dusseldorp-HS Counselor; Ms. Melissa Gray-HS Communication Arts; and Ms. Amy McCormack-ELEM Science.  Each nominee will be entered into the pool for the “3-I’s” Staff Member of the Year and there will also be a “3-I’s Staff Member of the 2nd Semester”!  I am so proud of our staff and the efforts to be leaders in innovation, intervention and instruction!  Congrats again Mrs. Diaz!

                Please do not hesitate to contact the school with questions – my email address is byocom@milan.k12.mo.us; the Central Office number is 660-265-4414 Ext. 1.  With EVERYONE working diligently, we can have an OUTSTANDING 2018!  Thanks for your support and remember, Every Day is a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!




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