EDUCATION MATTERS #8
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
The spring season is in ‘full-swing’, the temperatures are rising and although it occasionally rains, the outdoor activities are plentiful. The foliage throughout our beautiful landscape reminds everybody of the true joy in our surroundings. Many have said – “If you don’t like the weather in Missouri, just wait a minute and it will change”, this is especially true in early spring when the temperatures fluctuate fairly significantly. Please closely monitor the weather forecasts and the predicted temperatures.
Last month, the district’s transportation team accomplished a feat that has become a ‘mainstay’ for Milan C-2 Schools – 100% Missouri Highway Patrol Transportation Inspection results. This is an outstanding accomplishment! Many schools are pleased with a 90% approval rate for inspections and dream of obtaining a 100% approval rate. This is the absolute pinnacle for transportation departments and it speaks volumes regarding the district’s team. The team is led by Mr. John Buell, Transportation Director; Mr. Terry Clark, Transportation Assistant and a host of drivers. Each of these individuals performs exemplary in serving the community and ensuring our students/staff are transported safely. If you see members of the transportation team, please tell them they are appreciated and congratulate them on a job well-done!
The month of April also brings numerous activities and competitions for the district’s student organizations. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), under the coordination of Mrs. Michelle Thurlo, will be traveling to Springfield, Missouri for the annual State FBLA Convention. This is an awesome opportunity for our students to participate in a variety of ‘business-related’ activities and competitions. The FBLA Convention will be from April 12th through April 14th. The Future Farmers of America (FFA), under the direction of Mr. Jack Green and Mr. Jarred Sayre, will be participating in the annual state competition – Milan C-2 will be well represented at the state competition. The Wildcats are entered in the following state-wide areas/awards – Chapter Activities award, and Proficiency award; four students will be receiving their State FFA Degrees; several students will compete in the following events – FFA Knowledge, Entomology, Dairy Cattle, Poultry, Livestock and Farm Management. The FFA Convention will be in Columbia on April 16th and 17th. If you know anyone that participates in any of these organizations – please make sure that you wish them well in their upcoming events!
The annual testing cycle is underway. This year, students in grades three-eight will be participating in the NEW Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessment model. These assessments are considerably different than the tests administered in previous years. The tests will begin on April 8th and run through April 17th for students in 3rd through 8th grade. The High School students will participate in the ‘End-of-Course’ assessments on April 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th and 27th. ALL juniors (11th graders) will be taking the required American College Testing (ACT) Exam on April 28th. The district has made arrangements to administer most of the exams in the gymnasium on lap-top computers; as many of the exams are not the traditional ‘paper-pencil’, but electronic. If possible, please assist the district in the testing process by making sure your child is present at school on days that testing will take place, ensuring your child receives a good night of sleep prior to a day of testing and lastly, providing a solid breakfast for your child prior to school or seeing that your child is at school early enough to receive breakfast from school – the district will provide healthy snacks for students throughout the various testing sessions. While the test-results are NOT a total reflection of our school, the results do provide us with a solid barometer regarding our school’s primary objective – STUDENT LEARNING. To this point, any help you can provide will be GREATLY appreciated.
This time of year provides for several sporting activities for our students – Baseball, Track for Middle and High School students and Golf. The annual Milan Track meet will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd; this meet will be for both Middle and High School student athletes. Be sure to view the district’s website and Facebook page for game/meet/contest schedules and times.
This month, the school board will hear presentations from various firms/entities regarding establishing a Long-Range Facility Plan. The purpose is to utilize a professional firm in seeing what options the district has regarding the future use of its current facilities. The district has several facility concerns and in order to prepare for the facility needs, a solid plan must be established. More information will follow in the coming months.
Finally, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 265-4414 Ext. 5 with any questions, comments or concerns. WE owe it to the students to work together to provide an outstanding educational system for our community and this cannot be done independently, but collectively. Do not underestimate the ‘Power of We’ – thank you for your support and making ‘Every day a GREAT day to be a Milan Wildcat!’