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EDUCATION MATTERS #39

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

“STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING”

While today is the first Monday in December of 2017, it certainly does NOT feel like “December” weather.  Not to worry, the forecast is calling for the traditional ‘chilly’ temperatures throughout the week!  School will release on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 at 12:45 p.m. for the annual Winter Break.  This will also conclude the first semester and the second quarter of the 2017-2018 School Year.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 to begin the 2nd Semester and 3rd Quarter.  The Elementary (Grades PK-6) and High School (Grades 7-12) will be sharing end of quarter/semester plans in the coming days/weeks. 

The Milan C-2 School District achieved a 90% on the most recent Annual Performance Report.  This endeavor will be CELEBRATED throughout the week 12/11---12/15.  The APR is the State of Missouri’s primary evaluation tool for school effectiveness.  It covers academic performance through standardized tests with Communication Arts, Math, Social Studies and various levels of Science.  The report reviews the attendance rates of each school, the graduation rates of each school and the College-Career Readiness of each school as well.  MC2 has shown a STEADY increase in the last four (4) years:  2014=71.4%; 2015=88.6%; 2016=87.6% and lastly this past year, our school scored a 90% overall!  This is a TREMENDOUS accomplishment and is a profound reflection of steadfast efforts from a multitude of individual.  It is CLEAR evidence of LEARNING and LEARNING is what we are all about!  Again, I am so proud of the staff, the parents, the community and certainly the STUDENTS!  Great JOB!  Each day throughout the Celebration Week, a different quote or statistic will be read over the speaker system; the students will participate in FUN activities on Wednesday, 12/13/17 and the district will public/release a Promotional Video with facts and statements from various individuals within our school community!  Stay tuned…

The basketball seasons are also in full ‘swing’.  The Junior High basketball seasons will conclude next week with the annual Schuyler County 8th Grade Basketball Tournament (12/9—12/15).  The High School Basketball seasons are progressing nicely!  The MHS Girls Basketball Team won the Consolation Championship of the Novinger Tournament; while the MHS Boys Basketball Team took home the FIRST PLACE trophy on the boys’ side of the same tournament!  We have home HS Games scheduled for 12/8 vs. Schuyler County, 12/12 vs. Polo, 12/15 vs. Maysville, and 12/19 vs. Princeton, away.  The HS teams will also compete in the Holiday Hoops Event at North Central College in Trenton on 12/28/17 – the MHS Topcats’ team will also be performing on the same day.  If you have not had a chance to watch any of our teams, please take some time to do so! 

The Elementary (grades PK-6) will be holding their annual Winter Concert at the MC2 Gymnasium on Wednesday, 12/6/17 at 6:00 p.m.  Mr. Cason does a tremendous job preparing and leading the students.  If you can, everyone is encouraged to attend – you will NOT regret it!

We have collectively been working to provide a better technological environment for our students.  One of the first objectives in this improvement process is to insert eighty (80) Chromebooks for student use at the beginning of the 2nd Semester.  The devices will be split into various areas throughout the school and teachers will begin using them to assist in various instructional activities.  The goal is then to add more of these devices at the beginning of the 2018-2019 School Year, to implement the “1-to-1” Initiative into one (1) section of the school district.  More information will be coming in future months, but this is the first step in the process of improving the technological resources for our students.

Lastly, throughout this year – the staff has been encouraged to become more innovative, more prone to intervene if/when necessary to improve student mastery and provide multiple instructional strategies for students that learn in different ways.  A staff member will be awarded the “3-I’s” Staff Award for the 1st Semester on 12/21/17.  This award is selected by the instructional staff and specifies the three (3) areas of:  INNOVATION, INSTRUCTION and INSTRUCTION!  The 1st Semester winner will receive a certificate, newspaper write up and a $50 gift card (provided by a private donor).  Each staff member must be nominated and the District Leadership Team will select the winners.  There will be a 1st Semester winner, a 2nd Semester winner and a “3-I’s” Staff Member of the YEAR Award as well! 

Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @DrBenYocom and the school district @MilanC2Schools; plus, the other platforms for district information (Facebook page and District website).  If you have specific questions or comments, feel free to call me at school – 660-265-4414 Ext. 1 or at byocom@milan.k12.mo.us. 

Have a GREAT Holiday Season and remember, EVERY DAY is a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!

 

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