EDUCATION MATTERS #29
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Greetings Milan Wildcat Nation! I trust and hope each reader is experiencing an OUTSTANDING February! The issue for this month is a few weeks later than usual, my apologies and I hope to provide some great information related to our great school!
First, our FIRST makeup day (from the canceled day of December 19th, 2016) will be on MONDAY, February 20th, 2017 – school WILL be IN-SESSION on 2/20/17. Further, I will be seeking an amendment to the calendar and our SECOND makeup day (from the canceled day of December 20th, 2016) will be on TUESDAY, March 21st, 2017. As of today, we have only two (2) makeup days. If there are additional cancellations, that will likely change.
Congratulations to Seniors – Bre Sawyer and Jon Coronado for being crowned MIHISCO Queen and King respectively. The annual MIHISCO games were on Friday-January 27th, 2017 against Brashear – both of our teams were victorious on this particular evening. Further, a special CONGRATS to the Milan HS Boys Basketball team for winning the 57th annual Milan Tournament. Delays and cancellations led the tournament to be completed on Saturday-January 28th, 2017 and the boys beat Novinger to win the championship! Go WILDCATS!
With February in full swing, there are multiple efforts under way to plan-prepare for the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking at multiple options to improve the educational experience for the students in this community – this could include, revisions to the All Wildcats Accept Rigor for Excellence (AWARE) student intervention process to specifically address the educational needs students have (particularly in reading and Math); we also will be looking at ways to provide more support to students as needed – this may be accomplished through a mentoring or check-up process – allowing respective staff members to build rapport and implement a process to assist all students; and lastly, we will be looking at our class offerings – with the intent to potentially add more Science and/or Technology instruction for students at various levels. Needless to say, our entire educational FAMILY is working to provide a BETTER and IMPROVED academic environment for our kids!
On February 8th, 2017 – our faculty/staff had a GREAT opportunity – we had Dr. Todd Whitaker present to our staff. Dr. Whitaker is a nationally known educational leader and has published over forty books and other materials. He originally comes from Missouri and was a great resource for our staff! His fundamental philosophy is as educators, we need to collectively TREAT our kids, co-workers, community members and parents with enthusiasm and positive excitement.
On Tuesday-January 31st, 2017 – the Milan C-2 Elementary School was publicly honored as a PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (PLC) EXEMPLARY SCHOOL! We were one of sixteen (16) schools throughout the ENTIRE state to win this prestigious award. The fundamental purpose behind the PLC process is that we, as a school, will collaborate to provide the BEST possible educational experience for our students – all while answering the four (4) primary questions – 1) What do we want students to learn (curriculum?; 2) How do we know when they know what we want them to learn (assessment)?; 3) What do we do when they do not learn or master the information (academic interventions)?; and 4) How do we respond when they have mastered the information (enrichment)?. The MC2 Elementary is now known as a HIGH performing school under the PLC process! This is a GREAT accomplishment, as the award was given by Dr. Margie Vandeven, the Commissioner of Education within the state of Missouri. Please join us in celebrating and congratulating the elementary in this OUTSTANDING accomplishment!
As a reminder, we are phasing out ‘text-caster’ and replacing it with Alert Solutions. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so – as the text-caster system will be fully removed from use by March 1st, 2017. The new system will provide for several platforms to share information (email, phone call and text).
Lastly, we will continue to work hard EVERY DAY for the betterment of the kids in this community. Next month, I’ll share specific information relating to our plans for Phase One (1) / Year Two (2) – this spring/summer of 2017.
Thanks for your support and remember – EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A MILAN WILDCAT! Feel free to contact me with questions/concerns – email@example.com.