EDUCATION MATTERS #15
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Hello from the Milan C-2 Family! Hopefully each of you have enjoyed an outstanding November month. The annual holiday season will be here soon and the school is busily working to provide an outstanding educational environment!
The winter sports seasons are upon us! The Middle School boys and girls basketball teams have been practicing since late October and so far have each played a handful of games. If you get a chance, feel free to come out to the Milan C-2 Gymnasium to support our middle school athletes. The High School boys and girls basketball team will begin their games in the annual Novinger tournament. The Novinger tournament begins on Monday, November 30th and runs through Friday, December 5th.
Our middle school and high school students have been very busy: the annual trip to the national conference for our Future Farmers of America organization took place during the last week of October. Our local FFA chapter was able to take several students to this conference. Mr. Green and Mr. Sayre continue to do an awesome job leading this program for our students! Also, our local Future Business Leaders of America have also been very active. Several FBLA members were able to travel to Omaha, Nebraska for a national leadership summit a few weeks ago. Thanks to the students and Mrs. Thurlo for your efforts in this outstanding organization! Our local Art Club is also working tremendously hard to enter contests and improve their skills as artists. Mrs. Hines provides dynamic leadership and some of her specific efforts have been cited in national Art education publications. These efforts are merely a portion of our staff/students’ efforts in various organizations – needless to say, we have MANY opportunities for students to be involved in activities and I am so proud of all involved!
The elementary students continue to display significant progress in various activities. Specifically, the IXL Program (this allows students to practice various skills away from school) continues to have MANY students practice skills and show improvement. The elementary school is also providing a Go Math informational night for ALL parents/guardians of students. The meeting was scheduled for early November, but if you missed it – please contact the elementary office to obtain the necessary information. The elementary is also providing a fund-raiser for the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) or PBS by having a staff member ‘taped to the wall’ as a part of the Tape the Turkey event; it is a great opportunity to have fun with the students – plus providing assistance in positive behavior at school and away from school. The AR/STAR parent informational ‘pizza’ night will be on 11/19/15 – again, parents of elementary students are certainly welcome to attend.
On Thursday, October 29th, the Milan C-2 Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss Facility Planning. Facility Solutions Group (FSG) was present to provide their thoughts and observations. The immediate plan is to begin reviewing options for establishing a committee of community members/patrons and parents to assist in planning; plus working to provide a plan for some renovations to the current High School building this summer (2016). No matter which direction the school goes regarding facilities, there are several necessary renovations that need to take place in the HS building and this summer, we hope to begin addressing those issues that need to be addressed no matter what. Again, the fundamental purpose in this process is to ensure we have a plan for addressing our facilities. As the leader of this school, we must have Facility Plan to ensure we are providing the best possible educational environment for our students! If you have questions about the facility process, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As you know, a lot of attention has been placed on our outstanding improvement from 2013-14 to 2014-15. Please understand that EVERYONE in the community has played a role in our improvement. We must now collectively focus on moving forward. How can you help? As a parent, speak with your children about school – try not to accept a ‘one-word’ response, but dig deeper. This allows the young people to know that they will be asked about school at home and their parents and school are together in ensuring they learn. As a patron/community member – become educated in the importance of a school in a community’s success. All of us want the best community possible and the true foundation of any community is its school system; we need your support to continue to provide an awesome school for our kids! Everyone in a community plays a role in educational development, whether you are strong supporters of the sports programs-the various student organizations-or the basic educational environment – everyone matters!
As I reflect on my time serving this community, I want to sincerely share my appreciation to each of you. This community is absolutely awesome! It is my honor to serve the community as the leader of the school. Do we have things that we need to do better? Absolutely, but I am very confident we will continue to improve! In July, the District Leadership Team held its first meeting to start the 2015-2016 School Year and along with our mission of “Striving for Excellence in Everything”, we adopted the following theme: “Never underestimate the POWER of WE”. Who is the ‘WE’? It is everyone in the community – parents, staff, students, etc. Once WE collectively work together to improve – ANYTHING is POSSIBLE! Thank you for making EVERY DAY a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!
School will release at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 and school will not be in session on the 25th, 26th and 27th (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). This is to observe the annual Thanksgiving holiday. If you have any questions, comments or concerns – please feel free to contact me. The number to my office is 660-265-4414 Ext. 5 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to speak to someone else at school, please call the same number and listen to the voice-prompt or view the Milan C-2 School District web-site at www.milan.k12.mo.us.