EDUCATION MATTERS #30
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
April showers… bring May flowers? Is that how the old saying goes? As of today, the rain has certainly been plentiful and abundant. Several agricultural acquaintances have shared that they may need a break from the rain as well. To me, when a farmer says we have had ‘enough’ rain; that is a clear sign that things have been ultra-damp! Nevertheless, the activities at Milan C-2 continue. Our local FFA chapter has had MULTIPLE groups/teams earn the opportunity to compete at the state FFA competition in Columbia! We had six (6) groups or individuals qualify – FFA Knowledge, Parliamentary Procedure, Horsemanship, etc. The Milan C-2 FBLA chapter has also shown GREAT strides! We have the Missouri STATE Middle School President in our school, Zack Banner; and one of our FBLA students won the opportunity to compete at the National FBLA competition – Adri Thurlo. Our FBLA adviser was named the Middle Level – FBLA – Adviser of the Year! Great job Mrs. Thurlo! We have even had students win the opportunity to compete in the State SKILLS USA Competition; several of our students can participate in this event through their attendance at the Kirksville Area Technical Center (KATC). Logan Lee will represent Milan C-2 at the State SKILLS USA Competition! Our students have displayed outstanding performances in Vocal Music! Bailey Guevera earned an exemplary rating for a Vocal Solo and will compete at the state contest in Columbia! Please join me in showing PRIDE and APPRECIATION for ALL of these students! Great Job!
The district is continuing to improve the physical environment for our students. Nearly two (2) years ago, the Milan C-2 Board of Education committed to a long-range facility plan. This plan includes three (3) phases and intended to span nearly fifteen (15) years. The first phase began in 2016 and will end in 2021; last summer, the district focused primarily on the “Building Envelope” issues of the HS building. This summer (2017), the focus will be on the Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC) system and replacing the remainder of the windows in the High School. The district will also address the Field-House / Storage Building (located on the northwest corner of the campus). The current building was constructed via the Building & Trades Program within the district in the late 1970s. The building’s condition has worsened over the years and desperately needs to be addressed. At the end of this summer, the High School building will enjoy NEW heating and air-conditioning, new windows throughout the entire building (over 80 windows total) and a new Field-House / Storage Building. The Milan C-2 Board is still planning to include a new construction component within the first (1st) phase – the most pressing identifiable needs are additional gymnasium space (for performances, activities, assemblies, etc.), and a larger eating area (allowing the district to decrease the overall lunch times). The specific size and scope of the new construction component is yet to be determined, but the spatial and food service issues are the highest priority. When a new cafeteria/commons area is added, the current cafeteria can be transformed into a spacious and modern Library-Media Center. Needless to say, WE are collectively MAKING great strides to improve our school! I firmly believe that a community’s school district belongs to the community. After all, a school is only as ‘good’ as its community and we work ‘hand-in-hand’ to improve the educational atmosphere for OUR kids!
The annual Junior-Senior Prom will be on Saturday, April 29th. The annual “Promenade” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Milan C-2 Gymnasium, and the Prom will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Milan Community Center. The junior class, junior staff sponsors and Mrs. Jackie Wyant has worked extremely hard to prepare for the Prom! It will certainly be an event to remember!
The annual graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Milan C-2 Gymnasium. It’s hard to believe we are already nearing this date – the year has literally ‘flown by’! We will continue to provide the Senior Spotlights in the Milan Standard and on the Milan C-2 Facebook page. Please join ALL of us in honoring and congratulating the Milan C-2 Class of 2017!
Our Baseball, Track and Golf programs are busy competing in multiple events, meets and games (as much as the weather allows) – check the district website, www.milan.k12.mo.us, under the ‘Calendar’ link for dates, locations and times. Make plans to watch our Wildcats!
Thank you for your support and presence! Our school continues to show strong signs of improvement and the advancement would NOT be possible without the community’s support! Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at school 660-265-4414 Ext. 1. Remember, EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A MILAN WILDCAT!