EDUCATION MATTERS #5
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Greetings from the Milan C-2 Family! I sincerely hope each and every one of you had a great holiday season. As the years pass by, it seems that the holiday season becomes quicker and quicker each year.
As usual, the Milan C-2 School District is very BUSY. The educational staff participated in a Professional Development session on January 2nd and the students eagerly returned to school on Monday, January 5th. The excitement and joy the students bring to school after a long break is absolutely awesome. It truly makes the entire experience worthwhile!
Beginning January 12th, the annual Milan Basketball Tournament will begin and run every night through Saturday, January 17th. This event has a varsity boy’s bracket and a varsity girl’s bracket. It is an exciting time and I encourage everyone to come out to enjoy some outstanding high school basketball.
In an effort to increase communication between the school family and the community at-large, the district has established a Facebook page. Each of you can review the page for current announcements or events that involve the school. Many learning institutions utilize the Facebook tool as a resource to communicate and we feel it can be a powerful tool for communication.
Parents/Guardians, as we progress through the school year – continue to engage your children in conversations about the progress at school. Many studies have proven that engagement at home will enhance the comprehension of students. While some students may initially defer the conversation, be persistent and discuss the day with them. Ask them what they did in school and how it has impacted their thoughts. We are striving for the same goal – student learning – and any help either of us can do to achieve that goal will greatly assist our students. Feel free to contact your student’s teacher or principal. As I’ve said before, education is a group effort and it takes a strong community to produce an outstanding learning organization!
Last month, I announced the district would begin utilizing a new assessment tool to assist us in identifying individual student’s respective learning levels in Math and Communication Arts. This process is titled eValuate and the students will participate in the first assessment this month. The eValuate assessments align directly with the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The SBAC will govern the standardized assessments within the entire state. The revised Missouri Learning Standards will also be included within the SBAC and covered within eValuate as well. Each month, students in grades two through twelve will take the exams; the exam results will allow us to make instructional decisions based on the students’ performance and provide us with a precise opportunity to predict student achievement levels. If you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact the school.
Our mission is to “Strive for Excellence in Everything” and each member of the Milan C-2 Family, no matter their role, understands this mission. WE can all improve our efforts and WE owe it to each other, the community and most importantly the students to seek improvement every day in every situation. The school has made many great strides during the first part of the 2014-2015 Academic Year, but WE still have more to do and WE will get there!
Feel free to contact anyone at the school with any questions, comments or concerns. My email address is email@example.com and the school’s number is 660-265-4414. This is a proud and vibrant community – remember EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A MILAN WILDCAT!