EDUCATION MATTERS #11
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Summer is definitely upon us! The month of July in schools is typically a very busy time. This is when the various maintenance projects take place and this particular July is no different. The Milan C-2 Custodial/Maintenance team has been vigorously working on waxing floors, painting walls, cleaning carpets, changing out ceiling tiles, building temporary walls and a host of other tasks/activities. The Transportation Team also utilizes this month to service our fleet of buses; specifically, they change the oil – replace various sets of tires – and make many other repairs that are difficult to complete during Summer School and the regular school year. If you see any of these individuals – please take time to share your appreciation for their efforts to improve our school; I guarantee they will sincerely appreciate it!
Another part of the typical summer plan is to clean out and remove unused materials or items that are damaged beyond repair. In order to do this effectively, the district will hold a Surplus Auction on Friday, July 24th. The items will be stored in the shop/storage area in the basement of the gym and can be accessed via the large bay door in the back of the school. Each item will be listed with a baseline/firm price and individuals can go through and bid on the various items. At the end of the auction, the highest price listed will secure the item. The Surplus Auction will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on July 24th, 2015. Please stay tuned to the Milan Standard for the official notice. The following items will be available: televisions, tools, overhead projectors, technological materials, etc. Please make plans to come by the school on the 24th!
Also throughout the month of July, the respective building offices will be closed and the respective offices will NOT open until Monday, August 3rd, 2015. The building and department leadership will also be available on this particular day as well. Student Orientation for the district will take place on Thursday, August 13th, 2015. The Elementary Orientation – grades K-4 – will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Middle School Orientation – grades 5-8 – will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the High School Orientation will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is an outstanding time for NEW students to become acquainted with the various processes and functions within the school; plus allowing RETURNING students to be refreshed. This time is especially vital for students transitioning from Elementary to Middle School and Middle School to High School. This transition is extremely important for students – the better students are prepared, the better they will perform during the school year. Parents, please make plans to attend the orientations and feel free to contact the respective offices with questions. Again, the Orientations will all be on Thursday, August 13th.
The 2015-2016 School Year will officially begin on Monday, August 17th, 2015. There will be several procedural changes to the school as next year begins. School will begin at 7:58 a.m. for ALL students. The Elementary schedule will not change, but the schedule will change significantly for students in grades five (5) through twelve (12). Homeroom will be moved from the middle of the day to the beginning of the day and students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) will begin the first period of the day at 8:15 a.m. After seventh (7th) period, secondary students will participate in a systematic academic intervention process titled All Wildcats Accept Rigor for Excellence (AWARE); the AWARE time will be from 2:23 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and students will be assigned areas based on their performance. If a student is struggling in a particular area, that student will go to the same area for AWARE time to receive specific and targeted assistance. Students that are scoring positively in all classes will participate in enrichment and/or rewarding activities during this time. Students will rotate AWARE groups every three (3) weeks based on their performance in respective classes. Ideally, this will provide an opportunity – during regular school hours – for students to receive assistance in a specific, structured, yet flexible format. School will release for all grades at 3:00 p.m. As we progress towards the new school year, the respective principals will be sending out information regarding the schedules in the coming weeks. We feel this will help us continually reach our mission of Striving for Excellence in Everything!
I sincerely hope that each of you is experiencing a RELAXING and REFRESHING SUMMER. Please feel free to contact me at the Central Office – 660-265-4414 Extension 5 or via email at email@example.com. Your support is GREATLY appreciated! It is truly a Great Day to be a MILAN WILDCAT!