EDUCATION MATTERS #28
By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent
Greetings from all of us in the MILAN C-2 FAMILY! I trust and hope each of you had a GREAT Holiday Season! It seems that as the years pass, each holiday ‘come and goes’ very quickly – I have to remind myself to ‘stop’ and ‘smell the roses’…
School resumed on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 after the Winter Break. Due to school being canceled on December 19th and 20th, the last day of the 1st Semester/2nd Quarter was backed up to Friday, January 6th, 2017. This was to allow students proper time to prepare for the quarter or semester finals. We simply did not think it would have been fair to ask the students to take finals as soon as they returned from a long break. This schedule will allow the students to have at least two (2) school days to review the information prior to taking the exams (on January 5th and 6th). Also, as of now – school will be in session on Monday, February 20th, 2017 and Monday, March 20th, 2017. This is to account for the two days missed in December (12/19 & 12/20).
The annual MILAN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT will begin on Monday, January 9th and run through Saturday, January 14th. There will be three (3) games each night and the first game each night will begin at 5:00 p.m. There are fourteen teams total in the tournament (seven boys basketball teams and seven girls basketball teams). This totals eighteen (18) games overall in six (6) days. The Elementary Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Team will be sponsoring the meal during each night of the tournament and the Junior Class will continue to sponsor Concession Stand. If you are able, please make plans to come out to the MILAN C-2 GYM for this tournament! It will be a GREAT WEEK of basketball! The Wildcats received the ONE SEED and will play on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (due to having a BYE); the Lady Wildcats received the TWO SEED and will play on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The following teams are in the tournament this year: Green City, Grundy County, Novinger, Newtown-Harris, Linn County and Brashear. Each school will have one (1) boys team and one (1) girls team. The championship games will be on Saturday, 1/14/17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the girls championship game, followed by the boys championship game at 8:00 p.m.
Prior to the break or possibly over the break, many of you receive documentation regarding the district’s new mass communication tool. We have partnered with ALERT SOLUTIONS to provide communication. Each parent/guardian will need to go ‘on-line’ into the system and set up the specific needs for each student. This program will allow us to send the following: mass emails, text-messages, voice calls, etc. There are over one-hundred languages available within this program and users can select their language of preference. This program will replace the current ‘Text-Caster’ program and the ‘Text-Caster’ program will be fully phased out by March 1st, 2017. If you have any questions about this transition, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
The Milan C-2 Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 to discuss and potentially take action on the facility projects for this spring/summer. Remember, the district is in the midst of a Long-Range Master Facility Plan. The upcoming tasks are a part of PHASE I / YEAR II. Last summer (PHASE I / YEAR I), the district tuck-pointed the entire HS building, replaced forty-three (43) windows and repaired the roof. This spring/summer Phase I / Year II will consist of – replacing remainder of the windows, replacing the Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC) system in the HS and demolishing/re-constructing the Field House/Storage building (on the NW corner of the campus). This entire process is being financed through the district’s Capital Projects funds and given the economic projections, the revenues could be less; therefore, we have to be prudent in the tasks.
Lastly, over the break, the district began the process of installing a NEW PHONE SYSTEM. The current phone system is no longer in production and therefore, virtually impossible to service. As with any transition of this magnitude, there are bound to be ‘hurdles’ to overcome. If you happen to contact the school via phone and are transferred to the wrong extension or an extension does not work properly, please contact the Superintendent’s Office and we will ensure the information is communication properly. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this process brings anyone – but the issues were impossible to predict. Once the phone systems are fully installed and working properly, the communication process should be much improved.
I hope 2017 is a GREAT year for you and I am fully confident that the year of 2017 will be another GREAT YEAR for the Milan C-2 Family! After all, every day is a GREAT day to be a Milan Wildcat! Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns.