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Milan C-2 Education Matters Newsletter







By Dr. Ben Yocom – Milan C-2 School District Superintendent


                October has come and brought with it an exciting time to be a MILAN WILDCAT!  This week is the annual Homecoming ‘week’!  Each day, the student body and staff participate in various SPIRIT activities, culminating with events at the end of the week.  Thursday, 10/4/18 is the annual Pep Rally at 7 p.m. at the stadium, Friday, 10/5/18 at 2 p.m., the annual Homecoming parade will take place – as of today, there are thirty-three (33) floats entered into the parade; and the entire week concludes with the Homecoming Game at 7 p.m. at Cal Hubbard Field.  The Cats will play the Gallatin Bulldogs and right now, these two (2) teams are at the TOP of the GRC East Division!  The coronation will be announced during the Pep Rally and the Homecoming Court will be recognized at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, prior to the start of the game.  This year, something different has been added to the routine activities – the first induction into the Milan C-2 Athletic Hall of Fame.  The school district is extremely excited about this event and the first inductee will be the entire 1993 Class 1A State Champion Football Team.  They will be recognized at half-time of the game.  Attempts have been made to contact ALL members (players/coaches) of the 1993 team.  The team will also be ‘honorary’ Grand Marshals for the parade!  If you have time, please make plans to come out to the Milan C-2 School District on Thursday (10/4/18) and Friday (10/5/18) to take in the festivities.  As time progresses, the Hall of Fame selection committee will meet in the spring to vote on nominees and anyone can be nominated for induction.  Once the committee makes a decision, the inductees will be announced during the annual OLD TIMERS Celebration (each year near Memorial Day) and again be recognized in the following Homecoming festivities.  After Friday, nomination instructions will be available on the Milan C-2 Website – www.milan.k12.mo.us – under the Hall of Fame tab.

                Also, this month will also provide us with the conclusion of the 1st Quarter.  It is difficult to fathom that on Friday, 10/12/18 – school will have been in session for thirty-nine (39) school days!  The 12th will also mark the end of the 1st quarter.  Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, 10/18/18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Parents-guardians, please look for information regarding signing up for the conferences – as each grade level handles conferences differently.  The 5-6 teachers will be located in the Cafeteria and the 7-12 teachers will be located in the Gymnasium.  If you have ANY questions regarding the process, please contact the Elementary, High School or Central Offices.  This is a crucial time in each student’s academic experience; the school and parents-guardians must work together for the betterment of each kid!

                The Milan High School Softball team won the annual Milan Invitational Softball tournament!  The original date for the tournament was Saturday, 9/8/18 – but weather caused it to be postponed to Saturday, 9/29/18.  The Lady Cats were victorious over Novinger, Green City and Grundy County!  Congrats!  They will begin their annual District Tournament on Wednesday, 9/10/18 at Putnam County Schools.

                The 1:1 Initiative (Chromebook access) has been a success!  The students have responded with great enthusiasm and all of our 7-12 staff have literally taken off with the new opportunities!  We still have a “Long Way” to go regarding the implementation, but we have surpassed my expectations to this point.  Parents-guardians, if any of you have questions or comments about this process, please do NOT hesitate to contact Mrs. Lisa Schoonover, Mrs. Brooke Dodson or Mrs. Ashley Hoerrmann.

                I would like to pass a long a HUGE note of appreciation regarding the entire community’s response to “Every” Wednesday early-release at 2 p.m.  Everyone has adjusted to this change and that is not lost on me!  This time is so very-valuable and from 2:05 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday, the instructional staff is involved in energetic, intense, strategic and purposeful activities to improve the ways they help kids!  Specifically, there have been “All-District” meetings on two (2) occasions – the first meeting allowed the staff to closely evaluate the school’s “Culture”.  The second “All-District” meeting was solely focused on the power of rapport and relationships within the school organization.  Education in 2018 is complex and collaborative; we must evaluate everything we do to make sure we are meeting the needs of our students.  This time, each week, allows us to do that very thing!

                Nearly everyone involved with the Milan C-2 “Family” believes the beginning of this year has been extremely smooth and this could not be possible without multiple individuals foregoing personal desires and wishes, to focus on the betterment of the collective!  Thank you so very much for your efforts!  If anyone has any questions about the ‘happenings’ within the Milan C-2 School District, please do NOT hesitate to contact me.  We continue to “Strive for Excellence in Everything”.  Together, we will further the cause for the kids.  I can be reached at 660-265-1400 Ext. 1 or via email by byocom@milan.k12.mo.us






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