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Milan C-2 Education Matters Newsletter

Dr. Ben Yocom 




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


                June is here and the early part of this month has provided us with a plethora of rain fall.  This large amount of rain has led to multiple flooding issues, road closings and agricultural issues.  There has been SO much rain that I had to cancel a day of Summer School on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 – this is the first time I can remember EVER canceling Summer School due to weather!  As they say, if you don’t like the weather in Missouri – just wait a bit and it will change!

                The 2019 version of Summer School began on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 and will conclude on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019.  School will release at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, 6/24 and Tuesday, 6/25.  This year’s Summer School session is packed full of activities:  each Friday, the entire student body will travel to Chillicothe to the water park; there are two or three dates when students will travel to various areas to fish and we have a few trips to the Milan Municipal pool.  Needless to say, Mrs. Sawyer – Summer School Director – and the other staff members do an OUTSTANDING job planning and running a summer session for our students!  For the fifth straight year, we have invited students from Green City to attend the session as well! 

                The Custodial-Maintenance Staff is extremely busy addressing the various maintenance needs throughout the district – focusing on painting multiple classrooms, renovating vacant areas, moving classes/offices from one location to another and completing the routine maintenance tasks of stripping/sealing floors, cleaning carpets, etc.  Mr. Richardson and his crew continue to do an amazing job!

                I am honored to announce a few changes to the district’s leadership – Mr. Tyler Clark will assume duties as the 7th-12th grade Assistant Principal and Activities Director.  He officially starts on August 1st, 2019 and has been present on campus multiple times throughout the spring to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Mrs. Brooke Dodson will become the district’s Technology Director – she will assume this additional responsibility, while continuing to teach four (4) Math classes in the High School.  Mrs. Dodson has been instrumental as the district implemented the “1:1 Process” in the High School and will continue to lead the process as we add devices to all Elementary students next year!  Mrs. Ashley Hoerrmann and Mrs. Lisa Schoonover will continue to support the technology process as “Chromebook Specialists”.  Amazingly, as school opens on August 15th, ALL students will have access to a device.  The selected device for all students will be Chromebooks and Kindergarten students will have ‘touch-screen’ options to assist with key board manipulation.  Our goal will be to ensure that the staff use the devices as a supplement to provide engaging activities and opportunities for students.  Please assist me and the school in welcoming Mr. Clark and Mrs. Dodson to their new leadership roles within the Milan C-2 Family!

                Each month, I will submit a Building Project Update to the various communication platforms – the platforms include, but will not be limited to:  the district’s website, the district’s sanctioned social media sites and the newspaper.  I am passionate about my obligation to communicate with everyone regarding the project and am excited to see the progress.  Please pay close attention to the various platforms to stay ‘current’ on the project’s progress.

                If anyone reading this has a desire to serve the school district as a BUS DRIVER, I would encourage you to follow up with Mr. Buell, the MC2 Transportation Director or me.  We have a shortage of substitute and/or trip drivers.  The district will provide a $250 bonus to each/every successful sub driver; just for obtaining the license and becoming eligible to drive.  Prospective sub drivers also obtain ‘paid-training’ before ever driving their first route or trip.  It is a GREAT opportunity to serve the community and make some extra money.  Mr. Buell does a magnificent job overseeing our transportation department and fully prepares all sub/trip drivers.

                I strive to better myself EACH day and often meet this objective by reading/researching educational practices throughout the world.  Over the past few weeks, I have really focused on the ‘Hard Work’ mentality.  Dr. Jimmy Casas, an educational presenter from Bettendorf, Iowa – speaks often about making “Hard Work” your passion.  My challenge has always been to be passionate about putting forth maximum effort in this school and community.  Once you adopt an intense desire to sustain a solid work ethic, success will follow! 

                Have a great summer and remember, Every Day is a GREAT DAY to be a MILAN WILDCAT!  Feel free to contact me at school (660-265-4414 Ext. 1) if you have any questions or email me at byocom@milan.k12.mo.us





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