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Milan C-2 Education Matters Newsletter

Dr. Ben Yocom 

 

 

EDUCATION MATTERS #61

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

“STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING”

                Greetings to the MC2 Nation!  We are in the midst of another outstanding school year!  The KIDS in our school remain (and will always) be our FIRST PRIORITY!

The Fall season is fully upon us here at the Milan C-2 Family and as usual, there are LOTS of things taking place.  The weather has definitely been unpredictable over the past few weeks and I hope the winter months will be better.  In the event inclement weather occurs and the school has to adjust typical plans, the following will take place:

  1. School canceled for that day altogether;
  2. 10:00 a.m. start time;
  3. Alternate bus routes, also known as “Hard Surfaces Only” – meaning the buses will not travel on gravel or dirt roads for that particular day – the individual drivers preset pick up and drop off locations for the “Hard Surfaces Only” days;

These situations will be communicated via the mass messaging system from the school, to local media outlets (radio and television) and on the official school social network platforms.  If anyone has specific questions about these outcomes, please contact the school as soon as possible and be sure to pay close attention to the various platforms for current school schedule information.  Hopefully, the winter will be calm – but if not, we will be ready!

                If you have traveled by the campus over the past few weeks, you have definitely seen the Better MC2-Project 2020 in full force!  As of today (11/5/19), the ground has been cleared and nearly all of the fill gravel-material has been delivered.  As soon as the preset plumbing is installed, the crews will begin installing the forms for concrete.  The footings will also vary depending on the various ‘load demands’ of the structure.  Once the footings have been poured and installed, the final preparation for ‘flat-work’ will begin.  This is a time consuming process and will be heavily influenced by the weather.  The schedule calls for the initial concrete work to continue through the middle of February of 2020.  The interior renovation tasks will not begin until the summer of 2020, likely in June.  Please visit the Milan C-2 Website, Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures of the progress.  The feeling throughout the school is extremely exciting!  Overall, the cafeteria/commons area will be open by the beginning of the 2020-21 School Year; while the gymnasium will be open for use at the beginning of next year’s Basketball season.  

                Each year, schools must participate in standardized exams dictated by the state leadership.  This typically takes place in the spring of each school year and students begin doing so in 3rd grade – with grade level exams through 8th grade.  In High School, students take End of Course assessments in certain subjects.  The scores are then tabulated and organized into a format to evaluate the overall student performance of the students within the district – these scores assist in establishing a portion of the school’s Annual Performance Report (APR).  The APR is the State of Missouri’s tool to evaluate a school’s effectiveness as a school.  Along with the outcomes of the standardized assessments – schools are also held accountable for the overall student attendance percentage, student access to Dual Credit with Colleges/Advanced Courses, College/Career Assessment participation and the school’s graduation rates.  In the past, the APR was scored by establishing an overall percentage of performance – the Milan C-2 School District has consistently increased the overall percentage each year.  This year, while not tabulated in a total percentage, the district made solid strides in various areas.  The district leadership is working to identify methods to address the weaknesses and build plans to improve in each area.  There will be additional information shared in the coming weeks and months; but if anyone has any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

                Yesterday, November 4th, 2019 – the students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades were able to participate in a “Distracted Driving Simulation” experience.  This was sponsored by MoDOT and allowed students to see ‘first-hand’ the dangers and potential outcomes when driving distracted.  Students were able to actually sit in an automated vehicle and engage in a simulated driving experience.  Distracted driving continues to be a safety concern throughout young drivers and this platform provided an ‘eye-opening’ example of how quickly things can happen when drivers are distracted.

The school year seems to be moving at a rapid pace.  It’s hard to believe it, but we are nearing the midpoint of the 2nd quarter.  School will release on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 12:45 p.m. for the annual Thanksgiving holiday.  School will resume on Monday, December 2nd – after the holiday.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school with questions, comments or concerns.  I am continually honored to be a part of a great community and a great school system.  We, as a community, are together in supporting the future of our great town!  It is truly a GREAT day to be a Milan Wildcat!

               

             

Important Online Registration Information

  The online registration portal will be opening soon for the 2019-2020 School  Year. You will receive an email from Tyler Technology if you provided the district with an email address. Please follow the directions in the email to begin the online registration process. If you need assistance with the registration process, you can come to the elementary office during business hours. . . .

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