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Milan C-2 Education Matters Newsletter

EDUCATION MATTERS #75

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

“STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING”

Happy January! Most of “us” have eagerly awaited the end of 2020 – as it has arguably been the most challenging year any of us have experienced. We have undergone extensive amounts of time separated from one-another, loss of life, multiple days/weeks in isolation or quarantine, and a host of other experiences. Everyone has likely developed a new perspective on what is and is not important. As we begin 2021 – there are some things to consider, as it relates to the Milan C-2 School District and MC2 Nation –

School resumed on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 – this is the beginning of the 3rd quarter and 2nd semester. We are continuing to engage in multiple mitigation strategies – including, but not limited to – constant disinfecting, fogging all classrooms at the end of each day, placing “Air Scrubbers” in multiple areas when school is not in session, etc. These efforts allowed us to control the spread of the virus within the school facilities. We will continue to strive to make sure everyone is spread out as much as possible and strongly encouraging masks/face coverings for all individuals. The Custodial-Maintenance Team has done a TREMENDOUS job completing these tasks and going the “Extra Mile” to make sure our school is as clean as possible. If you see any of the MC2 Custodial-Maintenance Team, please express your gratitude for their efforts.

The annual filing for the Milan C-2 Board of Education opened on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, and will conclude on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. If anyone is interested in filing for this election, please contact the Milan C-2 Central Office. There are two (2) openings and the election will take place on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021. These positions allow local communities to oversee the progress of the Public School within the community. There are few elected and volunteer positions that have as much fulfillment as serving as a Local School Board Member. It is a vital part of civic growth!

The 61st Annual Milan Invitational Tournament is slated to begin on Monday, January 11th, 2021 – the tournament will be held in the old Milan HS Gymnasium. The new gymnasium will not be ready for competitive use by the tournament. There will be three (3) games per night (Monday through Thursday); four (4) games on Friday (beginning at 2 p.m. – school will release on 12:45 p.m.) and the tournament will conclude on Saturday, with six (6) games with the games beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will be provided and all attendees should have a ticket before entering. The gym will be cleared out multiple times each day for disinfecting/fogging. Only attendees with tickets will be allowed to watch in the gymnasium – again, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and limit the mixing of various ‘Non-Household’ individuals.

Ken Poirot said, “Today is the opportunity to build the tomorrow you want” and we all should embrace this mentality. Let us consider what we’ve been through and strive to find the positive – then use that ‘positive’ to improve our lives. We will get through this and I truly believe we will be better for it. Be safe and stay vigilant. Remember, Every Day is a Great Day to be a MILAN WILDCAT! Let’s roll!