Dear MC-NC Parents and Residents: August 2017
The 2017-18 school year begins in just a few short weeks. The year kicks off with our annual Open House on Thursday, August 17th beginning at 6:30 P.M. Orientation for the kindergarten will begin at 6:30 P.M. in the high school gymnasium followed by the 6th grade orientation at 7:00 P.M. Teachers will report on the 17th as well and the students’ first day back will be Tuesday, August 22.
Bookbills for K-8 can be paid in the new school office from Tuesday, August 15th and Wednesday, August 16th at the following times each day: 8am - 11:30am, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Bookbills may also be paid during Open House on Thursday, August 17th from 6:30 - 8pm in the cafetorium. There will not be anyone available in the office to pay bookbills from 8am - 6:30pm on the 17th due to staff and office meetings.
You will see some visible changes both inside and outside our buildings this year. Thanks to some hard work and preparation from several people these proposed changes have become a reality:
HB 264 Energy Project: The HB 264 Project was completed in November 2016. All-new LED lighting in both buildings and a new condensing boiler were installed over the course of four months last year. I am pleased to report that the early returns on this energy and cost saving measure are positive. From fiscal year 2016 to 2017 the district realized a 12% reduction in electricity costs and a 26% reduction in heating costs. In dollars and cents that amounted to nearly $20,000 in savings for FY2017. We will continue to track these results moving forward.
New Trophy Case/Plaques: A new high school trophy case adorns the main hallway area just outside the central office. A great deal of thanks goes to Jay Rump at Blanchard Woodshop for his work in completing this case. Surrounding the case are several honorary plaques that highlight the academic achievements of our past graduates. The updated plaques were completed by the folks at Ottawa Ordnance. I would also like to thank the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 who donated funds to assist in the completion of the trophy case. Nearby to these two additions and on display are the Miller City High School graduating class panels.
Concession/Bathroom Building: The construction of a new concession and bathroom facility that will service three diamonds on the athletic complex is set to begin this month. Technicon Design Group helped greatly to get this project off the ground and we are eager to see this building in its finished state. This building will greatly improve the amenities for those attending girls softball games in the spring and all the summer baseball and softball kids' games in the summertime.
Chromebooks: The school purchased 55 new Chromebooks during the 2016-17 school year to complement the 85 Chromebooks that were already available to students. Chromebooks are personal laptop computers and the purchase of these additional machines allowed students and staff more daily classroom access at the K-8 grade levels. These tools for learning are being utilized for daily research, classroom assessments, Accelerated Reader testing, and other academic pursuits.
- Desktop PCs: In our Engineering lab, 24 new desktop computers will allow our Engineering students better processing speed to complete their design work. This lab is utilized throughout the day by students in courses such as 7th Grade 21st Century Learning, 8th Grade Automation & Robotics, and all four of our high school Project Lead the Way Engineering classes.
The 2017-18 school year will mark the sixth year of our 1:1 iPad implementation in the ninth grade. Ninth grade students and their parents will also be a part of an orientation session this month before school begins. Two dates have been set for these informational meetings, Tuesday, August 15th at 7pm, and Wednesday , August 16th at 7pm. This year’s iPads will have cases with keyboards allowing students improved service for typing needs. We will be utilizing digital textbooks in all of our core area classrooms. The following is a list of high school courses with digital texts in place for 2017-18:
- Environmental Science
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- Basic Algebra 2
- Introduction to Engineering (new)
- American History
- World History
- Spanish 1
- Spanish 2
- Spanish 3
- English 1
- English 2
- English 3
- English 4
Our College Credit Plus offerings in the high school continue to flourish. The Class of 2017 accumulated an average of 37 college semester hours per graduate and this year’s graduating class should have a comparable number. The following high school courses at Miller City offer college semester hour credits:
- Advanced Math - 4 hours
- Anatomy & Physiology - 8
- Biology (new) - 3
- Biomedical Innovations - 2
- College Prep Math - 4
- Economics - 3
- English 3 - 3
- English 4 - 3
- Government - 3
- Introduction to Engineering (new) - 3
- Medical Interventions - 2
- Speech - 3
- Psychology- 3
Bus routes and drivers are ready to go for the 2017-18 school year with no changes of note regarding drivers. I will be having a meeting with the route drivers the afternoon Tuesday, August 8th. All parents will be notified as soon as possible after this meeting of any route changes. The route drivers are as follows:
- Bus 4 Jean Forster
- Bus 5 Pauline Averesch
- Bus 6 Pat Ehlers
- Bus 7 Paula Weis
- Bus 8 Shelly Kruse
- Bus 9 Janet Niese
Linked with the newsletter are the following:
- 2016-17 Financial Report
- 2017-18 School Calendar
- 2016-17 Testing Results
- Project MORE Volunteer Request Form
- K-8 Supply Lists & Open House Information
- Book Bill Information
- 2017-18 Athletic Pass Options
- Lunch Room Charging Policy
As you read through this information, just give the school a call if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing all of you this upcoming school year.
Thanks for all your help,
Kerry D. Johnson, Superintendent
In the future our District Newsletter will no longer be mailed and will be made available on our school website which you can access at mcncschools.org. If you are unable to access our newsletter online and would like to continue to receive a hard copy through the mail, please call our office at 419-876-3172.