Saturday, October 1, 2011

Exeter Milligan Holds Annual Outdoor Ed Day

The second graders are blindfolded by their teacher Mrs. Weber around the "senses" table.

Junior Alicia Bigelow, left, helps second grader Becca Krupicka make a pinecone birdfeeder at the Exeter-Milligan Outdoor Ed Day.
It's become a tradition at Exeter-Milligan for the high school students in Lorie Sliefert's Biology II class to spend a day teaching all about nature to their counterparts in the Exeter-Milligan second.
Outdoor Ed Day began when Marla Weber, Exeter-Milligan second grade teacher, had the idea for the program as a college student.
Each year Weber shares idea packets with Sliefert's class of juniors and they choose a subject from the ideas offered they would like to teach to the second graders. The packet guides the juniors to create hands-on fun activities that are easy for the juniors to teach and interest everyone. One of the favorites for the juniors in this year's event was a senses station where students listened, tasted, touched and smelled different objects. 
Some of the other stations, all taught and directed by the twelve high school students, included hug a tree, making pinecone birdfeeders, learning about the wind, and playing some ecological games.
Second grader Wesley Ronne liked the new GPS scavenger hunt the best, "My favorite game was geocaching.  We had to walk to make the GPS work."
This was a scavenger hunt that required the second graders to use coordinates on the GPS to find items the high school students had hidden in Gilbert's Park. With the day of the event being unseasonably cool and cloudy Sliefert wasn't sure if the active games were more popular because everyone warmed up when they were moving around or if the kids just enjoyed those activities more.
The students all enjoyed playing Bat and Moth which simulates how bat's find their prey and how moth's have to be quiet to not be eaten. With all of the activities the students even created lots of items to bring home with them including a rainstick, a plaster cast of animal prints, a timeline of the events in their short lives written like tree rings, the journal they kept all day and a weathervane.  The items are dual purpose according to Weber, "The students make it for fun and then are able to take the items home to their parents. Telling about the items reinforces the lesson and also helps the students explain to their parents what they did." 
Both teachers emphasized the opportunity that this event holds for the high school students, "It's really a win-win for both of the classes," said Weber, "the elementary students have role models and learn that they have to listen to the high school students and at the same to it's an opportunity for the high school students to interact and demonstrate what they know."
Sliefert noted that "It boosts the older students self-esteem, they can feel positive about themselves knowing that they can pass on their knowledge to the younger students."

Friday, September 30, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Soccer Teams Play Last Game of the Season

Exeter-Milligan Timberwolf second and third grade soccer team is pictured with their coaches.  In the front row from the left are Cameran Jansky, Jaiden Papik, Emma Olsen, Briana Capek, Alivia Hartmann, Becca Krupicka.  The back row from the left are Coach Kendra Jansky, Jackson Beethe, Casey Underwood, Ben Bartu, Alec Schlueter, Braden Capek, Kohl Svec and Coach Melanie Schlueter.

Exeter-Milligan Timberwolf fourth, fifth and sixth grade soccer team is pictured with their coaches.  In the front row from the left are Caleb Horne, Kayla Geiger, Anna Sluka, Caitlin Murphy, Cayden Hartmann, Jacy Schlueter.  In the back row from the left is Coach Brian Murphy, Josie Kresak, Kate Jansky, Joey Bartu, Peytan Brandt, Patrick Murphy and Coach Brady Bristol. Not pictured are Ty Underwood and Hannah Horne.

Exeter-Milligan elementary students will play their last soccer games of the season Saturday morning in Geneva.  The fourth, fifth and sixth grade team will play at 9 a.m. The second and third grade team will play at 10:30 and the Pre-K, K and first grade team will play at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Homecoming 2011

 Exeter-Milligan Seniors Rode to the pep rally on the fire truck and walked in together.

The Exeter-Milligan Junior High girls got into the spirit of "Spirit Day".  Front row from the left are Kaitlyn Clift, Joan Strate, Lucy Murphy and Sam Horne.  Back row are Ella Wilkins (left) and Sydney Hall (right).

Exeter-Milligan students enjoyed a week of "Kicking It Old School" for their 2011 Homecoming celebration.
Each day was a different dress-up theme with Pajama Day starting off on Monday.  On Tuesday, each class, along with the faculty was assigned a different decated starting with the 40's.  Wednesday each class was assigned a different color to wear and Thursday was Sports Throw Back Day that sported plented of Milligan Rooster purple and Exeter Eagle outfit's. 
Everyone got into the theme of Friday's Spirit Day and family and friends attended the pep rally held at the Exeter site football field.  The Cheerleaders had games for the senior girls and boys to play and then the faculty led a cheer. The Exeter-Milligan band played and several of the seniors spoke to the crowd.  The Cheerleaders performed a dance routine to pump up the crowd before school dismissed.
After the Timberwolves defeated the Meridian Mustangs 60-8 behind the strong defense of Nate Bigelow, Nolan White and Kyle Jensen.  The Timberwolves scored 30 points during the first quarter with James Sluka scoring two touchdowns, Robbie Androyna, Nolan White and Derek Luzum each scoring one apiece.  Sluka scored another touchdown bringing the score to 52-0 before the Mustangs placed 8 on the board. The final score was a 48 yard run by Jensen.
After the game the Homecoming court was crowned.  Attendants from the freshman class were Madison Horne and Kyle Jensen.  Sophomore class attendants were Brooke Manning and Garrett Pribyl with Taylor Erdkamp and Jacob Kroll representing the junior class.   Becca Vossler and Blake Mark were crowned Duke and Duchess, with Lana Kennedy and Jalen Maxson named Prince and Princess. Claire White and Nate Bigelow were crowned the Exeter-Milligan 2011 Homecoming King and Queen.  They were presented gifts from the student body by Quinten Loontjer before pictures and heading to the dance.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: First Grade News

Exeter-Milligan 1st grade news by Sharon Lott

First Grade students have been learning about the Pledge of Allegiance. They are learning what the big words mean. They watched a video given to us from the Legion. They will be explaining the meaning of the pledge at our Grandparents Day program on October 21.

Pictured is the first grade (L-R): Olivea Swanson, Brianna Wiederspan, Cecelia Murphy, Chase Vnoucek, Gabe Jindra, Morgan White, Cade Kresak (holding the flag) and Marcus Krupicka.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Pre-Calculus

Mary Kay Pribyl's Pre-Calculus students at Exeter-Milligan are covering a unit on analyzing graphs.  We have studying many features of the different families of graphs including critical points, end behavior, and intervals in which a graph is increasing or decreasing.  Quinten Loontjer is pictured showing the vertical and horizontal asymptotes and graphing a rational function.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Junior High Football

Front Row:  (left to right) Kyle Jindra, Trevor Luzum, Kirby Soukup, Elliot Erdkamp, Evan Harre.

Back Row:  Head Coach Brian Murphy, Brayden Olsen, Sean Maxson, Sam Zeleny, Jack Dinneen, Cameron White, Spencer Papik, Johnathon Mounce, Assistant Coach Jordan Marr.

Exeter-Milligan Junior High Football by Brian Murphy

To open the season, the Exeter-Milligan junior high football team hosted East Butler on September 13.  On the opening drive, E-M drove down the field on a five-minute drive.  The drive ended with Sam Zeleny hitting Sean Maxson on a 17 yard pass for a touchdown.  Maxson added the two point conversion.  E-M held an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.  East Butler added a touchdown in the second quarter, while holding E-M scoreless.  Both defenses remained tough in the third quarter, with neither allowing a point.  With the score 16-20, East Butler converted a crucial fourth down pass, that was tipped by two E-M defenders, with just over two and half minutes remaining in the game.  Zeleny ran for touchdowns of 8 and 20 yards in the fourth quarter.  Jack Dinneen added a two point conversion.  The only turnover by East Butler was a fumble recovered by Cameron White.  The final score was Exeter-Milligan 22, East Butler 28.

On September 19, Exeter-Milligan hosted Friend in another close game.  Exeter-Milligan was down by just two points, 12-14 at the half.  Jack Dinneen scored for E-M in the first quarter on a 44 yard end around run.  In the second quarter, Sean Maxson had a 4 yard touchdown run.  E-M scored once more late in the game on a 15 yard run by Elliot Erdkamp.  The two point conversion  pass from Sam Zeleny to Brayden Olsen completed the E-M scoring.  Defensively, Dinneen recovered a fumble for E-M.  The final score was Exeter-Milligan 20, Friend 36.