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Saturday, November 15, 2014
Exeter-Milligan is excited to be involved in the Carol M. White PEP Grant funded by the U.S Department of Education. Through this grant E-M will have the opportunity to improve physical activity opportunities and learning, and increase the promotion of healthy food choices. E-M students are being challenged to learn new ways to approach physical education classes and add physical activity to their regular schedule.
In Mrs. Darcy White’s Physical Education classes, students have been using activities from the new SPARK Physical Education program. The SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) program is research-based and strives to improve the health of children and promote lifelong wellness. SPARK research has shown that students who participate in at least three 30-minute SPARK PE classes each week do as well or better than others on standardized academic test scores.
In this photo, sophomore students are participating in the PACER event. PACER is an assessment that measures aerobic capacity. It is progressive in nature and helps students of all ages learn how to “pace” themselves while performing aerobic activities.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The smile on her face explained exactly what this once in a lifetime event meant to Jordyn Brandt.
Brandt, a senior at Exeter-Milligan, applied this spring to be a part of the All-National Band and not only was she accepted but she also earned the first chair nod in her Flute II group. “You have to be a member of the all-state band in order to apply for this group, as an underclassmen you fill out an application and send in the same audition tape you did for the all-state band,” explained Brandt.
The event is sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and this year it was held in Nashville, TN at the Grand Ole Opry. Students are chosen for four performance groups: Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and Mixed Choir. The students must participate in the same group they were chosen for the All-State Band.
Brandt, a member of the Exeter-Milligan band, was chosen for the Concert Band. She has been playing the flute since fifth grade and also plays the piccolo. Brandt has also taken ten years of piano lessons and 12 years of dance lessons.
Accompanied by her parents, Brandt arrived in Nashville on Sunday, Oct 26 where they had some free time to do some sightseeing. “We went to the Parthenon in Nashville. I really enjoyed the full size replica of the Athena statue and they had a very nice art collection.”
Brandt also enjoyed all of the scenery at the Opryland Convention Center where they stayed. “The hotel had a beautiful place in the middle. It was a glass dome filled with a lot of tropical plants and waterfalls. There was a fountain choreographed with music and an indoor boat ride.”
Once the program began, the students all stayed together and Brandt had a roommate from Wyoming. Rehearsals started Sunday night under the direction of Mark Camphouse, a professor of music at George Mason University. “We rehearsed a lot of the time but we also got to enjoy two different concerts. On Sunday night we heard the Boston Brass and Tuesday we got to hear the U.S. Army band.”
Prior to the event, participants received the music so that they could have it ready to perform. One of the pieces that the students performed was composed by Camphouse and included solos for some of the first chair performers, including Brandt. The piece, “’The Shining City’ had a narrator who was Tennessee State Senator Mark Norris and was about Ronald Reagan’s speeches.”
They also performed a piece by a young composer who had entered a contest to have their piece performed by the All-National Band. The final piece they performed was a part of a Tchaikovsky ballet.
The 150 members of the All-National Band performed mid-morning on Wednesday along with the other three performance groups, “This whole experience was amazing. I really enjoyed performing with the top high school musicians in the country. It was such a huge honor to be on the stage of the famous Grand Ole Opry and I count it as one of the happiest moments of my life.”
“This experience really appealed to me. I plan to major in music performance in college and double minor in studio art and art history. The conductor (Camphouse) taught us so much about being musical in general. He also taught us a lot about conducting and talked to us about composing music. He also encouraged us to figure out what we want to do with music after we graduate and go to college. I would really recommend this experience to people that are excited about music and care about it.”
She also noted that she appreciated the financial support from the Exeter-Milligan Boosters.
Brandt was the lone student from Nebraska in the Honor Band. There was one student from Nebraska in the Jazz Band and six in the choir. “I talked to a lot of people, and I believe I went to the smallest school and had the smallest class out of all the participants. At least half of the students went to private schools or specialty music schools,” explained Brandt.
Exeter-Milligan Band Director Angie Murphy has seen the benefits of the experience for Brandt, “Jordyn has grown musically through her experiences in several honor bands under multiple directors. The All-National Band was a very positive experience for her future as a performance major.”
Brandt will be taking the stage again soon as she has been asked to fill in as a substitute flutist for the Hastings Symphony's Christmas Concert. The show will be on December 7, at 4:00, at the Masonic Center Auditorium, in Hastings.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Ayla Kahler, Jayden Capek, Melissa Capek, Joleen Vossler
Kierra Papik, Melanie Papik, Carter Milton and Emma Meyers
Carri Vavra, Paul Sheffield, Liberty Johnson, Mikey Bartu, Aidan Vavra (back to camera)
2nd Grade Book Club at Exeter-Milligan by Marla Weber
With the popularity of book clubs for adults, it's no wonder that children are excited about book clubs, too. Each month, second graders at Exeter-Milligan Public Schools meet for book club. The first monthly book club sessions were led by the teacher, Mrs. Marla Weber; modeling the type of questions to encourage participation. October marked a new change for the second grade book club. The class was divided into three groups and a moderator was appointed for each group. The moderators met ahead of time to discuss questions to ask their group. Moderators also invited one of their parents to attend. Students, and parents in attendance, came prepared for book club by reading the book at home. This month’s book was a historical fiction, Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express. The students were impressed with Kate’s bravery in this story. Book club was held during lunch. Students and their parents met in the classroom to eat and informally discuss their favorite parts of the story. Mr. Sheffield, superintendent of Exeter-Milligan, also participated in this month’s book club. Following discussion, a brief YouTube video was shown; re-enacting part of this story. The class decided to continue the new format of student-led discussions. Next month, new moderators will be appointed
Capekgroup – Ayla Kahler, Jayden Capek, Melissa Capek, Joleen Vossler
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jensen holds off the main Flyers threat, #4.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Pictured are Judy Kassik’s Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten students working hard at naming a shape piece using three attributes (shape, color and size) during math class.
From top of circle right: Truman Milton, Cohen Harre, Brooklyn Oldehoeft, Adrien Mueller, Cheyenne Krupicka, Natalie Meyer, Sydney Engert, Kaylie Schlueter, RJ Clevenger, and Logan Johnson.