Friday, November 20, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Update: All-State Children's Chorus

This year, approximately 310 students were selected to participate in the All-State Children’s Chorus, which is sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Ms. Judy Welch, Children’s Chorus Coordinator for the Nebraska Music Educators Association, is pleased to announce that Jozie Kanode, an Exeter-Milligan student and daughter of Darth and Lisa Kanode, will be among the 310 students selected to be a part of the 2015 All-State Children’s Chorus. Guest conductor for the group will be Sally Albrecht, a composer, conductor, and clinician from Raleigh, NC. The chorus will rehearse Thursday, November 19th on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2015 NMEA Conference/Clinic. A final public concert will be held Thursday, November 19th, 4:00 p.m. at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Update: Star Spangled Banner Performed

The Exeter-Milligan Music Department has provided vocal performances of the National Anthem at home volleyball games this year.  The kindergarten through sixth grade students sang prior to the September 10 game, the junior high girls sang for the September 29 game, and some senior high girls sang for the October 27 pink-out game.

Above- (left to right) Ashley Benorden, Alexis Uldrich, Katherine Skinner and Haylee Sheffield

Below - (left to right) Cammie Harrison, Georgia Meyer, Caitlin Murphy, Jaiden Papik and Daisy Kanode

Kindergarten through sixth grade - Row 1 (left to right) Deacon Erdkamp, Aiden Mueller, Natalie Meyer, Braxton Saatman, Clayton Pribyl, Cohen Harre, Kaylie Schlueter and Scout Grummons

Row 2 (left to right)  Jase Luzum, Jonah Geiger, Carver Kanode, Emma Meyer, Kierra Papik, Ronnie Babula, Josh Meyer, Alivia Luzum, Kaydense Haase, Tucker Svec, Truman Milton and Brooklyn Oldehoeft

Row 3 (left to right) Sophia Gilliam, Kiley Oldehoeft, Alexis Saatman, Ayla Kahler, Aiden Vavra, Carter Milton, Taylor Pribyl, Jozie Kanode, Katelyn Babula, Cameran Jansky, Briana Capek, Kole Svec and Braden Capek

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Fourth Grade Class

Mrs. Shelli Mueller, the Exeter-Milligan fourth grade teacher, is enjoying this school year with twelve students.  “One of my favorite things about this group is that they love to be read to and I love to read books to them.”
Their typical day starts with reading, spelling and math.  After lunch the students delve into language and then on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s the students rotate between music, art and library. They end the day with science or Nebraska studies and writing. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s the fourth graders have P.E.  
Ipads are integral part of the learning experience in their classroom.  Each student has their own Ipad to use during the school day.
Fourth grade curriculum includes the study of Nebraska and this spring the third and fourth grade class will visit the Stuhr Museum in Lincoln.  “This field trip will be to learn about early transportation. From walking, to wagons, to trains. They will learn all about it as it ties into third grade social studies about communities and fourth grade Nebraska history,” explained Mueller.

Exeter Honors Veterans

 Senior Janey Due welcomes the crowd and asks all veterans present to stand (pictured below)

 Below:  Boy Scout Clint Oldehoeft leads the presentation of the colors with Cub Scouts Logan Krupicka and Ronnie Babula carrying the flags.

 The gym hosted a large crowd listening to the Star Spangled Banner
 Tim Wilbeck spoke on honoring our nation's veteran's.
 The Exeter-Milligan Junior High Choir performed at the program.
 Above the Exeter-Milligan Choir performed under the direction of Mrs. Angie Murphy.  Below:  Alexis Uldrich (left) and Ashley Benorden (right) each sang a short solo at the program.

 Exeter-Milligan Friends of Vocal sang at the program and below Haylee Sheffield closes the program.
The Exeter community honored veteran's on Wednesday, November 11th at the high school gym.

Welcomed by Janey Due, the presentation of the colors and pledge of allegiance was led by local scouts.  Clint Oldehoeft, a Boy Scout in Troop 218, led the flag ceremony with Cub Scouts, Logan Krupicka and Ronnie Babula presenting the colors.

The Exeter-Milligan Jr. Sr. High Band performed the "Star Spangled Banner," "Miss Liberty March" and "America's Finest."  "America's Finest" is a medley of all of the songs of the military branches. Band Director Mrs. Angie Murphy asked the veterans in the audience to stand when the song representing their branch was played.

Mr. Tim Wilbeck, a local veteran, was the guest speaker for the program.  Wilbeck spoke about thanking our veterans properly.  He distinguished the difference between Memorial Day where "we honor those who died" and Veteran's Day where "we celebrate the service" of those who are still living.

Wilbeck referenced the part veterans played in the recent terrorist attack on a train in Eurpoe, "it is not surprising that they were members of the military.  They risk their life and limb every day so we can be free."

Another sacrifice Wilbeck reminded the audience of is the "enormous toll on families.  Sometimes all that is needed is a simple thank you."

One of the heartaches that Wilbeck mentioned was the tragedy that "those who keep our homes safe go without homes.  One of out four veterans is homeless.  This is hardly the thanks of a grateful nation."

Wilbeck noted that many of the members of local fire departments and rescue crews are veterans.  "When an emergency hits there is a good chance a veteran is the first to respond.  Veteran's make our community better."

He closed with the thought, "Our veteran's have made extraordinary accomplishments and we owe them an extraordinary debt."

The Exeter-Milligan junior high choir performed "Our America," before the Exeter-Milligan senior high choir performed the very moving "Bring Him Home."

The Exeter Milligan senior high choir was joined by the Friends of Vocal to perform "Voices That Care."

Haylee Sheffield thanked the audience and closed the program.  The senior high choir performed their pieces at  Fairmont Manor, Heritage Crossings at the Veteran's Day program in Milligan.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Update: Second Grade Writers

Second grade Authors at Exeter-Milligan by Marla Weber, Second Grade teacher.
Second graders at Exeter-Milligan have been learning about writing using skills from 6 Trait Writing and Write Tools. Students have practiced these strategies in each of their assignments in writing class. This month, second graders have been writing stories about what they want to be when they grow up. These stories are being compiled and sent off for publishing. The families of these students have had the opportunity to purchase a hardbound copy entitled, When I Grow Up. The hard-bound copy will include each student’s writing and an illustration. A copy of the book will also be donated to the Exeter-Milligan Elementary library for future authors to check out and read. Once the published books arrive, students will have an author’s tea where they will read their selections. A book signing will follow.

Pictured are:
Front L-R: Kiley Oldehoeft, Selah Petersen, Trevin Ronne, Alexis Saatmann, and Tucker Svec.
Middle Row: Carver Kanode, Logan Krupicka, Alivia Luzum, Jase Luzum, and Avery Nichols,
Back Row: Ronnie Babula, Aiyden Franssen, Jonah Geiger, Kaydence Haase, Katherine Hale and Brett Kallhoff