Saturday, April 23, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Student Chosen as Boy's State Representative

The American Legion Post 218 is pleased to announce that Evan True of Exeter will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys' State, June 5 - 11, 2016, at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln downtown campus.  The annual citizenship program, sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion, is designed to provide youths a better understanding of how city, county, and state governments operate.

American Legion Cornhusker Boys' State is set up as a functional "51st state" and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job.  Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program.  They will set up their own state government and draft bills.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: Jump Rope for Heart

PE Notes, by Darcy White E-M PE Instructor

Exeter-Milligan students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart event on February 25.  The twenty students helped raise over $2,000 to help fund the AHA’s program to battle heart disease.  Brett Kallhoff, shown here with his prizes, was the top fundraiser for the event.

Group picture below:
Front row:  Ensley Stahl, Scout Grummons, Braxton Saatmann.  Middle row:  Addison Foutch, Deacon Erdkamp, Kaylie Schlueter, Cohen Harre, Will Kallhoff, Levi Jurgensen.  Back row:  Kiley Oldehoeft, Ronnie Babula, Avery Nichols, Brett Kallhoff, Alexis Saatmann, Jonah Geiger and Kaydence Haase.  Not pictured:  Cheyenne Krupicka, Clayton Pribyl, Logan Johnson and Truman Milton.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Library Story Hour Planned

Exeter Public Library will host a story hour on Tuesday, April 26th at 4 p.m. for ages 5 - 7.  They will be reading a story, doing a craft and having a snack.  Call the Library at 402-266-3031 for more information.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: Special Ed

Special Education Update
by Anita Mueller, E-M SPED Instructor

 The Exeter-Milligan 6th, 7th, and 8th graders went to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney on March 14th when the Sportsmanship Rally that they were to attend at UNK was cancelled.  The next day I had some of the 7th graders write about their trip to practice their writing and to show writing across the curriculum (part of our school improvement goals.) They wrote their paragraph on a Google Document and shared it with me.  They did some editing/revising and created a final copy.

This week we are starting NeSA testing for grades 7, 8, and 11 in Math.  In the next few weeks we will also be doing Reading and Science. There are 2 math tests, 3 reading tests, and 2 science tests (for grades 8 and 11.). Students who are identified as needing special education services may be pulled out to receive accommodations when taking their NeSA tests. These may include reading the questions and possible answers, calculator use, distraction free environment, frequent breaks, and clarify or repeat directions.  During the reading test, only the questions and possible answers may be read, not the passages themselves.  The students may also read the passages orally to us.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Exeter-Milligan holds Junior Senior Prom

All of the Exeter-Milligan prom attendees paused for a group photo.
Spencer Papik and his date Sidney Steyer.  Below Bailey Steuben shows her cowboy boots to announcer Linda Underwood.  Eric Olsen is her date.
Senior Sam Zeleny opens the door for his date, Janey Due.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Updtae: E-M Chemistry is Going Organic!

E-M Chemistry is Going Organic!
By Matt Nicholas, Exeter-Milligan Science Instructor

As the year starts to wind down, the students of EMHS are eager to get outside and play. They are excited to compete in many spring outdoor activities including golf, track, and trap. If you are like me, just thinking about getting outside makes your brain swirl with the memories of flowers, fresh cut grass, and gunpowder. We can barely remember these smells after the long winter, but with spring upon us the smells return. Also, if you are like me you know that the warm weather brings some smells we would rather live without. A nice warm breeze passing over a feed lot, a musty pond full of decomposing plant material, or a skunk that wandered too close to the road to name a few. What do all of these smells have in common? 

Many of the aforementioned smells are the result of organic molecules called esters. Esters are one of the many classes of organic compounds that we are studying in this unit. We are also studying alcohols, ketones, and hydrocarbons. Many of these simple organic molecules are ever-present in our daily lives. Ethanol is an alcohol that contains 2 atoms of carbon. We have been naming, drawing, and building similar substances for several weeks now. Ella, Trystan, and Katie are shown analyzing butane, a hydrocarbon commonly found in everyday lighters. When a simple hydrocarbon has a certain group of atoms called a hydroxyl group added to it, it becomes an alcohol. So, the butane that the students are viewing would become a butanol.

These simple hydrocarbons pale in comparison to the size and range of use that large polymers, chains of thousands of carbons, have. These include any type of plastic you can think of and most synthetic fibers. Rayon, polyester, PVC, and Kevlar are some of the better-known examples. Learning about these and other modern materials and processes will better prepare our students for the tech jobs of the future as well as hands-on jobs. If you have ever wondered what makes a grill work or why most clothes aren't made of cotton, just ask your local E-M organic chemist.