Friday, April 21, 2017

Exeter-Milligan TYKE Classroom

The Exeter-Milligan TYKE classroom is a busy place, especially on Tuesday mornings when the students can chose from the many different “centers” to learn in together.
Above-  Saydee Kassik and Willy Locke decided to write on the white board during their center time.
Below: – Clockwise from the right, Kolton Songster, Braxton Harre and Axel Erdkamp are busy building in the TYKE classroom.

Above – Axel Erdkamp has some serious building to do during center time in the TYKE room.
Below – One of the many things the TYKE preschool students are learning about is colors.

Above – TYKE students have a guide to get their day started off just right!
Below – Brooklyn Lawson plays in the very popular sensory table.

Above – Braxton Harre (far left), Tommy Kallhoff (middle) and Archer Kanode (right) get ready to play together.

Above– Gracelyn Becker makes a puppet for the puppet show the students are planning.

Below – The TYKE students had a unit on clothing and wrote a poem to go along with the session.

Above – From the left, Tommy Kallhoff, Lynn Jurgensen, and Landri Johnson get ready for a puppet show in the TYKE classroom.
Below – TYKE students at Exeter-Milligan back row: Teacher Kristi Most, and Para Hannah Marget.  Middle row from the left:  Willy Locke, Saydee Kassik, Gracelyn Becker, Tommy Kallhoff, Landri Johnson, Lynn Jurgensen, Brooklyn Lawson and Axel Erdkamp.  Front row from the left: Anton Classen, Braxton Harre, Archer Kanode, Kolton Songster, Crosby Oldehoeft and Piper Grummons.  Missing from the photo is Archer Engert.

Above – TYKE students have a variety of centers to choose from.  In the back, Para Hannah Marget helps Crosby Oldehoeft (left) and Archer Kanode (right) while Gracelyn Becker continues her own drawing project.
Below – Pictured from the left, Crosby Oldehoeft, Piper Grummons, Landri Johnson and  Brooklyn Lawson watch a puppet show with teacher Kristi Most.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Update: Hoops for Heart

By Darcy White, Exeter-Milligan PE Instructor

On FEBRUARY 28, students at EXETER-MILLIGAN ELEMENTARY in MILLIGAN jumped all over heart disease and stroke by participating in Hoops For Heart. The students raised more than $2,800 for the American Heart Association, which funds research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.

“I’m so pleased with the success of this year’s event,” said Mrs. White, Hoops For Heart coordinator. “We all had a lot of fun, and the kids enjoyed learning about the importance of physical activity and how they can play a role in saving lives.  The kids went above and beyond with their efforts in fundraising.  I am very pleased with how excited the kids were to do this service and how hard the kids worked to raise money and awareness for the AHA!”

Hoops For Heart is a program that promotes physical activity and heart health through playing basketball. It is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and SHAPE America-Society of Health and Physical Educators.

To make a donation or to find out more about Hoops For Heart, call your nearest American Heart Association office or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721). You can also visit us online at

3rd Grade Front L-R: Selah Petersen, Alivia Luzum, Carver Kanode, Jase Luzum, Brett Kallhoff, Ariana Smart
Middle: Jonah Geiger, Tucker Svec, Logan Krupicka, Trevin Ronne, Avery Nichols, Kaydence Haase, and Aiyden Franssen
Back: Ronald Babula, Kiley Oldehoeft, Katherine Hale, Alexis Bendig and Alexis Saatmann

4th Grade
Front – Joleen Vossler, Landen Soice, Emma Meyer, Kierra Papik Jaxon Franssen, Aidan Vavra
Back – Carter Milton, Michael Bartu, Ayla Kahler, Liberty Johnson, Jayden Capek

5th Grade:
Front – Taylor Pribyl, Savannah Horne, Savana Krupicka, Josh Meyer, Andrew Vavra and Draven Payne
Back – Devin Harrison, Trenton Vossler, Troy Kallhoff (top fundraiser), Malorie Staskal, Dravin Birkes and Tyler Due

6th Grade
Front – Daysan Staskal
Midddle – Chase Vnoucek, Marcus Krupicka Olivea Swanson, Cade Kresak, Gabe Jindra
Back: Josie Kanode and Sophia Gilliam

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Exetere-Milligan Pre-Contest/Spring Concert

Above - The Exeter-Milligan Junior High Choir performed “Sweet Caroline” during the Spring Concert on Monday night.
Below – The Exeter-Milligan Junior High girls presented a One Direction number, “Drag Me Down,” during the concert.

Above -The trombone quartet present their concert piece.  They are pictured from the left, Katie Skinner, Clint Oldhoeft, Patrick Murphy and Nick Hayek.

Below – The Exeter Milligan Women’s Ensemble was joined by the junior high choir to perform one piece.

Above- The Exeter Milligan Women’s Ensemble pictured from the left are Ashley Benorden, Caitlin Murphy, Katie Skinner, Haylee Sheffield and Anna Bettu.

Below – The Exeter-Milligan Jazz Band

Above – During the Jazz Band performance Katherine White gave a solo performance.
Below – Focusing on the music are Nick Hayek (front row on the left) and Clint Oldehoeft (front row on the right) with Trever Zelenka (left) and Trystan Brandt (right) behind.

Above – Anna Sluka performs a solo during Jazz Band at the Monday evening concert.
Below – The Exeter-Milligan Junior/Senior High Band perform their contest pieces for the audience.

Above - Exeter-Milligan’s brass quintet gave the audience a preview of their contest number.  Pictured from the left are Trever Zelenka, Mitchell Manning, Joel Klemm, Spencer Pribyl and Caitlin Murphy.

Photos and story by Leesa K. Bartu

The Exeter-Milligan Band and Choir showcased their talents for a local audience on Monday, April 10 at the Exeter site gym.

The junior high choir started the evening off singing “The Journey” and the popular tune, “Sweet Caroline.”  After these two pieces, the junior high girls chose to sing their on their own “Drag Me Down,” made popular by One Direction.

This concert is the Pre-contest/Spring Concert and so the audience was treated to several group performances scattered throughout the evening.  The first of these was a brass quintet performing “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” before the trombone quartet presented “Gavotte and Hornpipe.”

The High School Women’s Ensemble was joined by the junior high choir to perform “Show Me the Way” which was made popular by the rock group Styx.

On their own, the High School Women’s Ensemble did a beautiful job on “Wings” and “The Violet,” before the percussion ensemble performed “Trepak Dance.”

The Jazz Band at Exeter-Milligan doesn’t have the opportunity to practice together much but they still managed to do an excellent job with “Swing’s the Thing” and “Takin’ Care of Business.”  Katherine White and Patrick Murphy both had solos during “Swing’s the Thing,” and Anna Sluka soloed during “Taking Care of Business.”

The Junior-Senior High Band performed a fun piece first, “In the Mood,” and then shared their two contest pieces, “Brighton Beach” and “Incantations.”

The Exeter-Milligan junior-senior high band members will attend District Music contest April 20 and 21 in Sutton.  On Thursday the students will perform their individual and small group pieces and Friday the concert band will perform.

Prior to Monday evenings concert, the students enjoyed a band supper provided by the Exeter-Milligan Arts Boosters and their parents.