Saturday, December 16, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Girls Douse High Plains Storm

 Leading at half time 37-12 the Exeter-Milligan girls dominated the High Plains Storm at home on Friday night.  Final from Exeter was 70-31.

Exeter-Milligan Dominates High Plains

 The Timberwolves completely dominated High Plains Friday night at home in Exeter.  The Timberwolves led the entire game and finished 65-39.

Exeter-Milligan Update: Art Department

Art News at Exeter-Milligan
By Lisa Kanode, K-12 Art Instructor

The​ ​semester​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​an ​ ​end​ ​as​ ​is​ ​2017​ ​and​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​say​ ​it​ ​has​ ​been ​ ​an​ ​exceptional one​ ​for​ ​Exeter-Milligan’s​ ​art​ ​department.​ ​​ ​The ​ ​second​ ​year​ ​in​ ​the​ ​new​ ​addition​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Exeter​ ​site so​ ​we ​ ​have​ ​settled​ ​in​ ​with​ ​supplies​ ​tucked​ ​away​ ​and​ ​labeled​ ​so ​ ​they​ ​are​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​and​ ​use. Two​ ​sinks​ ​has​ ​provided ​ ​us​ ​with​ ​quick,​ ​efficient​ ​clean​ ​up​ ​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​use​ ​up​ ​ every​ ​minute​ ​of​ ​the class​ ​time​ ​we​ ​have​ ​available​ ​and​ ​with ​ ​the​ ​large​ ​windows​ ​providing​ ​natural​ ​light​ ​we​ ​not​ ​only​ ​have a​ ​better​ ​environment​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​also​ ​shown​ ​our ​ ​school​ ​spirit​ ​with​ ​some​ ​window painting​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​seen ​ ​from​ ​the​ ​street. 

With​ ​Art​ ​I-IV​ ​now​ ​offered​ ​at ​ ​the​ ​high​ ​school​ ​level​ ​we​ ​have​ ​22​ ​students​ ​sharing​ ​their​ ​talents ​ ​with me​ ​as​ ​they​ ​explore​ ​different​ ​mediums​ ​and​ ​techniques.​ ​​ ​From​ ​creating​ ​realistic​ ​park​ ​drawings and​ ​taking​ ​photographs​ ​of ​ ​our​ ​beautiful​ ​world​ ​to​ ​abstract​ ​painting​ ​and​ ​glass​ ​mosaics, ​ ​the​ ​kids have​ ​been​ ​introduced​ ​to​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​ creativity​ ​challenges.​ ​​ ​Their​ ​work​ ​is​ ​always being​ ​displayed ​ ​in​ ​the​ ​display​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​our​ ​school​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​in​ ​the ​ ​high​ ​school​ ​library.​ ​​ ​It​ ​seems as​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​a​ ​new​ ​display ​ ​goes​ ​up,​ ​they​ ​are​ ​getting​ ​positive​ ​feedback​ ​on​ ​their​ ​work.​ ​​ ​I​ ​can’t express​ ​how​ ​impressed​ ​I​ ​am​ ​with​ ​this​ ​group​ ​of​ ​artists.​ ​​ ​For​ ​the​ ​most​ ​part​ ​they​ ​work​ ​hard,​ ​listen well,​ ​willing ​ ​to​ ​try​ ​again​ ​if​ ​they​ ​first​ ​do​ ​not​ ​see​ ​the​ ​results​ ​they ​ ​want,​ ​and​ ​they​ ​follow​ ​through​ ​with their​ ​ideas.  

In​ ​February​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the ​ ​artwork​ ​will​ ​be​ ​submitted​ ​into​ ​the​ ​GFWC​ ​local​ ​art​ ​contest.​ ​​ ​In​ ​the​ ​past we​ ​have​ ​had​ ​many​ ​pieces​ ​go​ ​on​ ​to​ ​Districts ​ ​and​ ​State​ ​from​ ​this​ ​contest​ ​and​ ​the​ ​recognition​ ​for our ​ ​students​ ​has​ ​been​ ​very​ ​positive​ ​and​ ​encouraging​ ​for​ ​our​ ​students. 

K-6th​ ​graders​ ​have​ ​art​ ​one​ ​day ​ ​a​ ​week​ ​for​ ​40-45​ ​minutes​ ​and​ ​they​ ​have​ ​really​ ​been​ ​working hard​ ​as​ ​my​ ​expectations​ ​with​ ​them​ ​are​ ​always​ ​high.​ ​​ ​I​ ​ will​ ​extend​ ​a​ ​project​ ​a​ ​few​ ​weeks​ ​if​ ​that​ ​is what​ ​it ​ ​takes​ ​to​ ​give​ ​everyone​ ​time​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​their​ ​work.​ ​​ ​Sometimes​ ​students​ ​that​ ​miss​ ​a​ ​day of​ ​art​ ​or​ ​if​ ​they​ ​take ​ ​more​ ​time​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​their​ ​work​ ​will​ ​still​ ​finish​ ​before ​ ​moving​ ​on​ ​the​ ​next project.​ ​​ ​You​ ​will​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​see​ ​a ​ ​display​ ​of​ ​their​ ​work​ ​if​ ​you​ ​attend​ ​the​ ​K-6​ ​Winter​ ​Concert​ ​in Exeter​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​on​ ​December​ ​14.​ ​​ ​I​ ​am​ ​very​ ​ proud​ ​of​ ​their​ ​efforts​ ​and​ ​know​ ​they​ ​are​ ​proud​ ​of their ​ ​work​ ​too

Picture: November artist of the month is a shared recognition for both Alexis Uldrich and Kaitlyn Vavra.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Jr High Basketball Splits against Meridian

 The Exeter-Milligan Junior High girls team just had five members eligible to play against Meridian on Wednesday afternoon.  They tied up the game with just seconds left but a last minute bucket by the Lady Mustangs put the final at 26-28 in favor of Meridian.

 The Exeter-Milligan Junior High boys cleaned up and took a win at home over Meridian. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Performs at District One Act

 Exeter-Milligan One Act Performed their play at Districts in Johnson, Neb. on Wednesday, November 29th.

Above - The farmer (Clint Oldehoeft) and James Smiley (Katie Moody) discuss a possible bet they might make in the Exeter-Milligan One Act District performance of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Below - James Smiley (Katie Moody), the teacher (Cammie Harrison), and farmer (Jaiden Papik) discuss a frog jumping contest with Smiley's frog (Sean Gibson).  The group placed 7th at districts.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Exeter Village Board Holds Election

After reviewing minutes and bills the Exeter Village board held their annual elections with Chairman Alan Michl reelected along with Vice Chairman Tim Wilbeck.  Both members emphasized that their names would not be on the next election ballot.

JEO representative  Andrew Wilshusen was present to review the upcoming street and downtown project.  He will be the primary contact from the engineering firm for the construction phase.

He announced that the warm fall allowed many of the construction companies to complete their current projects opening up their schedules for the spring.  According to Wilshusen, “You guys are first on my list come spring.”

Discussion was held on the Exeter neon sign which is currently not working at all. The board briefly discussed the past repairs and Wilbeck noted, “When we get this done we really need to encapsulate it.”

Michl planned to visit with Bob Mueller who has handled scheduling the repairs on the sign in the past.

Board member Kathy Erdkamp broached the subject of a substitute for the library.  “I don’t have any problem with her (Librarian Jessica Votipka) being gone. My recommendation is that we need to tell the library board they need to hire someone.”

Michl agreed with Erdkamp and added, “My recommendation would be instead of having Thursday off, be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  I just think we need to have someone here.”

Clerk Becky Erdkamp explained that a library board member can substitute for the librarian as long as they fill out the correct paperwork.

In the absence of Village Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller, Michl presented the maintenance report.  He noted that JEO had completed their lagoon study and would be at the meeting in January to present their findings.  Michl explained, “We have to be proactive (about the lagoon requirements) but we don’t want to do anything until we have to.”

Board member Mitchell Schlegelmilch questioned the financial aspect of building a lagoon, “The village of Exeter wants to be 100 percent compliant, but what if we can’t afford it?”

“What would happen is our sewer rates would probably be double what they are now,” Michl noted after reminding the board that all sewer improvements must be paid through funds raised from sewer rates.

Clerk Erdkamp informed the board that the annual audit would be on December 11.  She noted that Dale Erdkamp had finished the paperwork for the lot he wants to sell the village.  The sales tax for September was $8684.42 and Keno for October was $1946.89.

The board set the January meeting for Wednesday, January 3 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Update: UNICEF Kid Power Program

Exeter-Milligan Elementary Students Embrace the UNICEF Kid Power Program
By Lisa Soukup, Media Specialist and Wellness Committee Chair

UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on Missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save.

The UNICEF Kid Power Program is a Kids Helping Kids initiative designed for school-age children. The program promotes physical activity and global awareness with real-life impact: saving the lives of severely malnourished children.

To date, more than 189,000 UNICEF Kid Power Team Members have unlocked over five million packets of life saving therapeutic food for children around the world.

When children participate in UNICEF Kid Power, their everyday activity can help nourish a severely malnourished child. They become empowered when they realize their steps add up and count toward saving the life of a child in need.

Additionally, active students are better learners. An independent evaluation of UNICEF Kid Power in Sacramento schools found that kids participating in the program were 55% more active than their peers not participating. Students who engage with Kid Power have also been shown to achieve recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) 44% more days than their peers.

Only 1 in 4 American kids is getting enough physical activity, while almost 1 in 4 globally is malnourished. UNICEF Kid Power uniquely tackles both of these challenges by empowering kids to be part of the solution: by getting more active they can help end global malnutrition.

Malnutrition is attributable to nearly half of all deaths of children under the age of five globally. Nearly 17 million children worldwide suffer from the most life-threatening form of malnutrition, severe acute malnutrition.

Each elementary K-5 has received a fitness band to wear during the school day. (Sixth grades participated last year and if they bring their bands back, they may get involved as well.) They are moving to help end global malnutrition and save lives, one step at a time. Miss Lincoln and Mrs. L. Soukup are working together to run the program at both locations. Each week every class is setting a goal for how many steps or Power Points they want to reach. Their bands will sync each week to see how the class has done.

2,400 steps = 1 Power Point
10 Power Point or 24,000 steps = 1 therapeutic food packet

Please encourage your child, grandchild, and neighbor to move when they can. It saves lives!

Pictured is the 4th grade modeling the step counters they received as part of the Carol White PE Grant.
Seated on floor: Ronald Babula, Selah Petersen, Carver Kanode, and Jonah Geiger
Seated on chairs or kneeling: Alivia Luzum, Kiley Oldehoeft, Kaydence Haase, Avery Nichols, and Brett Kallhoff
Standing: Tucker Svec, Trevin Ronne, Logan Krupicka, Alexis Saatmann, and Jase Luzum