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Saturday, December 16, 2017
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
Thursday, December 14, 2017
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
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 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