Saturday, January 11, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Update: Capek chosen for Concordia Honor Band

Braden Capek was selected, through a video audition, to participate in the Concordia Musical Arts Day honor band. The honor band was directed by Andrew Schultz.  Braden rehearsed on the Concordia campus on November 8 and performed in an evening concert.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Update: Art News

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

We’ve learned to recycle clay in the art room so with all the extra clay laying around we have taken advantage of making a lot of hand built and wheel thrown pottery. Fifth graders are doing a simple study of ancient Greek Amphora’s and how they were used and then they take their hand at building coil bowls of their own. Second graders make fish sculptures out of clay and work on creating textures in their clay that look a little fishy. First graders make pinch pots and experiment with the different colors of glaze. We haven’t yet gotten to the 3rd grade castles and 4th grade platters, but the high school art students have built slab pottery and a few even worked on the pottery wheel, some of them with great success! Some of the high school students are learning about loading and unloading the kiln and how often you have to check and adjust the temperature of the kiln. In our fast paced world with so much instant gratification, this is one art activity that teaches and encourages patience as after building your piece, you then wait 1-2 weeks for it to slowly and surely dry completely before doing a bisque firing, then you get to see if your piece survived the kiln. After that you can add the glaze and then wait for enough pieces to be ready to load the kiln and have it fired again. The pieces will be on display in the school libraries and at the schools music concerts. Please be careful when handling your pottery as some of us have already learned that they are more fragile than we think, and while most broken things are fixable, they will never be quite the same again! A quote by Maya Angelou reminds us to keep practicing our creativity, which I encourage you all to do! “You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.” In other words if we don’t use our creativity the opposite is sure to happen and we will lose it! My student’s come into the art room and it’s like a weight is lifted off their shoulders, it is one place they can think their own thoughts and do their own work, no one paper should be the same, therefore no really right or wrong answer is discovered, just lots of thinking and discovering going on.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Update: English and Journalism

Hello from the Exeter-Milligan 10-12 English and Journalism classroom! 
By Ashley Stutzman, E-M Language Arts Instructor

It has been a busy semester, and I can’t believe the holiday break is almost here. One of the projects that has kept us busy this semester was the creation of the Striv Team here at Exeter-Milligan. As part of the Journalism course, my students do a lot of work with Striv, an online streaming service, and Class Intercom, a program which allows students to create their own content for the school’s social media accounts. One new aspect of this is the Striv Team, which was created at the beginning of the school year. The Striv Team consists of juniors Blake Meyer and Sean Gibson, sophomore Christopher Kelch, and eighth-grader Trenton Vossler. These students share responsibilities in live streaming school activities for all of our viewers to enjoy. In addition, it gives these students the opportunity to learn more about broadcasting and other related fields firsthand. It has been great to watch these students work together in making sure that they are providing a good experience for the viewers. Striv is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to watch school events and activities throughout the school year, even if they are unable to attend in person. I look forward to seeing this organization and its work grow in the future. 

Thanks for reading about our classroom happenings, and I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the semester! 

A group of Exeter-Milligan students attended the Fall Striv Conference in Lincoln earlier this semester. Students reflected on current projects and gathered new ideas in regards to content for the school’s various social media platforms. Pictured are front (L-R): Ty Underwood, Trenton Vossler, Blake Meyer, Morgan White and Jozie Kanode. Back (L-R): Christopher Kelch, Sean Gibson, Ryan Sharp, Jasmine Turrubiates, and Olivea Swanson.

Blake Meyer and Trenton Vossler, two members of the Striv Team, work together to live stream a home basketball game. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Update: Math Musings

Math Musings by Jackson Krejci
Exeter-Milligan 7th grade Math Instructor

Mr. Krejci's 7th grade Math students began their 4th chapter of the year by introducing prime numbers. Prime numbers include any number that has two factors, 1 and itself. The goal for students by the end of the quarter is to have the prime numbers 1-100 memorized. The students created prime number cards and labeled them with highlighters. One color is highlighted as the prime number, the other is highlighted as the composite (a number that has three or more factors).  The students working on their prime number cards from left to right in rows include: Kierra Papik, Lily Jeffries, Liberty Johnson, Joleen Vossler, Michael Bartu, Emma Meyer, Carter Milton, Jayden Capek, and Aidan Vavra. 

The photo of the prime number card belongs to Liberty Johnson.