Friday, April 23, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Girls Finish Second at EM Invite

Exeter-Milligan girls racked up the points finishing in second at their own invite on Wednesday in McCool Junction.

Maddie Luzum - 100M -4th place, 300M hurdles - 4th place

Cameran Jansky - 800M - 1st place

Savana Krupicka - 800M - 2nd place, triple jump 4th place

Jaiden Papik - 1600M -1st place, 300M hurdles - 2nd place

Jasmine Turrubiates - 3200M 2nd place

Jozie Kanode - 100M hurdles - 2nd place, pole vault - 1st place

Malorie Staskal - 100M hurdles - 3rd place

4 x 200 relay - 2nd place

4 x 400 relay - 2nd place



Exeter-Milligan Boys take third at the EM Invite


 Exeter-Milligan boys placed in third at their own invite on a brisk "three season" day in McCool on Wednesday.  Snow flurries and sleet challenged the athletes and their supporters.
Casey Jindra - 100M 1st place, 3rd place 200M, 2nd place long jump
Tyler Due - 4th place 110M Hurdles, 3rd place 300M hurdles
Jackson Beethe - 1st place 300M Hurdles, 1st place high jump
4 x 100 - 4th place Draven Payne, Jackson Beethe, Daysan Staskal, Casey Jindra
4 x 400 - 3rd place Clint Oldehoeft, Daysan Staskal, Braden Capek, Draven Payne
4 x 800 - 3rd place Clint Oldehoeft, Troy Kallhoff, Ben Bartu, Cade Kresak

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Medicare Presentation in Exeter April 28


Throwback Thursday: April 22, 2011




Art Classes at Exeter-Milligan recently learned about Chinese Opera masks.  They learned about the different colors used and how they stand for different meanings and studied the shapes used and how the designs were symmetrical. Then they created their own mask using a paper Mache construction.  Next they created their own opera mask design using some shapes from examples.  Then they painted their design on their mask.


Students in Grades K-2 at Exeter-Milligan have been participating in the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Testing Program.  The Fitness Program includes five events that measure
muscular strength/endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility.  They have also been practicing hitting a ball off of a tee and playing "tee" ball.  They will wrap up the school year with soccer, softball (tee ball), and other "outdoor" activities that will get them prepared for Elementary Field Day, which is scheduled for May 13.

Sophomores are involved in a badminton unit. They chose partners and have been involved in quite a competitive "round robin" tournament.  Megan Zwickl and Robbie Androyna are the current leaders of the competition.  They will wrap up the school year with softball, pickle ball, and the President's Challenge Fitness Tests.


The historic tag factory in downtown Exeter has recently received some maintenance attention.

Owners, Seth and Robin Jones, of San Diego, spent a week in Exeter recently making major repairs to the roof and structure of the building and giving the visible front a mini facelift. They purchased the building about three years ago, sight unseen.

This winter the building had a roof cave in that damaged all four floors of the building.  The Jones’, along with Seth parents, Howard and Kathy Jones of Oregon, spent a week hauling trash out of the building starting in the basement.


Mrs. Audry Betka-Mager's Reading Mastery group at Exeter-Milligan enjoys learning to read! After learning the new words and reviewing some previously learned words, the children read their story
for the day. It usually begins with an information passage which shares some important facts that relate to the story. Then the students read the story, do some reading with a partner, and answer some comprehension questions in their textbook and workbook. Every five lessons, the students do a
checkout to check their reading speed and accuracy. After completing 10 lessons, they do a mastery test.  Students in the group are  Cameran Jansky, Braden Capek, Briana Capek, Alivia Hartman, and Emma Olsen.


A crane removed the 35 year old dryer at the Exeter branch of the Farmer's Cooperative and replaced it with a new one at a cost of $800,000.  In the last year the Farmer's Cooperative has invested over $3 million in facilities at the Exeter Branch including the new storage tube. 


The Spanish I Class of 2010-11 at Exeter-Milligan has learned mucho (lots) of things this year. We have had fun while learning it too. In the first semester we learned about articles of clothing
in a fun way by having a fashion show where we described each other's clothes in Spanish. We've learned colors, numbers, common greetings and how to tell the location of a place. Most recently we've learned how to make traditional Pamiente bracelets (name of the bracelets in Guatemala) by tying a series of knots with yarn of multiple colors to create a one of a kind bracelet.


The York College Traveling Children’s Theatre made one of its 20 stops at schools and libraries in Exeter on Tuesday morning. The group of 13 students who have volunteer for the activity performed “Alice In Wonderland” adapted from the Lewis Carroll novel by William Glennon with a prologue written by YC drama professor John I. Baker III. One of the unique features of the production is the interaction with the audience. The Exeter-Milligan kindergarten through sixth graders laughed, helped point out the hidden items and asked questions at the end of the play.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Board Meets


Exeter-Milligan School Board met on Wednesday, April 14 in Milligan with over 30 guests present.

After the consensus agenda was approved, the board reviewed two policies, the reduction in force policy and superintendent evaluation.  No changes were made in the current policies.

Under the curricular report, Superintendent Paul Sheffield reviewed how the new schedule would work next year with sixth graders incorporated. Principal Laura Kroll confirmed, “There are minimal changes in the schedule from this year.”

School board president  Adam Erdkamp briefly revisited the joint board meeting with Fillmore Central.  He noted that the board also held a work session on April 7 to discuss the study and “the next steps with them.”

The board is compiling a list of questions they have for the Fillmore Central board and asked for patron input  They discussed their plan to meet with Fillmore Central again in the next month to clear up some questions the board has. The board would give their list of questions to the FC board in advance.

Erdkamp urged patrons to review the feasibility studies with Friend and Fillmore Central which are available on the schools website.  He also noted there is a five page document that summarizes the fiscal impact of the studies.  He noted, “There are obviously a lot more things that need to be talked about besides just the fiscal impact.”

The board approved a teacher contract for Mark Perez Jr. as the new band teacher.  Sheffield noted that he is a Heartland alum who will graduate from UNL soon and comes “very highly recommended by his professors.”

The board discussed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Upon recommendation from their lawyers the board approved discontinuing the FFCRA leave.  Sheffield noted that as a government entity the board was not reimbursed for any leave pertaining to FFCRA.

However, Sheffield did note that the district has provided the sick leave for any employees who were absent because of coronavirus.

After consulting with Public Health Solutions, Sheffield presented the mask policy for upcoming events. He explained that prom is considered an extra-curricular activity.  Public Health Solutions recommends students wear masks but they are not required.  Adults in attendance at extra-curricular activities must wear masks.  This policy is also in effect for graduation, the FFA banquet and the athletic banquet.

Sheffield gave a legislative update noting that LB523 came out of committee which would eliminate building funds in the next eight to ten years.

He also noted that the district plans to replace all of laptops and ipads this fall and will be selling those the school currently has.

Sheffield  reminded the board of the change in the final day of school for the students.  Instead of May 20, Exeter-Milligan will finish the school year on May 14.  “We wanted to reward the students who have done a great job this year. They have done anything and everything we have asked them to do.  We want to reward them for their resiliency. “

The board set the next meeting for  May 11 in Exeter at 8 p.m.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Update: Kindergarteners study weather

Students in Kindergarten created a Severe Weather Kit to keep at school. Students also brought home a container and list of items to make their own kit for home.

Kenleigh Sudrla, Kolsen Kahlandt, and Charlie Vejraska use a paper bag to recreate the sound of thunder.


Amanda Pettygrove's Kindergarten class at Exeter-Milligan has been studying all about weather. Students have explored different kinds of weather, charted out the weather each day this month to see if there is a pattern in our weather, learned what a meteorologist's job is, and talked about how to stay safe during severe weather.