Milan Middle School Times

By Potts' Peeps

Newspaper Editors for this Month of January

This month, the students completely took over! We had a team of editors that gathered all the articles and pictures, completed the editing, set the format and published this month's edition of our Middle School Newsletter! (even coordinated their outfits for the picture :) )

Way to go Karley Bushhorn, Mary Kate Ketcham, and Riley Clark! Nice work girls!

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Battle of the Bands By: Charlie Jackson and Adam Volz

The battle of the bands is a big competition to see which band can collect the most canned goods. The bands that were competing were Batesville and Milan. Last year Milan won by 1,286 cans. All of the cans went to the food pantry. This year, Milan won with 909 canned goods brought in!
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Christmas Concert By: Karley Bushhorn, Mary Kate Ketcham, and Riley Clark

The Christmas concert, performed by the middle school, and high school, was on December 8, 2015. The 6th grade band performed the following songs: “Christmas Island”, “Toyland”, “Santa’s Angry Elves”, and “I Jingle”. The 7th grade band performed a song, “White Christmas”, with 3 more songs. All the bands did an incredible job. Mrs. Bedel deserves a lot of credit because she helps us out and makes us the best performers we can be. Thanks Mrs. Bedel!

Super Bowl-College By: Cole Knecht, Max Hartman, and Caiden Yorn

January 15, 1967 was the first super bowl .

February 7, 2016 is the date of this year's super bowl 50.

AFL founder and Kansas City Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt ,jokingly referred to the proposed game as the Super Bowl, after watching a group of kids play with a toy called a "Super Ball." The name was consistent with college "bowl" games, and became the permanent football championship moniker.

On January 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) smash the American Football League (AFL)'s Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, in the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship, later known as Super Bowl I, at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
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SOUPer Bowl By: Isabel Kroner and Gabby Rowan

The student council members will be having a “SOUP"er Bowl. The “SOUP"er Bowl is a food drive that the student council members host. The food drive will start January 18th. The food drive will continue for 3 weeks. The first period class that brings in the most cans, will receive a pizza party! The pizza party will be held during a regular school lunch. There will be announcements, and papers sent home to make parents aware about the food drive.

SADD Drug Facts Week By: Trey Mattl and Bailey Herrick

SADD Drug Facts Week

Here at Milan Middle School on the week of January 21st we will be holding Drug Facts Week.Here is some of the drugs that are around Ripley County.


Heroin is a highly addictive drug that comes from the opium poppy plant.

It has a lot of nicknames such as Smack, H, and Mud. Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste. Street heroin comes in granule, powder, solution or pill forms and varies in color from white to dark brown. Color variations occur due to additives or impurities left from the manufacturing process.Euphoric surge or 'rush'. Dry mouth. Begin to nod in and out / arms and legs will feel heavy and rubbery. Diminished mental capacity / "cloudy" mental function / dulled emotions. Slower breathing rate - can reach a point of respiratory failure. The effects of heroin last three to four hours, slowed and slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night vision, vomiting, constipation, hallucinations, and a dream like reality about life.


Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant. It appears as a white powder that can be smoked, snorted, or injected. The user feels a euphoric high that can last from a few minutes to a few hours.During this high people may experience, Insomnia, increased energy and heart rate, and increased anxiety. Cocaine is made from the leaves of the coca plant, native to South America. It has nicknames such as coke, cola, lines, yayo, blow, snow, smack, bump.


Marijuana, “Cannabis Sativa”, is a fast-growing annual plant of the Cannabaceae family whose flowers produce the psychoactive chemical THC. In recent years, there has been debate amongst the medical and research community regarding the utility of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Currently, 12 states have medical marijuana laws, but Indiana has no law permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.


Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant drug that is similar in structure to amphetamine. Due to its high potential for abuse, methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug and is available only through a prescription that cannot be refilled. Although methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor, its medical uses are limited, and the doses that are prescribed are much lower than those typically abused. Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic superlabs, although it can also be made in small, illegal laboratories, where its production endangers the people in the labs, neighbors, and the environment.
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MMS Basketball By: Brody Lack, Landon Morgan, and Caleb Prozanski

7 Grade Basketball team

There are 13 players on the 7th grade team. These players are Chandler Reatherford, Colten Reatherford, Joshua Clark, Carsyn Ascherman, Bo Wade, Ethan Schwipps, Brock Ormsby, Peyton Wert, Adam Norman, Graden Taylor, Jacob Wullenweber, and Corey Hughes. They have a score of 8 wins and 3 losses. Their strategies are man to man defence, motion tactics, and they use a fast pace to go down the court and then they score. They also use their speed to defend the other team. Their next game is on Thursday vs Jac-Cen-Del.

New Year's Resolutions By: Lydia Clark and Skyler Winchester

What is your New Year’s Resolution? A New Year’s Resolution is a thing or a list of things that people create on New Year’s Day. They try to follow their list, in hopes that they become a better person. These mostly exist in the western hemisphere, but can exist in the eastern hemisphere as well. Even if you don’t try to follow resolutions, you can still enjoy the holidays in a nice and fun manner.

New Years is slowly nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us many people are indulging in retrospection and reevaluating some of their life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed, to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter started. When you are celebrating New Years, you can shoot fireworks in the air. Just like the 4th of July! We hope that you enjoy this holiday because who doesn’t like watching fireworks and eating holiday cookies? Actually, don’t answer that question, but some people make their own fireworks. This could be a fun thing to do when you are waiting for the fireworks to start. I don’t know how to make any from my brain, but maybe you could look it up on the internet and try it yourself!

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2015 MMS Highlights By: Dakota Bradley, Ashton Lukens, and Deric Porter

2015 MMS Highlights

There were a lot of great moments at MMS so far this school year. One of the good times was the spell bowl team winning one of the matches. Another was the Halloween dance. Red Ribbon Week was a great week for Milan Middle School. There were all kinds of prizes to win, and you could wear different colors each day. MMS was awarded by the state that we are a 4 star school. The choir has had two concerts so far this year. The MMS band have a food drive contest versus Batesville Middle School. We were seeing who could collect the most cans for their local food drive.The S.A.D.D club held the great smoke out to help people quit smoking.

Teacher Feature By: Melissa Frankenberry, Bayley Johnson, and Jessica Money

Mrs. Briggs has been at this school for a while now, she is a very important teacher to this school. Mrs. Briggs is a very important part of every sixth graders education. We have asked Mrs.Briggs to answer some questions.

  1. How long has Mrs. Briggs been teaching? Answer :She has been teaching for 31 and a half years now.

  2. Have she always been a sixth grade teacher? Answer: No, she has not always been a sixth grade teacher, she has also taught fifth grade.

  3. What was Mrs.Briggs most embarrassing moment? Answer: Mrs.Briggs’s most embarrassing moment was when she was teaching a lesson on pronouns, she says never to put he,she, or it close to each other!

  4. What was college did Mrs.Briggs attended? Answer: Ball State University.

  5. Did she always want to be a teacher? Answer No, she did not always want to be a teacher. She wanted to be a nurse, but the wait for the class was too long, so she picked the shortest class. She says that it was the best mistake she ever made.

  6. Who is Mrs. Brigg’s family? Her family is doing very well! She has a husband named Greg, and two sons, their names are Tyler and Trey.

  7. Who was her favorite teacher in school? Mrs. Briggs’s favorite teacher was Mrs. Carol Berry, her sixth grade math teacher!

  8. What was her favorite subject in school?Her favorite subject is actually not math, her favorite subject is history.

We Love You Mrs. Briggs!

New Years Facts-Ball Drop By: Ashton Myers, Josiah Combs, Jordan PIgmon

4,000 years ago, New Years was celebrated on December 31st. It was celebrated around the spring equinox. The earliest known New Year was 2,000 B.C. The early Romans used March 1st as New Year’s day. Other cultures used the autumn equinox or the winter solstice to mark the new year. The Gregorian calendar, which marks January 1 as the new year, is from the Roman Catholic Church. There are many preparations for New Year’s. Cooking, decorating, etc, there is just so much to do!

New Years is a tradition many people celebrate. Every New Year's Eve on December 31st the big glass ball drops in New York at Time Square. Chinese people celebrate in different ways. They celebrate on February 8th, and the celebrate different than us. They use dragons and other Chinese things to celebrate the new year.

New Year’s traditions are used all around the world by different people. In many countries, New Year’s celebrations begin on the evening of December 31 -New Year’s Eve- and continue into the early hours of January 1. Revelers often enjoy meals and snacks thought to bestow good luck for the coming year.

Each New Year's Eve 1 million people come to watch the ball drop. 1 billion people watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve. There are 2,000 pounds of confetti is dropped on the crowd. There are 2,688 crystals on the ball. They are lit by 32,000 LED lights.

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XPOGO Sticking By: Gabby Rowan

On Dec. 9, 2015 three professional pogo stickers came to MMS. They put on a huge, awesome show! There was Tony Staubs who had a cool new trick for us! Also there was Dmitry Arsenyev who broke a record for the highest jump on a pogo stick! And then there was Aubrey Hutchinson who was the announcer because he had a leg injury and was unable to pogo stick.

They all weren't just here to pogo stick. They were here also to tell us to follow our passion. We asked them all different questions. It was really fun!

The link for their site is down below. If you want to get helmets, gear, and even your own pogo stick they were using in the show, go to their website.