McMillan December Newsletter

"Monarchs You Know!"

McMillan Families,

Please take a moment to read through these important announcements from McMillan Magnet Center.

The Mission of McMillan Magnet Center is to academically challenge students and to promote student ownership of learning in a safe, diverse, and respectful environment.

The Vision of McMillan Magnet Center is to:

· Collaborate with school, family, and community-based partners.

· Provide an innovative, project-based, cross-curricular school setting.

· Integrate components of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math through Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

Please look for a Monthly Newsletter from McMillan Magnet Center on the 1st Monday of each Month. Other weekly emails may be sent out when important events or information arises that is not included in the newsletter. If there are questions, please contact the school at 531-299-2440. Thank you.

Mr. Dillon

Assistant Principal

AQUESTT Reclassifies McMillan to a School in Good Standing.

Below are some of the highlights that lifted our school from “Needs Improvement” to “Good,” after our EBA evidence was submitted and reviewed.

Areas of Strength

ASSESS 2S (Score = 3.83): Teachers utilize a balanced assessment system that includes formative, interim, and summative assessments to inform instruction, monitor progress, and evaluate student learning for all content areas and grade levels.

ASSESS 4S (Score = 3.83): Written standards-driven grading policies are shared with students and parents.

CCCR 2S (Score = 3.83): The school integrates the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards into all content areas.

CCCR 3S (Score = 3.83): The school provides students with the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, actions, and dispositions that citizens in a republic need to fulfill obligatory civic rights and responsibilities.

EDOP 1S (Score = 3.86): The school offers students before school or after school opportunities for expanded learning.

EDOP 3S (Score = 3.86): The school's continuous improvement process includes strategies to support the learning of all students.

EDOP 4S (Score = 3.86): The school aligns educational opportunities to the needs of all students.

Quiz Bowl on a Roll

Congratulations to all three of the McMillan Quiz Bowl teams who competed this weekend at the Bryan Quiz Bowl Tournament! Sofia Acosta, Ella Holtzclaw, Ricky Brock and Maxim Boulovi had their second 3rd place finish of the season and were so close to the 2nd place spot! Danielle Minard, Audra Morrison and Lily Kolb were also a team as was Peter Jensen, Jay Anthony, Leo Preheim and Andre Toney. An amazing tournament! McMillan goes on the road next to Davis Middle school the 6th of December.

Girls Swimming City Finals

Congratulations on a wonderful season and making it to the City Finals. Team members where, Cybrianna Peioples, Naomi Long, Danielle Minard, Amani Sturdemeier, Audra Morrison, Melissa Bateman, Sonja Swanson, Keeyma Smith, Alexix Carbonell-Smith, Kaylee Burnside, Breah Bond, Kavayah Long, La’Nie Green, Achelem Mensah, Sofia Acosta and Nevaeh Kern-Calloway. A special shout out goes out to Naomi Long who placed 2 in the 50 yard butterfly and 100 yard freestyle. Alexis Carbonell Smith placed 5th in the 100 yard and 50 yard freestyle and Kaylee Burnside who placed 4th in the 100 yard backstroke. Go Monarchs!

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Congratulations to the winning team at the Shark Tank, and they will showcase their product at the Showcase event December 4, from 4:30-6:00pm

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Upcoming Events & Meetings

Boy's Basketball Schedule

Tuesday, December 3 - McMillan vs. Buffett @ Buffet

Thursday, December 5 - McMillan vs Norris @ Norris

Friday, December 6 - McMillan vs Hale @ Hale

Tuesday, December 10 - McMillan vs. Monroe @ McMillan

Thursday, December 12-17 - Tournament (TBA)

PTO Meeting Tuesday, December 3rd @ 6:30pm

McMillan Magnet Middle School PTO
PTO Meeting Agenda | December 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:30pm | McMillan Middle School Library

1. Introductions

2. Rebecca Chambers-Kable, new Magnet Coordinator

a. PTO selling concession sales at the McMillan VEX Tournament on January 18th?

b. Communication and ideas for school paybac partners. Feedback from PTO wanted!

3. Registering your student for High School! (If we can get the speaker... fingers crossed!)

4. Exec Team Reports

a. Principal’s Report

i. Result of communication with Toba regarding alternate use of Marquee Sign funds?

1. Are funds in OPSF account? Or have they been transferred to McMillanPTO account?

b. Treasurer’s Report

c. President’s Report

i. Approve November Meeting Minutes

ii. Who is getting the OPSF donation notifications? We need to firm up the protocol / flow chart of who needs them.

5. Committee Chairs

a. Direct Giving -- Julie Keifer

i. Before you go, can you confirm that all documents are in the McMillanPTO Google Drive? And can you write up a document with what you tried, what worked, and what you’d recommend going forward?

b. Membership -- Rachel Kolb

i. Have you received the e-mails / spreadsheet of OPSF donations for Membership Roster?

c. Concessions -- Raquel Ahlvers

i. December 4th Concessions at Title 1 Night? Yea or nea?

d. Special Projects -- Michelle Kehr

i. Were Gift Cards for Teacher of the Quarter received?

6. Active Events and Projects

a. Online Calendar -- up and running through December! Yay!

b. Communication from coaches for club / sports cancellations

c. Status of Amazon Smile -- Mrs. Arbuckle

d. Teacher Holiday Gifts -- has the amount needed been confirmed?

e. Family Night -- has the date been pinned down? Who and how to publicize?

7. Future Events and Projects

a. Project Lead the Way Night -- date?

b. Open House -- is this a thing?

c. Welcome Back Breakfast -- January 21

d. Teacher Conference Luncheon -- February 27

Next Meeting -- Tuesday, January 14!

Literacy Showcase Night

Bring the entire family along for McMillan's Diversity in Literacy Night on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm. Students K-12 must attend with a parent/guardian, and we are raffling off some pretty cool prizes for people who attend. Everyone who attends will get two free raffle tickets, and our students may purchase more with their Lion’s Loot.
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McMillan's Winter Concert

Don't miss McMillan's Winter Concert at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 10.

High School Open House Presentations

On Tuesday, December 10th, all OPS High Schools will be sending recruiters to McMillan from 12:15 - 1:35.

Study Up For Finals

Wednesday, December 18 – B4 Final last block

Thursday, December 19 – All A Day Finals

Friday, December 20 – B1, B2 & B3 Finals

*Subject to change pending snow days*

High School Selection Open House / SELECCIÓN DE PREPARATORIA 2020-2021

The Student Assignment Plan allows eighth grade students an opportunity to attend any OPS High School beginning with their 9th grade year, providing space is available. Students are guaranteed placement at their home attendance area high school if this school is selected in January.


Please note that students may be eligible to receive transportation to some, not all high schools. Students who change school placement after the selection process has been completed may not be eligible to receive transportation.

OPEN HOUSE: Before making your selection, we suggest attending the Open Houses held at the high schools. The schedule is:

Benson High 5120 Maple St. Jan. 21, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bryan High 4700 Giles Road Jan. 09, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Burke High 12200 Burke Blvd. Jan. 14, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Central High 124 North 20th St. Jan. 11, 2020 2:00-4:00 p.m.

North High 4410 North 36th St. Jan. 12, 2020 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Northwest High 8204 Crown Pt. Ave. Jan. 23, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

South High 4519 South 24th St. Jan. 14, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

SCHOOL SELECTION: Every 8th grade student will receive a selection form from his/her middle school in early January 2020. Every student must return his/her selection form to their middle school by January 29, 2020. Students will register for high school classes at their current middle schools in March.

Please call the Student Placement Office at 531-299-0302 if you have questions.

La Plan de Asignación Estudiantil permite a los estudiantes de 8vo grado asistir a cualquiera de las preparatorias de OPS a partir del 9no grado, siempre cuando haya espacio disponible. Se les garantiza a los estudiantes cupo en la escuela preparatoria de su área de domicilio si esta escuela fue seleccionada en enero.


Por favor tenga en cuenta que los estudiantes pueden ser elegibles para recibir transporte para algunas, pero no todas las preparatorias. Los estudiantes que cambien de escuela despues de que el proceso de selección se haya completado, pueden no ser elegibles para recibir el transporte.

CASA ABIERTA: Antes de hacer su selección, le sugerimos que asista a la “Open Houses” de las preparatorias. El horario es:

Benson High 5120 Maple St. 21 de enero, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bryan High 4700 Giles Road 09 de enero, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Burke High 12200 Burke Blvd. 14 de enero, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Central High 124 North 20th St. 11 de enero, 2020 2:00-4:00 p.m.

North High 4410 North 36th St. 12 de enero, 2020 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Northwest High 8204 Crown Pt. Ave. 23 de enero, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

South High 4519 South 24th St. 14 de enero, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

SELECCIÓN DE ESCUELA: A finales de enero del 2020, todo estudiante de 8avo grado recibirá un formulario de selección, en su secundaria. Cada estudiante deberá de regresar el formulario de selección a su escuela secundaria antes del 29 de enero del 2020. En marzo, los estudiantes se inscribirán a las clases de preparatoria en su actual escuela.

Si tiene alguna pregunta relacionada al Plan de Asignación Estudiantil del Proceso de Selección, por favor llame a la oficina de Asignación Estudiantil al 531-299-0302.