Here's What's Happening at Milan Elementary School!

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January Students of the Month are Fair

The Milan Elementary Student of the Month theme for January was “Fairness” and highlighted students who have a good sense of justice and equality for all, treat others fairly in class and at play, and are willing to stand up for others who might not be treated fairly.

The following students were identified as having this very desirable character trait:

Kindergarten: Deegan Gregg, Tianna Bushorn, Zander Burkett, Jillianne Herd.

First Grade: Kolbie Combs, Liam Johnson, Brooklyn Bledsoe.

Second Grade: Macey Hanson, Wyatt Phelps, Asia Snelling, Hannah Bohley.

Third Grade: Michael Moffitt, John McKeown, Gabbie Williamson, Gabe Rigdon.

Fourth Grade: Ayden Potts, Dylan Thomas, Hailey Wessler, Jacob Helton.

Fifth Grade: Nariah Mathews, Alana Audas, Luke Blackburn.



February 10 promises to be a fun-filled day as the fabulously funny Harlem Wizards visit Milan. They will visit each school for a few minutes during the day in preparation for the big game that evening in the Milan High School gym. Doors will open at 5:30 so you'll have time to find a good seat, check out the souvenir stand, and get some refreshments to enjoy during the game that starts at 6:30 p.m.

What makes this event so special? Some say it’s the oohs and aahs created by the thunderous, sky-high slams. For others it’s the humor and seeing the teachers being good sports and having fun on the court with the Wizards whose members are some of the best ball handlers and most exciting slam-dunkers in the world. They will match their hoop skills, fancy passing, and sky-high slams against our home team, the Milan All Stars, coached by Glenn Butte of the Milan 54 Team and featuring School Administrators: Paul Ketcham, Ryan Langferman, Pat Murphy, Jane Rogers, and John Prifogle; Coaches: Rob Page, Josh Blankinship, Drew Young, Daniel Fix, Ethan Voss, Tony Clark and David Arkenburg; and School Staff Members: Brenda Schwering, Cinda Ahlrich, Kris Bushhorn, Heather Carr, Danielle Lammering, Michelle McKittrick, Tara Obermeyer, Spencer Purdy, Melissa Sanders, Zach Wade, and Casey Gilmour in addition to Ripley County Superior Court Judge Jeff Sharp. Referees for the evening will be Brian Voss and Randy Combs. The “game” is accompanied by hilarious comedy routines and a magical display of tricks and everyone gets a chance to join in the fun during the many opportunities for audience participation.

This event is hosted by The Moving MES Forward Education Foundation and proceeds will benefit Milan Elementary School students and activities.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10.00 (student) and $12.00 (adult) but, you can save money by purchasing them in advance at Milan Elementary School until noon on game day or online at

See you there!


Peacemakers Host "Friendly F.U.N Day" at Milan Elementary!

The fourth grade Peacemakers with the help of their sponsor, School Counselor Mrs. Schwering, organized a special day in January during our school's Fairness month. "Fairness" is one of the Character Counts pillars that our school's good character-building program focuses on.

The fourth graders brainstormed to design and plan a "Friendly F.U.N Day" to share their message about being Fair, being an "Upstander," and being Nice. They created Peaceful Playground Rules to remind students how to be fair and nice to others during recess. The students also made posters to hang in the hallways, decorated the cafeteria and gave each student a "Be A Buddy, Not a Bully" pencil. They shared their message about being fair, standing up for others, and being nice to everyone with all of our students by creating and presenting a Google slideshow during a "Lunch and Learn" on Friday, January 29. It was a special day at M.E.S!

Thank you Peacemakers and Mrs. Schwering for organizing this F.U.N. day for our school!

Please note that you can follow Mrs. Schwering on Twitter to see more photos and learn more about other students activities she sponsors. You will find her @Schweringschool


MES 2015-16 Yearbooks on Sale Now!

The Milan Elementary 2015-2016 YEARBOOK is now on sale! For only $15.00, you get a book that has your child’s photo on the cover and is jam-packed with color photos including lots of student activities!

Hurry!!!! Order deadline is February 19.



« As Valentine’s Day approaches, please keep in mind that MES will not accept deliveries of balloons to school due to safety concerns as stated in the Student Handbook.

« Please continue to monitor your child’s lunch account by visiting the school webpage and clicking on the “EZ Pay” logo in the upper right corner to enter the meal payment program where you can find your child’s account balance.

« If your child is late to school in the morning, please come into the office and sign them in. Our computerized sign-in system is self-service and takes only moments to operate.

« Please label coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, backpacks, lunchboxes, swim bags, swimsuits, etc. whenever possible so they can be promptly returned to the owner.

« With the cold and flu season upon us we’d like to ask your help in keeping your child at home if they have a fever of 100° or higher until they are fever free, without medication for 24 hours. Also, your child should stay home if he/she has vomited in the past 24 hours. Thank you for your help in keeping our school healthy!

« If your child is absent, please be sure to notify the school before 9:00 a.m. by either emailing the teacher or calling the school office at 812-654-2922.

« If there is a threat of severe weather, please do not call the school. As soon as the Superintendent makes a decision regarding school closing, he will notify you via the automated calling system. School office staff will not have that information until the announcement is made. We appreciate your patience.


Trucker Buddies Visit MES!

Second grade students combine letter writing practice with a study of geography as they follow their "trucker buddy" on his travels across the U.S. Each second grade class is paired with a driver for Hill-Rom, based in Batesville, Indiana. This company ships their product to cities all over the country. As they travel to new states and cities, the drivers send postcards to the class telling them about their travels and interesting sites they have seen. The students check his location on the map and write back telling the driver about what they've been doing or asking questions about his travels. A couple of times a year, the buddy stops by the class to meet the boys and girls in person and gives them a chance to see his truck and ask questions about it and about his job.


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February 10: Harlem Wizards vs. Milan All Stars, doors open at 5:30 p.m., game starts at 6:30 p.m., Milan High School.

February 11: Mid-Term Grade Reports are sent home.

February 12: School IS IN SESSION as a snow make-up day.

February 15: Presidents’ Day. School IS IN SESSION as a snow make-up day.

February 19: Lil’ Caesar’s Pizza Fundraiser begins.

February 29: ISTEP+ State testing period begins.

March 4: Spring Picture Day.

March 8: Quarter 3 ends. Lil’ Caesar’s Pizza Fundraiser ends.

March 9: IREAD testing for third grade students.