Millard Public Schools Superintendent @jsutfin – Cheer for Millard Students!

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This week we will be heavy into our fall activities.  Our students are ready to shine!   

No matter the event,  when the final out is made or time expires, we are Millard – a great community that supports our kids. It does not matter if you are a Mustang, Patriot or Wildcat!  It does not matter if a student’s spark and talent is music, athletics, dance, cheer, etc… Millard students have fabulous opportunities, and they excel both in the curricular and co-curricular arena.  

Students who participate in activities and athletics have the highest grade point averages of all our students.  These students learn how to work hard and be part of something bigger than themselves.  Students who participate in our co-curricular program shine brightly across the district, metro, and state.

I hope you will take time to check out all that Millard has to offer.  We have made it very easy for you to find your way around all of the activities.  If you go to the app store for your Smart device, you can download the Millard Public Schools mobile app.

We believe that we have the best fans.  We so strongly believe in your support that we developed the  Millard Public Schools Spectator Code of Conduct so that anybody who attends an event can immediately see the high character and class of our school community.  

As a spectator attending a Millard Public Schools athletic event:

  • I recognize that the goal of this event is to provide young people with the opportunity for healthy competition in the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie.
  • I recognize that I have a role to project a positive and supportive attitude and to show respect toward all of the participants, including the officials, coaches, and student-athletes as well as other spectators and game management staff.
  • I recognize that my words and behavior have a powerful impact on those around me and that I have a role to behave in a mature and dignified manner. I will not say, make, or promote profane comments, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, trash-talking, or taunting of any participant or spectator during the event. I should support and cheer for my team and not cheer against the other team or game officials.
  • I recognize that I should exhibit good character and provide a positive role model for all spectators and participants.
  • I recognize that attendance at an athletic event is a privilege, not a right, and that I am expected to represent my child, my team, my community, and myself with honor.
  • I recognize that for the orderly management of this event, I have a role to follow the directions of school officials and the game management staff.
  • I recognize that if my conduct during an event is not conducive to a positive environment as determined by site administrators and staff for any of the participants, spectators, school officials, or game management staff, I may be asked to leave the event, and I may be barred from attending future events.

I hope that you will join me and thousands of others as we cheer and applaud our students.  We are #Proud2bMPS.

Millard Public School Superintendent @jsutfin – When Opportunity Knocks Open the Door

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The start of the 2015-16 school year is full of opportunity for our young people.  We are blessed to live in a community that values education and I want to share with you some key items.  Please share this blog with others as we are working to reach out to our Millard families.

Early College:  We opened the doors to Early College at Millard South. The program is full, and the students are excited.  UNO donated money so that every student in the Early College Program has a laptop computer. This is one of our pilot groups as we look at what school would be like if we provided every secondary student with a device.  As students in the Early College graduate from MSHS they will also graduate with their Associate of Arts Degree.  The cost savings for college is real as the Millard Public Schools Foundation and Metro Community College and Peter Kiewit Foundation have partnered with us to make college affordable.  Opportunity is knocking and 250 of our students are answering the door! 

Raising the Bar:  Last year we opened AP Human Geography to freshman. We were confident (and a little nervous) about how the students would perform.  After receiving the results of the AP Exam, we now know that our freshmen are more than capable of meeting our high expectations. Nearly 200 freshmen took the AP Human Geography exam and scored an average of better than 3.1. If you are not aware of AP scoring, a 3 is awesome!  The freshman did as well as the sophomores, juniors and seniors! The work the MPS staff is doing PK-12 is making this high level learning and achievement possible.

MPS Mobile App:  Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Hy-Vee, Vintage Financial Group, and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, the MPS Mobile App is free to our community. If you haven’t downloaded the App, you are missing out. Simply type in Millard in the Google or Itunes store to download.  The App is quickly becoming a primary communication tool, and I want you to know about our schools. Whether you have children in the District or not the MPS app will keep you up to date.   

I hope each student in Millard takes the opportunity that is given to them to prepare themselves to be career and college ready.  Thank you for supporting MPS!  #proud2bMPS