Update on Millard Public Schools

Dear Millard School Community,

This is your superintendent, Jim Sutfin, and I want to wish you Happy Holidays. We are fortunate to have a community that supports the school district and schools that work hard to help students every day.  Below are some key highlights.

Grading Our Schools: In a recent Gallup Survey, 94 percent of our parents graded our schools with an A or B.  Thank you for the positive support you provide our school district.  Engaged parents, students and staff make all of the difference.  If you would like to view our Annual Report, please click here.

ROTC: We learned that the Air Force will place an ROTC program at Millard South High School next year. We are excited to offer this program as we meet our strategic plan of developing career and college ready students. If your family is interested, there will be a meeting at Millard South High School on Tuesday, January 12th at 6 p.m. Students who participate in the program will study aerospace science, develop leadership skills and serve as community ambassadors. The program is for any 9th through 12th grade student, and having a desire to be in the military is not a prerequisite.  This is an incredible opportunity for our students and one that we are very proud to offer.

Disney Core Knowledge: We are in the next steps of expanding our Core Knowledge program to include Disney Elementary. Core Knowledge is currently at Cather Elementary, and requests to enter the program consistently outnumber available seats. If you are interested in Core Knowledge for your family, join us for an informational meeting at Disney Elementary, 5717 South 112th Street, on Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m.

District Activities and Athletics: Millard had a great fall and has started off the winter season with great determination and success. Our highest achieving students participate in activities and athletics. We offer many club, music and athletic opportunities. I hope that all of our students are seeking to find the ones that match their talents. If you have questions about our co-curricular program, please contact your school administrator. We want our students to be involved in school outside of the classroom.

Advanced Placement: Millard was one of two school districts in the state (425 nationally) that was placed on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll. In order to qualify for this award, a school district must grow enrollment and improve results. There are more than 21,000 public high schools in the United States. This is a result of a tremendous effort of our students and teachers.

Project Wee Care: A special thank you to the Millard Business Community Foundation, and the hundreds of students, families and staff members who helped make Project Wee Care a success. In total, 770 Millard students were provided with fresh food and gifts for the holiday. Thank you for making a difference!

Laptop Step-Ahead Expansion: In the fall we began piloting one-to-one laptops in our Early College Program, Health Science Academy and Avenue Scholars program. We are expanding the step-ahead next semester in each of our high schools. We are looking to deploy one-to-one laptops for specific classes. The plan is to look at a full one-to-one environment in our high schools in January of 2017. We are looking to provide a great learning tool for our students that will enhance personalized learning and collaboration.

MPS Foundation: Other than parents, the Millard Public Schools Foundation is our Number 1 partner. They are committed to helping us with technology purchases, pay for AP Exams, assist with dual enrollment tuition and provide significant resources for extended learning opportunities for our students. If you want to learn more about the Foundation, link to them from www.mpsomaha.org.

In closing, thank you for sharing your children with us. In return, we continuously work to improve teaching and learning for all of our students. We are #Proud2bMPS!

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