Millard continues to strive to be a world-class school district and that means you expect to see many top performers. I want to take a minute and celebrate with you a number of outstanding results we are seeing this fall.
State of Nebraska Advanced Placement Scholars: Two students from Millard Public Schools recently were named AP Scholars for their outstanding performance on the 2015 College Board’s Advanced Placement Exams. The awards are presented annually to one male student and one female student from each state and the District of Columbia. Zachary Warneke of Millard South High School and Thwisha Sabloak of Millard West High School were the state’s best performers and among students nationwide to receive this recognition.
State of Nebraska Teacher of the Year and Milken National Award Winner: Two Millard staff members were recently recognized for outstanding performances in the classroom. Millard West teacher Tim Royers was named Nebraska Teacher of the Year, and Beadle Middle School Teacher Courtney Matulka was named as a Milken teacher. The Milken award has been compared to the ‘Oscar’ for educators. Both Mr. Royers and Ms. Matulka are deserving winners, and both have stated publicly that they are proud to represent Millard teachers. They know that their successes are a result of great professional collaboration and development. We are very proud of both of them.
Activities and Athletics: We are not only seeing outstanding performances in the classroom, we are also seeing top performances in our activity and athletic programs. You don’t have to look far to find students performing at the highest level.
- Millard West Junior Seth Hirsch won the gold medal at the State Cross Country Meet while leading his team to a State Championship.
- Millard South Junior Taylor Somers continued her pursuit of excellence by winning the gold medal at the State Cross Country Meet.
- Millard West Girls’ Cross Country Team finished as the state’s runners-up.
- Millard North Juniors Ben Faulk and Grant Hubbard overcame their number two seed and won the Number 2 Doubles Title at the State Tennis Tournament.
Each day I watch, listen and learn about the great efforts our staff and students are putting forth. There is no way that I could recognize all of the individualized excellence that our students and staff pursue, but the above are specific and concrete examples of how Millard is developing and producing top results. This is a direct result of great students and staff as well as strong partnerships between the school and community. The school year is young, and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the school year has to bring.
I hope that you will take the time to share our successes and as you see great things happen with our students and staff that you let me know. We continue to strive towards our loftiest goal – becoming a world-class school district.
We are #proud2bMPS!
Jim Sutfin, Superintendent