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August 2010
Trudy Hoffman, Principal

August 23, 2010

Dear Parents,

There are many wonderful things going on at Midland as we start this new year. I'd like to take this opportunity to share some of them with you!

As teachers and staff, we consider ourselves totally blessed to be able to spend time with your children each and every day.

ACT Scores – We just received a letter from ACT sharing with us the results of our last year seniors. These scores are shown as a comparative to other Kansas High School students. Some things to keep in mind:

  • All of our students take the ACT not just our college bound students.
  • All scores are included in the MAA report including our low end scores.
  English Math Reading Science Composite
Midland 24.5 23.8 24.0 23.3 24.2
State 21.4 21.7 22.3 21.9 22.0
SMSD*         23.1
National         21.9

* Shawnee Mission School District

Did You Know?

  • Staff arrive at school each morning at 7:45 for staff worship and prayer?
  • K-12 staff meeting is the 1st Wednesday, K-8 is the 2nd Wednesday, and 9-12 is the 3d Wednesday of each month

Kansas/Nebraska Conference Scholarship - The Kansas/Nebraska Conference is providing scholarship money for high school students. Midland allocated $1000.00 - $3000.00 to students based on their financial need. With this scholarship we were able to help fund thirteen high school students.

The Conference is also providing $100.00 for each elementary student that is enrolled. We will be receiving $8,200.00. Twenty elementary students received tuition help for this school year based on financial need.

Adopt-a-Student 4 Eternit
y – We have received many responses for our Adopt-a-Student program. From Chapel Oaks Church we have eight families participating. We continue to hear from other church families about supporting a student for this school year.

Pre-School Teacher In-servic
e – Each morning teachers met as we listened to the DVD series, What Great Teachers Do Differently by Dr. Todd Whitaker. Teachers were also given the book, which we will be reading together during our monthly K-12 staff meeting. Elementary teachers attended a one day in-service on the Pathway Reading program here at Midland, joined by teachers from Kansas and Central States Conference. The in-service was conducted by LouAnn Howard and Gary Kruger.  

First Day of School
l – Mrs. Hoffman along with two high school students, Melissa Willer and Matt Atkinson, greeted each student outside the school with a Midland pencil and a welcome to Midland. High school SA students greeted each high school student with MAA pens and a welcome to high school. Students in 5-12 received a school planner which will be used in the classroom.  Kindergarten parents were given a little bag of red, black and white Jelly Beans with the poem Thoughts from the Bottom of the Beanstalk. (Tissue included!)  Our Kindergarten theme is “You’re not letting them go, you’re letting them grow!”  The first day ended with K-12 students meeting in the gym to have our annual all-school prayer led out by our Spiritual Activities leaders, Abbey Adams and Craig Christiansen.  Kirby Yelorda (SA president) along with the other SA leaders provided Popsicle treats for all students.  

New Teacher
s – Dorothy Pearson, transplanted back to Kansas where she grew up, comes to us from Portland Adventist Academy where she taught for the last five years. Dorothy will be teaching three high school English classes, Technology I, and Technology II. Yara Young returns to Midland where she will be teaching Spanish I and Spanish II. Travis Sisson will also be joining us this year to teach three elementary PE classes. We are blessed with an incredibly professional group of teachers that care about the success of each student.

iNow – What is it?
 iNow stands for "Information Now". It is a web-based parent/school communication program that will allow parents to access their child’s school information 24/7 anywhere they might have internet availability. Registrar Darlene Fairchild recently spent two days in a teleconference with an iNow trainer. Although we are not up and running, we hope to be very soon. The iNow folks have completed the data conversion, but there are aspects of the program that make it a bit challenging in our school setting.  

- High School Parent Back to School Night was a great success. At 6:30 pm parents met in the gym for a student handbook review by Trudy Hoffman, the high school teachers and staff were introduced, and then parents spent time visiting the teachers in their classrooms. SA also sponsored a “High School Back to School Bash”. Students were served ice cream treats and participated in some organized games. The class that had the highest parent/student attendance received donuts the next day served by the principal.  

Another Grant!!
! – Yes, Jason Donovan received his second grant for $2000.00 for the proposal he wrote on using the “school” pond for classroom instruction in Biology. Mr. Donovan has built a dock for the pond so student can easily access the water for study. Another $5000.00 could be made available for further study. The full story was written up in the Shawnee Dispatch which you can read about on their website (see full story with this report). Congratulations Mr.  Donovan!

s – Two teachers, Greg Hallock and Dorothy Pearson, were the recipients of SMART boards for their classroom. This allows teachers to teach using integrated textbook software, from their computers, or create their own computer-generated lessons. We now have four classrooms that are equipped with interactive white boards.