School began on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. After seven school
days, we enjoyed our first vacation days. We did not have school on
Friday, August 30, due to a teacher inservice. Also, there was
no school on Labor Day; the holiday fell on Monday, September 2. There
was no school on October 14 due to Columbus Day. The first nine
weeks ended on
Friday, October 18.
For the thirteenth time ever, the Milbank School
District will complete the second nine weeks before the Christmas break.
The second nine weeks runs from October 21 through December 20. There
was no school on Friday, October 25 (Comp Day).
Parent-teacher conferences took place on Monday, October 21, and Wednesday, October
A second teacher inservice occurred on Monday, November 4, so there was no school that day. We
had a two-day break for Thanksgiving (28th & 29th), and the Christmas break
lasted from December 21 to January 1. We did have a two-hour late
start on Monday, December 9, the one-year anniversary of the Miami
Miracle. School resumed on
Thursday, January 2, 2020.
2 through March 13 mark the dates of the third nine weeks.
There was no school on
10, 2020, due to teachers' inservice. We have
two snow days built into the schedule in the
event that winter weather invades us, and we used the first full snow
day on Friday, January 17, due to an incoming winter storm. School
was an hour late on Wednesday, January 22, due to high winds throughout
Parent-teacher conferences will be held on February 10 (2:30-7:00) and
February 12 (2:30-6:00).
Everyone has days off on Friday, February 14, and President's Day
on the 17th of February. Oh, and our two spring break days
took place on March
14 and 15.
final stretch of the year lasts from March 16 through May 20. April
10 and April 13, a Friday and a Monday, will be free from school
to celebrate Easter. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, will see
the end to another successful school year. With the students,
teachers all working together, there will be no doubt that positive
growth takes place!
Mom, thank you for everything you've done for me!
Best wishes as you move on!!!
FYI: Wednesday, May 26,
2004, was Milbank's last day of school...and final day ever...in the old Milbank
Middle School building!! Many good memories remain from that building.
A gorgeous rainbow covered the old school on that evening of the final
Other school dismissal notes:
2008-2009 school year:
We had five snow days: December 15, January 12,
February 26, March 10, and March 31; we did not have to make up any
2009-2010 school year:
School was called off on Thursday,
November 12, 2009, because of the large percentage of students who attended
the SD State 11A Football Championship.
School was dismissed at
12:00 on Wednesday, January 7, due to snow (84th
day of school), and school was cancelled on both Thursday and Friday,
January 7 and 8, 2010. School was released at 2:30 due to freezing
rain on Friday, January 22. Again, school was cancelled on Monday,
January 25 (blowing snow), and it was two hours late on Tuesday, January
26. Our fourth and fifth full snow days occurred on Monday and
Tuesday, February 8 and 9, and that was followed by a two-hour late
start on Wednesday, February 10. Tuesday, February 16, saw our
sixth snow day of this school year (poor roads due to blowing snow).
2010-2011 school year:
We dismissed school at 1:00 on Monday, December
20, due to snow, and that spilled over into a two-hour late start the
following day (December 21). We also dismissed school early, this time at
12:30, on Friday, January 7, due to blowing snow (84th
day of school). School began two hours late (snow) on Tuesday, January
11, Tuesday, January 18 (cold and blowing snow in the evening), and on
Monday, January 24 (cold and blowing snow in the evening). Our
first full days of no school came in a group of four: Monday, January
31, Tuesday, February 1, Wednesday, February 2, and Thursday, February
3. A couple more two-hour late starts occurred on Monday, February
7, and Wednesday, February 9. For the fifth time, school
was cancelled on Tuesday, February 22, due to poor country roads. Our
sixth and final snow day occurred on Wednesday, March 23, a day before
our two-day spring break vacation.
2011-2012 school year:
We dismissed at 1:00 on Tuesday, February 28,
due to a winter storm warning. The storm officially hit at 3:40 on
Tuesday and continued to dump 9.5 inches of heavy, wet snow into
Wednesday morning. That had two results: (1) our first full snow
day on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, and (2) a two-hour late start on
Thursday, March 1.
2012-2013 school year:
School began two hours late on Monday, December
10, due to a weekend blizzard (72nd day of school). We had our
first full snow day on Thursday, January 31, because of extremely low
temperatures--high was -8 on the 102nd day of school. School began
one hour late on Friday, February 1, due to those same freezing
temperatures. Our second snow day occurred on Monday, February 11,
as a result of heavy snowfall over the weekend. We had a two-hour
late start on Tuesday, February 12. School released at 11:45 due
to blowing snow on Thursday, February 14. Our second two-hour late
start occurred on Monday, March 4, and that was due to freezing rain
during the nighttime hours. We began the first day of the fourth
quarter with our third two-hour late start due to freezing rain and snow
that hit us over the weekend. The third snow day of the year took
place on Monday, March 18, due to high winds and blowing snow in the
night (note: this snow day results in having school on Monday, April
29). School was one hour late the following day, Tuesday, March
19. Thursday, April 11, was our fourth full snow day due to heavy
snow that lit us up last night; it was nothing compared to the ice storm
and damage that the people of Sioux Falls had to face (note: this snow
day results in having school on Wednesday, May 22). A two-hour
late start followed on Friday, April 12. School released at noon
on Thursday, April 18, due to heavy snow.
2013-2014 school year:
School began one hour late on Monday, December 2,
due to ice (67th day of school). Our first early release came at
1:00 on Wednesday, December 4, due to snow and the possibility of the
wind picking up. Our first full snow day took place on Monday,
January 6, due to the extremely cold temperatures (lowest since 1997).
It would've been our 84th day of school (see 2009-10 and 2010-11 school
years to see what took place on the 84th day both of those years).
The first snow day was followed by a two-hour late start on Tuesday,
January 7, (the official 84th day of school) due to remaining cold
temperatures. We used our second full snow day on Thursday,
January 16, due to blowing snow. School was two hours late on
Monday, January 27, because of extremely low wind chill temperatures;
the straight air temperature in the morning was -15. Again, school
was two hours late on Friday, March 7, due to freezing rain in the
night. Milbank dodged a bullet and missed most of the snow, but
ice and drifts resulted in an hour late start on Tuesday, April 1.
On Wednesday, April 16, school was released at 2:00 due to heavy snow in
the Milbank, Summit, and Revillo areas. Interestingly, we released
school early almost one year ago exactly--on Thursday, April 18--due to
2014-2015 school year:
School began two hours late on Tuesday, November 12, 2014, due to a foot of
snow that fell throughout Sunday night and into Monday (53rd day of
school). School was dismissed at 1:30 on Monday, December 15, due
to freezing rain and wind (75th day of school) and was one hour late on
Tuesday, December 16 (76th day of school). No surprise here--the
84th day of school meant a two-hour late
start due to extremely low temperatures (Wednesday, January 7).
Then, due to blowing snow, school released at 12:15 on Thursday, January
8, the 85th day of school. We experienced our first full snow day
on Tuesday, February 10, on the 107th day of school because of too much
freezing rain and ice. Our second and final allotted snow day
occurred on Tuesday, March 3, due to blizzard conditions overnight and
into the morning.
2015-2016 school year:
About eight inches of wet snow in the greater Milbank area resulted in
our first snow day on what would've been the 64th day of school
(Tuesday, December 1). Our second snow day came 15 days later on
Wednesday, December 16, the 75th day of school, due to snow and slippery
conditions that came overnight. School was one hour late on
Monday, February 8, due to blowing snow.
2016-2017 school year:
Heavy, wet snow and then strong winds resulted in no school on Friday,
November 18 (Day 58). Then, on Tuesday, November 22, a late notice
was given that school would start two hours late due to freezing rain; an
hour later it was decided to cancel school (60th day of school).
Yes, both of the built-in snow days were used before December 1.
We had a one-hour late start on Wednesday, November 23, due to fog (61st
day of school). Another one-hour late start due to blowing and drifting
occurred on Monday, December 19 (77th day of school). School was
released at 12:00 on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (84th
day of actual school--86th day if you count the two snow days we've
had), due to blowing snow. A two- hour late start occurred on
Monday, March 13, due to eight inches of snow that fell on Sunday (127th
day of school--125th day we actually met).
2017-2018 school year:
Due to a power outage in the entire town, school began one hour late on
Tuesday, November 14. School released at 1:00 due to incoming
freezing rain, snow, and high winds on Monday, December 4 (67th day of
school). There was a one-hour late start on Tuesday, February 20,
due to snow accumulations through the night (112th day of school).
Three days later, on Friday, February 23 (115th day of school), school
began one hour late for the third time this school year and the second
time due to a hit of snow. Our first full snow day occurred on
Monday, March 5 (121st day of school). A winter storm warning was in
effect for the day and that led to a school notification at 6:00 AM;
this was our first full snow day in March since March 3 of 2015.
Our second full snow day came on Tuesday, March 6, as approximately 13
inches of wet, heavy snow covered the Milbank area. This was the
122nd day of school). What would have been our 138th day of school
became our third full snow day. Due to snow that arrived in the
night and continued into the early afternoon hours, there was no school
on April 3, 2018. Because we were allotted two snow days, this
third day results in an added day at the end of the year. A Sunday
snowfall resulted in a two-hour late start on Monday, April 9, the 141st
day of school. Blizzard conditions that overcame almost the entire
state of South Dakota eventually led to an early release at 1:45 on
Friday, April 13, the 145th day of school.
2018-2019 school year:
Our first snow day occurred on Thursday, January 24 (Day 96); the
announcement came at 7:16 on the night before due to an expected ground
blizzard. Four days later, on Monday, January 28 (Day 98) our
second of two allotted snow days was used. The email notification
arrived at 8:32 PM in the midst of snow and wind. Though Monday
was clear throughout the day, drifting in the country along with very
cold winds made the cancellation a wise decision. Then, around
5:30 PM on that Monday, the domino effect began with schools cancelling
school due to incoming historic low temperatures. Milbank followed
suit by announcing the next two days (Tuesday, January 29, and
Wednesday, January 30), would be called off; both days would be made up
later. Thursday, January 31, began with a two-hour late start
because of the still-present extreme cold. The fifth full snow day of
the year came on Thursday, February 7, due to blizzard conditions the
previous night and throughout the day, and that was immediately followed
by our sixth snow day on Friday, February 8, as a result of Thursday's
blizzard conditions and wind through the night. School released at
12:15 on Tuesday, February 12 (Day 105), due to anticipated winds to
possibly whip up the very light snow that fell throughout the night.
School began two hours late on Wednesday, February 13 (Day 106), because
of drifting in the country. For the third consecutive day, on Thursday,
February 14 (Day 107), school time was lost because of more blowing
snow; school was released at 1:00. Our seventh full snow day
occurred on Wed., Feb. 20, due to 8 inches of snow; the eighth day came
on Mon., Feb. 25, as heavy drifting made traveling difficult. The
ninth full snow day fell on Monday, March 4, because of drifting and
anticipated high winds. School was two hours late on Tuesday,
March 5, due to drifting in the country. School began one hour
late on Monday, March 11, caused by heavy snowfall on Saturday. Two days
later, school was again one hour late due to fog and poor rural driving
conditions. After a good streak of full school days, Milbank
schools had to release at 12:30 on Wednesday, April 11, due to an
incoming winder storm. Full snow days number 10 and number
11 occurred on Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, as a huge snow
system covered much of South Dakota. The Milbank area got around
17.5 of heavy, wet snow.
2019-2020 school year:
Late-night snow and slippery conditions resulted in school being two
hours late on Monday, December 9, 2019 (365 days after the Miami
Miracle), on the 72nd day of our school
year. Our first full snow day occurred on Friday, January 17, due
to an incoming winter storm; the announcement of no school came the
night before around 9:00. School was an hour late on Wednesday,
January 22, due to high winds and blowing snow throughout Tuesdsay.
News & Notes
March 8 BBB Region Final @ Sisseton==MILBANK 51, CLARK
March 17 Milbank beat Lennox in first
round of state tournament (55-53 in OT)
March 18 End of the third nine weeks; Milbank beat Tri-Valley 48-46
March 19 Milbank wins the State "A" Boys BB Tournament with a 59-53
win over Miller (Milbank's first state bb title since 1967)
Do you remember the MIRACLE
SHOT made by Justin Peters fourteen years ago
Link for an amazing Minnesota high
school basketball shot that came shortly after Justin Peters hit THE
SHOT in Sisseton:
This is Justin's shot:
shot do you feel is more impressive?