Milbank Middle School
Important Dates
In The Year Ahead
2018-2019

updated: May 24, 2019

PARENTS:   I would be more than happy to meet with you if you have any concerns, questions, comments, or suggestions.  After school (3:15-4:00) works best for me, but I could meet later.  Give me a call at 432-4751 (home) or 432-5519 (school), and we can set something up!


         School began on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  After seven school days, we enjoyed our first vacation days. We did not have school on Friday, August 31, due to a teacher inservice.  Also, there was no school on Labor Day; the holiday fell on Monday, September 3.  There was no school on October 8 due to Columbus Day.  The first nine weeks ended on Friday, October 19.

     For the twelfth time ever, the Milbank School District will complete the second nine weeks before the Christmas break.  The second nine weeks runs from October 22 through December 21.  There was no school on Friday, October 26 (Comp Day).  Parent-teacher conferences took place on Tuesday, October 23, and Wednesday, October 24.  A second teacher inservice occurred on Monday, November 5, so there was no school that day. We had a two-day break for Thanksgiving (22nd & 23rd), and the Christmas break lasted from December 22 to January 2.  School resumed on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

     January 3 through March 13 mark the dates of the third nine weeks. There was no school on Friday, January 11, 2019, due to teachers' inservice.  Also, school was called off on nine days: Thursday, January 24, due to a ground blizzard; Monday, January 28, due to snow and drifting in the country through the night; Tuesday, January 29, due to extremely low temperatures; Wednesday, January 30, also due to extremely low temperatures; Thursday, February 7, due to blizzard conditions that began the previous night and continued throughout the day; Friday, February 8, as a result of Thursday's weather and wind through the night; Wednesday, February 20, due to eight inches of snow in the night through the morning; Monday, February 25, as heavy drifting blocked roads; and Monday, March 4, because of drifting and anticipated high winds.  School began two hours late on Thursday, January 31, because of the still-present cold and another two-hour late start occurred on Tuesday, March 5, due to drifting in the country.  We had a one-hour late start on Monday, March 11, caused by heavy snow that fell on Saturday and another two days later on Wednesday, March 13, because of fog and poor rural driving conditions.  As a result of all of this, we have used both of the two snow days built into the schedule in the event that winter weather invaded us, and days will need to be made up later! Parent-teacher conferences were held on February 11 (2:30-7:00) and March 6 (2:30-6:00 and two weeks later than scheduled due to weather-related issues).  Everyone had days off on Friday, February 15, and President's Day on the 18th of February.  Oh, and our two spring break days took place on March 14 and 15.

     The final stretch of the year lasted from March 18 through May 24.  Milbank schools released at 12:30 on Wednesday, April 11, due to the incoming snow.  We did not have school on Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, due to the fierce winter storm that dumped around 17.5 inches in our area; this brings to eleven the total of full snow days.  April 19 and April 22, a Friday and a Monday, were free from school to celebrate Easter.  Friday, May 24, 2019, saw the end to another successful school year (two days were added to the end of the year and April 18 became a school day due to snow days in January and February).  With the students, parents, and teachers all working together, there was no doubt that positive growth took place! 

Mom and I on the final day of her teaching career (5-21-10)!
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 day.

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 school days.
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 heavy snow.
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.

March of 2005 News & Notes
March 8    BBB Region Final @ Sisseton==MILBANK 51, CLARK 49!!!!!  UNREAL!!!

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 (as of 3-8-19)?

Link for an amazing Minnesota high school basketball shot that came shortly after Justin Peters hit THE SHOT in Sisseton: www.youtube.com
This is Justin's shot:
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Which shot do you feel is more impressive?

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Under Coach Hoeke, Milbank's volleyball team went for its third state title. They fell just short as Wagner defeated them in four games.
Click on the picture above to see the 2009-10 Milbank volleyball team that placed second in State "11A" Volleyball (Watertown, November 19-21, 2009).

Our first-ever state football championship team--Nov. 12, 2009
Click on the picture above to see the 2009-10 Milbank football team that placed first in State "11A" Football (Vermillion, November 12, 2009).
 
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Milbank Girls Golf--runners-up in 2009
Click on the picture above to see the 2008-9 Milbank girls golf team that placed second in State "A" Golf (Hartford, May 18-19, 2009).

The 2008 Milbank volleyball team took consolation championship honors under Coach Hoeke.
Click on the picture above to see the 2008-9 Milbank volleyball team that placed fifth in State "A" Volleyball (Rapid City, November 20-22, 2008).

Coach Townsend led the Bulldogs to a fourth place finish at state!
Click on the picture above to see the 2008-9 Milbank boys cross country team that placed fourth in State "A" Cross Country (Huron, October 25, 2008).

Boys Golf Team--3rd place in 2008-9 school year
Click on the picture above to see the 2008-9 Milbank boys golf team that placed third in State "A" Golf (Madison, October 5-6, 2008).
 
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Milbank Girls Golf 2008--State "A"--Second Place
Click on the picture above to see the 2007-8 Milbank girls golf team that placed second in State "A" Golf (Spearfish, May 19-20, 2008).


Click on the picture above to see the 2007-8 Milbank gymnastics team that placed third in State "A" Gymnastics (Brookings, February 15-16, 2008).


Click on the picture above to see the 2007-8 Milbank volleyball team that placed second in State "A" Volleyball (Sioux Falls, November 15-17, 2007).
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Click on the picture above to see the 2006-7 Milbank girls golf team that placed sixth in State "A" Golf (Madison, May 21-22, 2007).


Click on the picture above to see the 2006-7 Milbank girls basketball team that placed third in State "A" Basketball (Spearfish, March 8-10, 2007).


Click on the picture above to see the 2006-7 Milbank gymnastics team that placed third in State "A" Gymnastics (Aberdeen, February 16-17, 2007).


Click on the picture above to see the 2006-7 Milbank volleyball team that placed first in State "A" Volleyball (Watertown, November 16-18, 2006).


Click on the picture above to see the 2006-7 Milbank boys golf team that placed sixth in State "A" Golf (Spearfish, October 2-3, 2006).

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Click on the picture above to see the 2005-6 Milbank girls basketball team that placed third in State "A" Basketball (Mitchell, March 9-11, 2006).



Click on the picture above to see the 2005-6 Milbank debate team that was the State "A" Champion (Aberdeen, March 3-4, 2006).


Click on the picture above to see the 2005-6 Milbank gymnastics team that placed fourth in State "A" Gymnastics (Huron, February 17-19, 2006).


Click on the picture above to see the 2005-6 Milbank volleyball team that placed third in State "A" Volleyball (Watertown, November 17-19, 2005).


Click on the picture above to see the 2005-6 Milbank football team that was the State "A" Runner-up (Vermillion, November 11, 2005).


Click on the picture above to see the 2005-6 Milbank golf team that was the State "A" Champion (Hartford, October 3-4, 2005).
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Click on the picture above to see the 2004-5 Milbank boys track team that was the State "A" Champion (Sioux Falls, May 26-27, 2005).


Click on the picture above to see the 2004-5 Milbank boys basketball team that was the State "A" Champion (Rapid City, March 17-18, 2005).


Click on the picture above to see the 2004-5 Milbank gymnastics team team that placed sixth in State "A" Gymnastics (Rapid City, February 18-20, 2005).


Click on the picture above to see the 2004-5 Milbank wrestling team that placed seventh in State "A" Wrestling (Rapid City, February 25-27, 2005).


Click on the picture above to see the 2004-5 Milbank volleyball team that was the State "A" Champion (Watertown, November 18-20, 2004).

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