Milbank Middle School
Important Dates
In The Year Ahead
2017-2018

updated: November 14, 2017

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 23, 2017.  After seven school days, we enjoyed our first vacation days. We did not have school on Friday, September 1, due to a teacher inservice.  Also, there was no school on Labor Day; the holiday fell on Monday, September 4.  There was no school on October 9 due to Columbus Day.  The first nine weeks ended on Friday, October 20.

     For the eleventh time ever, the Milbank School District will complete the second nine weeks before the Christmas break.  The second nine weeks runs from October 23 through December 21.  There was no school on Friday, October 27 (Comp Day).  Parent-teacher conferences took place on Tuesday, October 24, and Wednesday, October 25.  A second teacher inservice occurred on Monday, November 6, so there was no school that day. We will have a two-day break for Thanksgiving (23rd & 24th), and the Christmas break lasts from December 22 to January 2.  School resumed on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

     January 3 through March 7 mark the dates of the third nine weeks. We have two snow days built into the schedule in the event that winter weather invades us. There will be no school on Friday, January 12, 2018, due to teachers' inservice.  Parent-teacher conferences are to be held on February 7 and 12 (2:30-7:30).  Everyone has days off on Friday, February 16, and President's Day on the 19th of February.

     The final stretch of the year lasts from March 12 through May 23.  March 8 and 9 are the spring break days, while March 30 through April 2 mark the dates of our Easter break. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, will see the end to another successful school year.  With the students, parents, and teachers all working together, there is no doubt that positive growth will take 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 then spilled over into a two-hour late start the following day (Dec. 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 this year, 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 29.  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 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.

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 twelve years ago (as of 3-8-17
)?:
Link for an amazing Minnesota high school basketball shot that came shortly after Justin Peters hit THE SHOT in Sisseton: www.youtube.com
Best full court shot that beat the buzzer but still didn't count by a Wisconsin middle school: www.youtube.com
This is Justin's shot:
www.youtube.com
Which shot do you feel is most 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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