Exciting changes in store at Milaca High School

It is hard to believe that another school year is ready to start. We had a busy summer hiring, so there are some new faces in the building. We have a number of big changes that I’d like to share with you.

First, our Open House will be before Labor Day on Thursday, August 28 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This is a time for you to meet teachers, and take care of a number of other important tasks.

Damian Patnode
Damian Patnode

We will have staff available for you to put money in your lunch account, turn in your deposit for your iPad, and pay for your parking permit. Planners will also be available for purchase during Open House.

We will also have orientation sessions in Dahlager Theater for the following groups:

Grade 7-12 Activities orientation at 4:00 P.M.

Incoming grade 9 families at 5:00 P.M.

Incoming grade 7 families at 5:30 P.M.

iPad orientation at 6:00 P.M.

Another exciting change involves activities fees for students participating in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) activities. To increase participation and encourage students to be involved in multiple activities, the school board has created an annual fee for participation in any sports program and theater, speech, FFA, FCCLA and Marching Band. The fee is set at $80 for high school activities and $65 for junior high activities. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, the fees will be less. Some activities may have additional fees for membership dues, specialized equipment, or program specific costs. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these savings by participating in multiple activities. Studies show that students who participate in school activities are more successful in school.

Lastly, we made a change regarding student use of personal electronic devices and cell phones. With every student having access to a school-issued iPad, the need for students to have cell phones or other electronic devices on them during the day is not necessary. Students need to keep cell phones and other electronic devices in their locker, or at home.

We kicked the year off for staff with author and speaker V.J. Smith. His book “The Richest Man in Town” is worth a read if you get the chance. The book talks about a person named “Marty” and how he lived his life to its fullest. We took three simple truths from his talk:

1. Relationships matter most in life.

2. Try to do a little more.

3. Only you can make you happy.

We look forward to working with you to make this a successful school year. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.