Middle school principal

I am excited and honored to be the principal at the Milbank Middle School. We have dedicated and highly qualified teachers as well as non-certified staff at the middle school. They work hard at their job and they care about the students. It is very important that students feel connected to our school, and I encourage all students to participate in many activities including sports, music, theater, and others that promote a positive self-image and sense of pride in our school.

My goal is to work with students, staff, parents, and the community to make Milbank Middle School a highly productive school where our students are challenged and motivated to grow intellectually, are emotionally tied to our school and community, and socially connected to their peers.

We do not have a lot of rules at Milbank Middle School, but we do ask students to follow these four basic, simple rules:

1. Show up on time and ready to participate in the learning process.
2. Be Prepared.
3. Do Assignments
4. Treat yourself and others with respect.

Mr. Evje’s Philosophy on Homework
I believe education is a lifelong process that extends beyond school. It is important that students recognize that learning takes place in the home as well as the community. Homework is recognized as an effective school practice and is one means of teaching the necessary skills of independent study and learning.

When it comes to assignments and homework, I have a few suggestions to help:

1. Assignment Book
Your child was given an assignment book at the beginning of the year, and he/she is required to use it. Some parents are lucky and have a child who likes school and is always organized and ready to go. Some of us are not so lucky and it seems like a never ending battle with organization and homework. For those parents, I encourage you to work with your child and develop a plan that allows you to check the planner, but allows your child to feel in control of their academic responsibilities.

2. Let the Teachers Help
One of the biggest reasons parents and children get into power struggles is homework. When you start to feel stressed out over homework or maybe you don't understand the assignment, I encourage you to put the assignment away and bring your child to school early and let the teacher do what they do best, and that is teach. Our staff is very dedicated to teaching your child and they tell students all of the time to seek them out for help. Our teachers are here from 7:45 to 3:45 PM, and often times much earlier and much later. If your child is embarrassed to go see a teacher, have him/her bring a friend. Often times the friend has questions too.

3. ICU
ICU is a program we started a few year ago that promotes students doing their homework and doing it correctly. When a student comes to school and their assignment is not completed or completed to a satisfactory level the student attends our noon or after school ICU. If a student does not perform to a satisfactory level on a quiz or exam, they will be given the chance to seek out the help they need in order to better prepare to retake the test/quiz. Our ICU program has significantly reduced late work, and has also helped us significantly drop "D's"and "F's" in our school.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at kristopher.evje@k12.sd.us or by phone at 605-432-5519.

Kris Evje
Middle School Principal