Milan High School holds Ninth Grade Orientation and open house

Senior Grace Bartley asks questions and shows eighth-grade students Tyler Giasi and Bailey Koza how to operate the buzzers used by the Milan High School Quiz Bowl members at the Ninth Grade Orientation and open house recently held at the high school. Photo by Joyce Ervin.

Jordon Collins and Chris Kaufman share choir and band information with incoming freshman and trombone player, Andrew Oswalt at the Milan High School Ninth Grade Orientation and open house event. Photo by Joyce Ervin.

Senior Mason Grostick represented the Milan High School Student Senate at the Ninth Grade Orientation recently held at Milan High School. Photo by Joyce Ervin.

Milan High School hosted parents and eighth-grade middle school students at a Ninth Grade Orientation and open house recently to introduce the educational opportunities available to students entering in the fall.  Principal Ryan McMahon said, ”This event offers an opportunity to share with the Milan area community all of the great things that are happening in our school.”

In his opening remarks,  McMahon said that students who participate in extracurricular activities tend to be more successful.  He encouraged the attendees to explore the opportunities and presentations that faculty and students prepared for the open house portion of the event.

Within the next few weeks, Mark Rodan, ninth-grade counselor and student support, and Chris Wilson, ninth-grade leader, will meet with middle school students and help with course selections.  Discussion between parents and students is important when planning for the future, Rodan said.  Wilson said it is their goal to help students make a smooth transition into high school.

Department spokespersons explained the differences in the courses offered within each department.  The school offers advanced placement and honors classes.  Making the best choice for each student is important for success.   McMahon planned the event with the thought that the program would help guide student choices and illustrate a plan of progress for the next four years.

Representatives were available to give information on the school’s  specialized academic programs and partnerships.  These secondary choices include, Early College Alliance (ECA), the Southwest Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC), the Milan Center for Innovative Studies (MCIS), the Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and College Dual Enrollment opportunities.  Information is also available on the school website.

Milan high school offers 66 extracurricular opportunities for students,  which includes clubs, organizations, such as National Honor Society, and junior and varsity sports teams.  Senior David Swain told students school is more fun if you are active in school events and colleges are interested in which clubs and sports you have been involved.

Students and faculty advisors were available to showcase their clubs , organizations and sports opportunities in the open house portion of the event. Students represented peer mediation, film club, language club, Interact, book club, student council, drama club, chess club, diversity club, equestrian, National Honor Society and varsity and junior varsity sports teams and others.

If you were unable to attend, a power point presentation of the event can be found on the school website.   Rodan will be holding another session at the Milan Middle School on Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m.  Parents and students are invited to attend.  On Feb.6, the high school counselors will meet with eighth-grade students to begin discussing course selections.

“We have been working  hard at Milan High School to create the very best opportunities for our students,” McMahon said.

A power point presentation of the event can be found on the school website by visiting:

For additional information email: rodanm [at] milanareaschools [dot] org

For information on secondary educational opportunities visit the following also found on the school website:

Milan Center for Innovative Studies ( MCIS):

Early College Alliance:  


Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer.  She can be contacted at;  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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