Kindergarten and Young 5's Information

  • Welcome! This is Sean DeSarbo, Principal of Paddock Elementary School.

    Mr. DeSarbo   

    Due to the COVID-19 closure, we will not be able to host our annual Kindergarten Orientation Night in person.  This is very sad for us, because we love to meet our newest families in person to begin to develop the important school/home relationships.  While we will not be able to meet you in person, we fully understand the importance of learning about our school, so we have created a slide show that will provide you with a virtual Orientation presentation.  You can click through the slides and watch the videos at your own pace. 

    Please take the time to view the orientation slide show here: Kindergarten Orientation Slide Show

    We will also not be able to conduct traditional paper and pencil registration processes for next year's Kindergarteners and Young 5 students.  In order to get to know you better, we have created a preliminary survey that will allow us to gain some basic information about your student.  Completed paperwork and necessary documentation will be collected at a later time.  

    Please complete this survey: Preliminary Kindergarten Registration Survey 

    Thank You,
    Sean DeSarbo

Milan Area Schools' Current Topics

  • May 20, 2020

    Hello Milan Area Schools Community,

    While our main focus is on finishing the 2019-2020 school year in a strong fashion, we are also planning for the 2020-2021 school year.  In anticipation of next year’s reopening, we are constantly reviewing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Education, and numerous professional associations.  Last Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of the Return to Learning Advisory Council via Executive Order 2020-88, formalizing a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall.  We look forward to gaining important information from this council.

    Our back to school planning is focused on keeping student learning at the forefront through a learning model that accounts for student safety and wellbeing. We are conscious of the fact that there could be further interruptions experienced during the 2020-2021 school year due to a resurgence of COVID-19. Consequently, the district is working diligently to create a learning model that will make all of our families comfortable with a return to school.

    At this time, the district is developing numerous potential instructional models.  These models include a range of possibilities from full virtual instruction to full in-person instruction with several combinations in-between.  Acknowledging the challenges of quickly shifting to distance learning during this crisis, we will use reflective observation and input of our teachers, administrators, and community to guide future planning.  As we continue to plan, we will maintain a focus on impactful teaching and learning.

    Some Questions we are working through in order to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year include:

    • As information continues to evolve, will it be reasonable and allowable for our schools to safely open?
    • What new health and safety protocols would need to be instituted to open?
    • How can we modify our attendance policies to ensure that students and staff can act in the best interest of their health and the health of others?
    • How can we address students or staff that are not able to safely return to school?
    • How do we determine the level of learning loss that has occurred for our students?
    • How will custodial protocols change to meet new best practices?
    • If the state does not allow us to begin the school year in person, what does returning to school look like?

    I am deeply grateful to our teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and students for your extraordinary efforts demonstrated during this public health crisis.  We know that the past few months have been challenging. Our students, staff, and families continue to be in our thoughts as we collectively experience this pandemic. We are stronger when we work together and appreciate the support, care, and attention that our staff and you have provided our students during this difficult time.

    As a district, we will always keep our vision, mission, and beliefs in mind as we develop plans. 

    Vision: Partnering together as a community, all individuals will achieve their greatest potential.

    Mission: Milan Area Schools prepares individual learners to realize the best version of themselves, by creating a supportive, caring, and inclusive educational community.

    Belief Statements:
    We believe...

    • All individuals have equal value and unique gifts
    • In providing a safe and nurturing environment that contributes to successful learning
    • In utilizing instructional strategies that are based on best practice
    • In offering relevant learning
    • In fostering an inclusive and affirming school culture
    • In investing in student capacity to learn and in personal success
    • In engaging the entire community to maximize student learning and preparedness

    Thank you and stay safe,
    Bryan Girbach,
    Milan Area Schools

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Instructional Resources

  • Hello School Community,

    These are truly unprecedented times.  Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as we work through the process of developing a plan for our district's operations during the mandatory school closure.

    The administrative team has been working diligently to maintain two-way communication between Milan Area Schools and our school families.  Please see methods for communication below:

    Continued Two-Way Communication Between Milan Area Schools and Our School Families
    In addition to providing updates using our website and the instant messaging system, the district will continue to monitor communication with our school families using the following methods:

    • Main Office Voicemail Boxes will be Checked Daily
      • Paddock: 734-439-5100
      • Symons: 734-439-5300
      • MMS: 734-439-5200
      • MHS: 734-439-5000
      • Central Office: 734-439-5050
    • Administrator Email will be Checked Daily
      • Lisa Mellinger:
      • Sean Desarbo:
      • Jennifer Bookout:
      • Shanna Spickard:
      • Aaron Shinn:
      • Lon Smith:
      • Ryan McMahon:
      • Bryan Girbach:

    While other individual district phone numbers and email addresses may be used for communication from individual staff members, the means listed above are guaranteed to be checked daily.

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  • Instructional Resources for students can be found on on the following pages.

    COVID-19 information and School Closure Updates.

    Click HERE to visit the page.

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  • As a result of COVID-19 and the closing of school buildings for the 2019-2020 School Year, school districts must submit a Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (“Plan”) in order to continue to receive state aid for operations. Although schools are closed and not providing in-person instruction, teaching and learning must continue. Michigan educators have been called to provide our students with continued learning.

    The following documents have been approved by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and have been submitted to the State of Michigan:

    District Continuity of Learning and COVID Response Plan

    District Continuity of Learning Instructional Plan

    WISD Pre-k COVID-19 Expectations

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Welcome to MAS

  • The city of Milan, which encompasses a total of 3.4 square miles, was founded in 1831 and is located in the Southeastern Counties of Washtenaw and Monroe in the State of Michigan. Located between the cultural and commercial hubs of Ann Arbor, MI and Toledo, OH, Milan has both rural and suburban areas.  

    The Milan School District embraces nearly 90 square miles and serves households in both Washtenaw and Monroe Counties.  The district is proud to note that its staff is made up of both veteran teachers and those new to the profession, all of whom are highly qualified. The four school buildings that comprise the Milan Area School District operate as schools-of-choice facilities and consistently enroll students from four surrounding counties. The district offers exceptional educational programs to over 2,200 students ranging from preschool age to grade twelve.

    The community is proud of the scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments of its students. School activities serve as an important part of the overall student experience and provide social activities for the entire community.

District Twitter Feeds

Directions to District Offce

COVID-19 and School Closure Updates

  • Milan Area Schools has created a web page specifically for COVID-19 information and School Closure Updates.

    Click HERE to visit the page.

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District Information