Miller's Run School



A Safe, Responsible, Learning Community  



BOOK FAIR April 3 and 4 - you can still order online!


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News and Events

  • Informational Budget Meeting There will be an informational budget meeting at Miller's Run School at 7:00, Monday, April 7, 2014.
    Posted Apr 7, 2014, 5:52 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • Revote on school budget A revote on the school budget will take place on Tuesday, April 8th.  Voting for Wheelock residents is at the Town Hall from 10:00 - 7:00, Sheffield residents come to the school from 10:00 - 7:00.
    Posted Apr 7, 2014, 5:50 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • Book Fair Miller's Run Scholastic Book Fair!  TWO DAYS ONLY - April 3rd and April 4th Get a sneak peek at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/millersrun   You can still order online until April 18!
    Posted Apr 7, 2014, 5:53 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • Bridge Competition - March 22nd at L.I. Miller's Run seventh and eighth graders will present their bridges for the annual bridge competition at the Lyndon Institute Auditorium on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM.Please come and support your school!
    Posted Mar 20, 2014, 4:45 PM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • Budget Forum (rescheduled) There will be an evening discussion about the school budget on Friday, March 14, at 7:00.
    Posted Mar 11, 2014, 6:38 PM by mrswebmaster millers run
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Miller’s Run School

A Safe, Responsible, learning community


Our Universal Expectations

Allow Personal Space-Be Respectful-Care for the Community-Do Your Best




Principal's Message

 

Miller’s Run School – U.S.D. #37

A Safe, Responsible, learning community

January 14, 2014

Dear Residents of Wheelock and Sheffield:

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve, as the principal of Miller’s Run School, where building positive relationships with students, staff, and community members has been an essential aspect of developing a vibrant learning environment. I find MRS to be an ideal public school for educating the whole child by preparing students to be effective citizens for their local and global communities. This educational philosophy builds a network of systems and supports that provides opportunities for all students to pursue academic excellence, while meeting their personal responsibilities. Twenty-first Century education requires schools to have a dynamic, state of the art curriculum, aware and empowered students, a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and a supportive community. I believe that MRS is creating this educational environment, where all constituents are working collaboratively to ensure the optimal learning for the students, staff, and community. 

Dynamic, State of the Art Curriculum:

The current curriculum employed at our school is being aligned to the National Common Core in a manner that best meets the needs of all our students. The curriculum at MRS focuses on literacy, math, civics, science, visual and performing arts, computer and cyberspace technology, health and physical education. A Common Core focus in literacy is implemented through the use of evidence to support thinking, with emphasis on reading non-fiction text. Our faculty math team led by an elementary teacher, a middle school teacher, and CNSU math coordinator are revising the math curriculum through implementation of new programs and instructional practices. In general, the instructional materials and practices are designed to enhance 21st century skills of personal and social awareness, problem solving, collaboration, research, critical thinking, and creativity. Teachers implement the curriculum through a variety of structures including whole class, small group, and individual instruction, as needed by the students. The teachers use technology to match instruction to students needs through video, virtual simulations, hands on projects, as well as traditional tools such as books and manual tools. Our instructional practices also validate students’ lives by making instruction relevant to community service and everyday life. 

Aware and Empowered Students:

The dedicated, student-centered staff serves as a model for our students, clearly defining and addressing all characteristics of a healthy and vibrant school community. In preparation for the start of this school year, the staff agreed to implement our school-wide, universal expectations of allowing personal space, being respectful, caring for yourself/your community, and doing your best. Our students have prospered individually and collectively from the guidance of the knowledgeable and caring school staff. We are promoting student leadership in various ways, with students raising and lowering the flag, making morning announcements, tutoring younger students, mentoring peers, attending Lyndon Institute for a year-long Algebra course, helping with special events, and creating and presenting anti-bullying and other materials to enhance school climate. The phrase, ‘do the right thing’, is used by staff and students throughout the day, to remind others of our common mission. Our discipline data clearly indicates a positive impact on the school climate, as infractions of minor inappropriate behavior is below that of previous years, and most importantly, major inappropriate behavior has decreased substantially. The students enjoy the positive reinforcement program that recognizes them for meeting targeted expectations each month, by displaying student names and by awarding certificates for specific appropriate behavior at the monthly school-wide assemblies. Along with the improvements in school climate and student behaviors, student assessments indicate clear academic gains, which we will continue to promote.

Knowledgeable and Dedicated Staff:

The staff of MRS has a common belief that we are responsible for educating and caring for the children of Wheelock and Sheffield in a manner that we would employ for our own children. We are fortunate to have established a positive working climate, built on mutual trust and accountability with the focus of making MRS a safe, responsible, learning community. Our work in the classrooms and hallways of the school is guided by developing procedures at school and CNSU to implement the current public education laws and policies for the maximum benefit of all students. Our instructional methods are constantly evolving through informal and formal interactions with other education professionals, community members, and our students. Instructional practices are also influenced by analysis of student work, and their academic/social/emotional needs. 

Supportive Community:

In partnership with its community, MRS is building a productive network of support for educating young people. The attendance at Welcome Back Dragons night, the Open House, the Winter Concert, the Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the Playground Dedication is a clear indicator of the school’s valuable community support. The positive and productive interaction of parents with their school community and children, on a daily basis has fostered a meaningful home/school partnership. Additionally, our community members support the school in numerous ways. For example, during the administration of the NECAP tests the Friends of Miller’s Run provided snacks to all students in Grades 3-8, thus supporting student success. During the Holiday Season, community members made donations to the food pantry, and facilitated the distribution of needed clothing. A community volunteer updates and manages the school’s information board throughout the year, while other volunteers help with service learning projects such as the community garden. Volunteers also supervise a music program to enable K-4 teachers to meet weekly, as a literacy team. MRS is also fortunate to have a school board, whose dedicated members are passionate about providing the best education for its students, while keeping the economic realities facing their communities at the forefront of all their decisions. Our school board members work hard to establish and utilize an accurate picture of our school’s present status, and possess the vision to guide future planning effectively. The school board’s regularly scheduled meetings are on the third Monday of each month, at 5:30 P.M. in the music room; your attendance is desired and beneficial.

As always, I look forward to your participation in your child’s education and the operations of your school and the school district. Please contact me to share thoughts and ideas or if I can be of assistance in any way.

Sincerely,

Sikander Rashid

MRS Vision Statement: “MRS will be a welcoming and supportive community. Students will learn in a positive and respectful school that meets their diverse academic, social, and emotional needs resulting in motivated and dynamic life-long learners.”







 

Miller’s Run School Universal Expectations

Allow Personal Space-Be Respectful-Care for the Community-Do Your Best



Miller's Run School-wide Walk for Health 


Students walk for health on the Miller's Run field.  The event was spearheaded by Nurse Soph! 



Big brother helps little brother get ready to walk



Miller's Run is a pre-k through 8 school located in Sheffield, Vermont, comprised of students from the towns of Sheffield and Wheelock.


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