Miller’s Run School

A Safe, Responsible learning community




Our Universal Expectations

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


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 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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Recent Announcements

  • VSO at Miller's Run The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s “Harp and Soul” harp and flute duo will present performances at two Caledonia County elementary schools on May 12. The visits are made possible with help from the North Country Friends of the VSO.Performance Schedule: Miller’s Run Elementary School (Sheffield) 10:00 amNewark Street School 12:30 pmThe Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the only professional statewide orchestra providing live musical experiences for listeners in Vermont. It is a state-supported non-profit institution founded in 1935 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 7:00 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • Preschool Screenings Preschool Developmental Screenings May 18th 8:30-11:30 @ Miller’s Run School Call 626-9755 May 19th 8:30-11:30 @ Burke Town School Call 467-3385May 17th 8:30-11:30 & 4-6pm @ Lyndon Town SchoolCall 626-3209
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:04 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • Walk and Roll To School/Walk All Day At School “Walk & Roll to School Day” + “Walk All Day at School Day”Who:      Miller’s Run School Students and Staff[Parents are encouraged to join the Walk & Roll to School group in the morning]When:     Friday, April 28, 2017Where:      Gather at the Sheffield Municipal parking lot beginning at 0740 amWhy:    To promote walking as: a primary means of transportation a choice activity for good health    How does it work?Parents, students and staff will gather at the Municipal building at 0740amParents are encouraged to walk or bike with their child(ren)All bicycle riders MUST wear a properly fitting bicycle helmetSchool Bus students will disembark at the Municipal buildingAdults (wearing reflective vests) will be at the ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2017, 7:03 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • Report cards and parent conferences Report Cards will be sent home by 3/15. Parent (K-4) & student-led conferences (MS) 3/16 and 3/17.         MS sign up here: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Miller_s_Run_School 
    Posted Apr 24, 2017, 10:29 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
  • School Spirit Week--February 20-24th,2017 Dear Parents and Guardians,The student council has put together a fun and exciting spirit week for the kids! The week we have it planned for is February, 20th through February, 24th. Each day has to be school appropriate, this is what the student council has planned:Monday - Super Dress up dayTuesday - Twin dayWednesday - Wacky dayThursday - Spirit day (school colors)Friday - Costume day (Teacher directed, can have hats fee $0.50)We would appreciate if your child participate in this activity. Also on Friday there will be a school wide celebration and one of the activities will be to throw a “pie” at a group of teachers as a fundraiser for student council, the fee will be ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 9:41 AM by mrswebmaster millers run
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Mr. Morton and Mr. Ham speak at Rotary

photo credit: Harman Clark













 


Principal's Message

Miller’s Run School – U.S.D. #37

Serving the student, families and communities of Sheffield and Wheelock, VT

A Safe, Responsible, Learning Community


January 2, 2017


Dear Miller’s Run School community:


Having completed my first six months as principal, I’m pleased to report on what we have been doing here at Miller’s Run School:


First and foremost are our students. Our enrollment, compared to where we were and anticipated to be last June, is up 20 students. We still have room for more in most classes, and this gives us the opportunity to engage in multi-grade activities, such as physical education, music, and art. This gives our young learners the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Miller’s Run scholars who are older and younger than themselves and outside of their typical peer group. I have seen students, who are reserved or perhaps even struggle with their peers, step into leadership and mentoring-type roles when given the opportunity to work with younger pupils. This pays off with increased self-esteem, improved academics and positive behavior for all individuals involved. Furthermore, we have an intentional multi-age program, that we refer to as the Ambassadors, where middle school students help elementary students in reading, writing, math, and other projects, daily during the Enrichment block. This strengthens the knowledge and leadership of the Ambassadors and simultaneously allows teachers to work with small groups, either for remediation, review, or extension of current curricula. In the fine arts department, the students have a rotating art exhibit in my office. We are also making progress in our music program, recently acquiring and rehabilitating donated instruments (which we are still accepting!) and launching our school band instrument lessons. While not every day is perfect, I believe we are making gains as a learning community, both in academics, relationships, and behavior.


Second, we have an excellent staff! Due to resignations we filled a number of support positions last summer. Each new addition to our staff is an asset to our school community. From student support to staff collegiality to professional flexibility, our support staff is great! Our teaching faculty continue to work on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) training. UDL is based on ideas gathered from the study of architecture. As new public buildings are built, they are designed to allow everyone to access the building--universal design. Taking this idea into the school setting, our faculty and staff are in the second year of learning how to reach the students “at the edges,” students who may not be engaged in learning, have trouble taking in new material, who may struggle to demonstrate what they do know or who need to stretch their thinking to levels beyond the curriculum. Our faculty and staff continue to study this topic with in-depth, half-day workshops with a consultant, several times each year. Additionally, we use the UDL lens in our all-faculty meetings, grade level meetings, and educational support team meetings, as we work together to help each learner at Miller’s Run succeed.


Third, with our physical plant, the entire roof has been completed, though we want to add heat tape to minimize ice damming. We have rented a storage unit for collecting recycling and storing equipment. With a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation in honor of Mr. Rashid, the students built an “amphitheater” that we use as an outdoor classroom behind the school.


Fourth, we are working on twenty-first century communication! Besides using email, online documents, video conferencing, and student learning programs, we are also now on Twitter! You can access our Twitter account using #MillersRunVT either with your own account (where you can “follow” us) or without any account, just search using the handle above. We are actively working to keep our website up-to-date at http://millersrun.cnsuschools.org/. Stretching back to the 20th century, we regularly update our physical sign at the end of the driveway with upcoming events.


Finally, I am personally grateful for the opportunity to serve our community as principal of Miller’s Run School. While the challenges are great, and I end up asking for a lot of help and direction, I have truly enjoyed my first six months on the job.  I look forward to our continued growth and improvement in the years to come.


Respectfully submitted,



Patrick L. Ham,  Ed.M.

Principal


MRS Vision

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.”









There's a new Dragon at Miller's Run


This one sits atop our outdoor classroom







Staff at Miller's Run have each selected "one word" that 
represents their experiences and goals for this school year. 
 
Here's what they came up with!





Miller's Run School Calendar

see Athletics tab for basketball schedule

Miller's Run Community Garden in the news

credit: Harman Clark












 Miller's Run School Friday Finale 


Every Friday afternoon Miller's Run students and staff participate in activities that allow for reflection on the week completed and build group spirit, within grade levels and school-wide.









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