Miller’s Run School
A Safe, Responsible learning community
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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 wins again at the
Annual Bridge Building Competition at Lyndon Institute
The Overall Winner and the Best Resistance Factor award went to Dylan Williams and Jarrett Petterson
Michelle Lapoint, Ariel Kittredge, and Kate Gallant took second place and
Brooklyn Avery-Hale won fourth overall
In all Miller's Run submitted 11 bridges.
All of them placed in the top third of entries in this year's competition.
Good job everyone!
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Miller’s Run School
A Safe, Responsible, learning community
3249 VT Rte. 122 Telephone: 802-626-9755
January 9, 2015
Dear Residents of Wheelock and Sheffield:
Our students’ learning has also included participation in various social and educational activities, such as monthly assemblies, concerts, field trips, etc. Their accomplishments beyond the classroom are numerous, with outstanding performance in Regional Middle School Bridge Building competition, K-8 participation in ‘Bully Prevention Week’, ‘Walk to School’, fire drills, evacuations, and safe school lock downs. Middle school students also volunteer instructional time in the lower grades and this school year fourth grade has partnered in learning with our pre-school students.
The general behavior of our students throughout the school is directed by the implementation of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Program, modeled by the school staff in an exemplary manner. The success of this program has earned Miller’s Run School statewide recognition as a Purple Ribbon winner for the second consecutive year. PBIS uses discipline data to positively reinforce appropriate behavior. This data clearly shows a significant drop in inappropriate behaviors for the past two years. PBIS behavioral education is further reinforced by two other nationally recognized programs: Developmental Design and Responsive Classroom which enable students to advocate for their individual rights while contributing to the effective development of different groupings, such as grade level, interclass, multi-grade, and school wide. The benefits of these social and emotional supports are evidenced throughout all grades as our students have shown academic gains in all assessments administered through out the school.
The staff at Miller’s Run School take our responsibility of providing our students a wholesome education seriously, demonstrated through our personal and professional behavior. We are a group of educators who have formed closed-knit professional bonds that foster individual excellence and an ability to interact positively for the optimal benefit of our students, our school, and our community. In the classrooms the lessons delivered are well prepared and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students. Integration of technology in all subjects and throughout all grades has been assured due to the availability of appropriate materials, resources, and staff’s willingness to train in, and employ, these tools for instructional improvement.
At the conclusion of last school year we increased teacher participation in the school improvement team from four to six teachers and met throughout the summer of 2014. The summer work of this team yielded two major changes to the students’ schedule and some changes to professional teams. One of these changes is the inclusion of a school-wide enrichment block just before lunch, enabling us to provide remedial and enrichment support to all students. The assessment data clearly shows a positive correlation to this block for student support. The second schedule change is a product of necessity and demonstrates our desire to teach students the importance of reflection. We have created a 30 to 45 minute block called Friday Finale to reflect on the week’s learning. The last Friday Finale of the month is dedicated to school-wide assemblies, while the other Friday Finales of the month focus on class-wide or multi class-wide activities. Please be sure to visit our school website for some pictures of these activities. Changes have been made to staff’s scheduled professional development work during and after the school day. All of these changes are designed to improve the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students with maximum input from all involved in a thoughtful and organized manner. The first half of this school year has shown these changes to be prudent and productive.
Our community’s continued support has been evident throughout the year starting with a great turnout at the second annual Welcome Back Dragon’s event. Participation at music concerts has been outstanding as we pack the multipurpose room each time. Parental support throughout the school year, during fieldtrips, during Winter Activities, during projects such as third grade’s Historic Buildings Gingerbread Houses, Open House, Parent Teacher Conferences, and in every day events of the school are the backbone of our school. Our community garden is an example of our students’ community service and provides fresh vegetables at no cost to our senior citizens. We thank the staff and community members leading this great initiative. Our eighth grade students also had the great opportunity to participate in providing lunch to our senior citizens.
It is important to recognize all individuals who contribute their personal time to volunteer for Miller’s Run School. On behalf of our students and staff, I thank you. I also thank our dedicated school board members who not only strive to meet the educational needs of all students optimally, but also do so with a sincere regard for the cost to the taxpayers. It is with this balancing act in mind that we are purposing to reduce a classroom teacher for the upcoming school year. I encourage you to attend the school board meetings on third Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. in our school’s Art and Music Room.
“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 Calendar
Friday Finale Pig Race
Just before the holiday break, the drama of the annual Pig Race returned.
The video demonstrates the level of excitement and the speed of the contestants. Congratulations to the Fifth Grade, whose winning pig can be seen scooting to a victory below.
Pig Race 2014
Miller's Run School Friday Finale 10/17/2014
Friday Finale 10-17-2014
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