Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
Whether you’re a new parent to Mills or a returning one, welcome! There are many exciting things happening at Mills this year that I would like to share with you. An exciting change happening this year is the implementation of a seven period, modified block bell schedule with a daily advisory. This schedule creates more equity for students in that it allows them to take the courses they need and avoid those they don’t need. For the first time in quite a while, students will have an opportunity to take year-long elective courses to deepen their skill sets in those areas. Math and English teachers are approaching their intervention classes with a growth mindset. They are creating classes that engage students and offer them a sense of accomplishment. Our daily advisory will be infused with activities, led by our Advisory Council Team (ACT), that connect students to school in new and exciting ways.
The middle school years bring many challenges to our youth. This is a time of change: developmentally, physically, and emotionally. Students begin to assert their independence. Although we have to give them the room to grow, we must also maintain boundaries, structure and consistency. There will be challenges along the way, but there will also be successes. I encourage all families to stay actively involved with the school. Throughout the year there will be many opportunities to attend events and connect with the staff, as well as to volunteer.
Please take some time to review the student planner with your child. It contains important information about our school. It is also a tool that will teach him or her valuable skills, such as organization and time management, which will help as your child makes his or her was through middle school and prepares for high school.
Remember, communication is a critical aspect of your child’s success. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the assistant principals, counselors, teachers, office staff or me. Together, we strive to support all of our students on their journey through middle school so they will gain the skills they will need to be successful when they move on to high school.
Mrs. Carrigan, Principal