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August 26, 2015

Dear Families and Community Members,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year next week!  The band is practicing outside my window and that always heralds the beginning of the new school year. I hope you were able to spend some time relaxing and connecting as families this summer. Although it’s been a hectic summer here, we are pleased with all that we have accomplished to prepare for a wonderful school year. Teachers have been preparing their classrooms and there has been non-stop activity all summer! Students report to school on September 2nd and we can hardly wait!

Last week we welcomed nine faculty members at our New Teacher Orientation. While we are saddened to lose veteran staff members to retirement or relocation, I am thrilled with the quality of our new hires! They bring a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and new perspectives with them. After a two-day crash course in Millis expectations, curriculum and culture, all of our new hires have mentioned that they were drawn to Millis due to the strong educational program and a collaborative culture focused on personalizing learning for maximum student well-being as well as achievement. Please see the New Staff Biographies on our website for more information.

Welcome to new faculty members!

I’d like to introduce to you several new faculty members who are joining our “Small School, Big Family”

 

Teaching Staff

 

Rachel Alan returns to teaching after being at home with her children for the last 6 years. Prior to joining Millis she taught in the Walpole Public School System. Ms. Alan holds a Masters degree from Plymouth State University, and a Bachelors degree from The College of the Holy Cross. She will replace Ms. Dorrie Verdy who retired after 34 years of service to Millis Public Schools.

 

Celeste Falcone comes to Millis from Prospect Hill Academy Upper Elementary School in Somerville. Ms. Falcone served as the library media specialist for three hundred fourth –sixth grade students. She holds a Masters degree from Ohio State University, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Ms. Falcone replaces Ms. Laura Conner in the Middle School as a .5 Art teacher.

Kevin Laux will be teaching Social Studies in the Middle School as the long-term sub for Ms. Kelly Rao who will be on maternity leave this year.  Mr. Laux comes to Millis from Wellesley Public Schools where he was a teaching assistant in the learning center. Prior to that Mr. Laux taught in the Belmont, Brookline and Needham School Systems. Mr. Laux holds a Masters degree from Simmons College, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Christopher Nardone has completed a licensure program at Framingham State University.  Mr. Nardone also holds a Masters degree from Northeastern, and a Bachelor degree from Stonehill College.  Mr. Nardone has taught in Framingham and Newton.  Mr. Nardone will be teaching grade 4 at the Clyde Brown School.

High School Class Day & Graduation

You can view our Class Day and Graduation ceremonies live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/millisevents

Class Day begins at 12:15 today and Graduation will start at 6:30.

New SAT and PSAT Coming for the Class of 2017

The SAT is changing again, as is the PSAT, and those changes will affect the Class of 2017.  The entire Class of 2017 will take the re-designed PSAT on October 14, 2015, in preparation for the new SAT, which will be administered for the first time in March of 2016.  We are excited to announce that Millis High School has entered into an agreement with the College Board for this fall, which is giving us the ability to offer the PSAT to our entire junior class at no charge.  For complete information on the re-design and what students can expect from the new exams, please visit t

MILLIS EXTENDED DAY SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION

The Millis Extended Day Summer Program is offering six theme weeks full of fun activities and field trips this summer.  Early registration is through May 15.  As always, the Program is open to residents of other communities. 

Further details can be found on-line at this link.

Voters approve the Clyde Brown MSBA Project

The voters approved the Clyde Brown MSBA project yesterday 359 to 285.  The next step is a special Town Meeting at 7:30 on March 9th in the MS/HS Auditorium. Please view the information to the right as well as the three videos titled "CFB Building Rationale", CFB Project -  Ed Rationale" and "CFB Project School Committee" which can be viewed at the following link  http://www.millisps.org/cotw

Millis Mohawk Writers Magazine 2015 & Showcase Slideshow!

Thank you to our terrific Middle School Writers! After several months of meetings, writing, and peer-editing, they succeeded in creating an awesome magazine!

Here are the Middle School Students who were part of this group:

Baille Burke, Ally Burke, Callie Cassidy, Kaylie Corsi, Tess Day, Michaela Hafford, Kenyatta Harris, Phoebe LaRose, Caroline Lebak, Casey O'Toole, Bridget Welch, Rachel Geddes, Katharine White, Maria Viana.

Please read the attached copy of their hard work! 

***New! Check out the Showcase Slideshow, too!******

MSBA Information Session rescheduled to February 3rd

The Clyde F. Brown MSBA Information Session, originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 3rd from 10:30 - 12:00 at the Millis Public Library

A special election is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd and a special town meeting on Monday, March 9th. Voters will be asked to decide on whether or not to fund a $1 million district-wide feasibility study. ~

Clyde F. Brown MSBA Project Update- 1-6-15

At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted their intent to hold both a special election on February 23, 2015 and a special town meeting on March 9, 2015 to fund a feasibility study under a 2013 grant proposal submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for renovation and repairs to the Clyde F. Brown School.

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