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Apropos of the season, I am reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor upon recommendation of one of our teachers. The author is a Harvard professor who has done years of research on the positive affects that happiness, gratitude and optimism have on our personal and work lives. He cites the work of psychologist Robert Emmons, who “has found that few things in life are as integral to our well-being as gratitude…. Consistently grateful people are more energetic, emotionally intelligent, forgiving, and less likely to be depressed, anxious, or lonely.
Our talented Video Production students are now producing a show called Millis 2020 that showcases what is happening currently in the schools to reach our vision of providing greater personalization of learning and a focus on the 21st century skills that students need to become leaders in a complex, global, innovation economy.
The Millis Public School District Improvement Plan reflects a deepening of our quest to provide an educational environment and program that ensures that every student becomes life-long learners and leaders who will contribute to a changing and complex 21st century global society.
Millis Public Schools Vision for Personalizing Learning:
Dear Millis Community,
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!
Secretary of Education Matt Malone visited Millis on Dec. 11th and expressed amazement at what dynamic teaching and engaged learning he saw everywhere he went. We started in the CFB computer lab where Ms. Tashian's students were learning computer programming with Hour of Code with Ms. Granchelli.
Then we were on to second grade and visited Math in Spanish Immersion,
On Saturday, November 15th the Millis Public Schools and Millis Public Library honored Millis veterans with a program that included the Millis Marching Band, Millis Boy Scout Troop 15 for the Presentation of Colors and John Wypyszinski as Master of Ceremonies. Presentations by Millis Veterans Fred Dietzel and Cynthia Harris spoke about their experiences in the Korean Conflict and the USAF Reserve .