newsletter from the office

Dear families,

Despite the five days of uncomfortable heat, our students still have smiles on their faces and seem to be enjoying their days. Our school is an amazing environment focused on creativity and it is very exciting to see our students talents shine each day.

This newsletter is one of our school’s primary communication tools. We use it to share important information, solicit help, and to inform you about upcoming events. You will receive the bulletin in your email on Fridays throughout the school year. This bulletin is in no way all-inclusive in the information shared. I would like to advise that each of you also take a few minutes to visit our school website to check out other Miller South News.

This upcoming week proves to be another hot one. Our PTA is hosting a COOLDOWN WEEK. Students are invited to wear cooler clothing paired with a theme. As always, please assure that your children are wearing appropriate length bottoms, modest fitting tops, and closed toed shoes. If students choose to not participate, school uniforms must be worn. See the information below for more information.

Thank you for your continued support in our school and thank you for sharing your children with us. They are the best part of our day!

Happy Labor Day. Have a great 3-day weekend!

Maria Meeker


Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts

open office hours: Friday 3:15-4:30 P.M.


Monday, September 3

1.) No school. Happy Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 4

1.) Q1 Standards-Based Assessments

2.) PTA Sponsored Cooldown apparel (Athletic, jean knee-length shorts/skirts/skorts and Pink-and black T-shirts or Miller South T-shirts)

Wednesday, September 5

1.) Q1 Standards-Based Assessments

2.) PTA Sponsored Cooldown apparel (Athletic, jean knee-length shorts/skirts/skorts, and Miller South T-shirts)

Thursday, September 6

1.) Q1 Standards-Based Assessments

2.) PTA Sponsored Cooldown apparel (Athletic, jean knee-length shorts/skirts/skorts, and Sports T-Shirt/Jersey or Miller South T-shirts)

Friday, September 7

1.) Q1 Standards-Based Assessments

2.) PTA Sponsored Cooldown apparel (Athletic, jean knee-length shorts/skirts/skorts, and your favorite color T-shirt or Miller South T-shirts)

3.) Band Field Trip to Firestone High School


September 11-14: Q1 Standards-Based Assessments

September 11- PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dining Hall

September 12- AYP Auditions

September 17-21: Scholastic Book Fair

September 18-19: Fall Play Auditions

September 20: Interim Pickup/ 4th-grade Meeting 5:00 p.m.


Welcome back to another amazing year at Miller South. Now is the time to join our awesome team and be a part of the exciting adventure the PTA has planned. Our PTA meetings are set for the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 PM in the dining hall. Our goal is to create an environment to involve our families in events and activities that support our students, teachers, and classrooms. We welcome and appreciate your input and participation, even if your schedule will not allow you to participate in our monthly meetings.

Attached is our PTA membership form, please fill it out and return it to school with your membership fee. You can send it in with your student and give to their homeroom teacher, they will get it into our mailbox. We look forward to having you on our team.

In addition, our new theme shirt is on sale NOW. We are circling the globe with kindness. Order forms are in the office as well as attached here. Orders can be placed until September 21. Send in your completed order form with your payment (cash or checks made out to Miller South PTA) These shirts are acceptable wear for Miller South T-Shirt Wednesdays.

This upcoming week proves to be another hot one. PTA is hosting a COOLDOWN WEEK. Students are invited to wear cooler clothing paired with a theme. As always, please assure that your children are wearing appropriate length bottoms, modest fitting tops, and closed toed shoes. If students choose to not participate, school uniforms must be worn. See specific daily wear, below.

And finally, PTA is bringing back REFLECTIONS! Not sure what that is? Stay tuned, more details coming soon. Thank you for supporting the PTA. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please email us at

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We encourage our families to participate in these easy passive fundraisers. They are hardly any work on your end but provide a monetary incentive for PTA. We use this money to help support classroom needs for our children.
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Our Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the Miller South Gallery beginning Monday, September 17- Friday, September 21. The Book Fair will be open during Interim Pick-Up night on September 20th.

We need volunteers to make it successful. It's fun, it puts books in classrooms and the school library, and it gets kids excited about reading. Please help us out. Sign up for volunteering at the link below.


Congratulations the 2018-19 Miller South Steelband! The audition process is a difficult one, but it is part of being a musician! Come to check out their first performance at the Community Open House on Nov 1.

JJ DeGroff

Sophie Mihalovic

Lexi Melton

Akia Burton

Maria Flores

Lindsey Chapman

Carley Orosz

Jaden Miller

Leanna Nkrumah

Logan McIntosh

Jaylen Brunson

Annabelle Sklarek


Audition information about the fall play, Stories of the Kindertransport, will be available for all students starting Monday, August 27th. Sign up sheets will be posted that Wednesday. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Funk at


Practices are Monday through Thursday from 3:45-5:15 at Hardesty Park. There is still time to join! Just come to practice or email Coach Tammy Singer at .

4th grade Weathervane Auditions



Parents are encouraged to sign up for Remind 101 to receive text announcements from Mrs. Lattimer regarding math.

--- for Math 7 text @7mathms to 81010

--- for Math 6 text @6mathadv to 81010

--- for Pre-Alg 7 @prealg7ms to 81010


Opportunity for Visual Art Students: On Tuesday, September 11, from 6:30-9 PM, there will be a live model series at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, in collaboration with Ballet Excel Ohio. Miller South dance students will be modeling for the event. Any Miller South Art students who may be interested in exercising their talents with a live model are welcome! Students will have the reduced rate of a $5 entry fee for the session. CVAC is located at 2131 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls. The center is directed by former Miller South and Firestone art student, Danielle Dieterich. Students should bring their sketchbooks and a variety of drawing materials.

The link to the Facebook event page for more information and all future live model dates is below.


Students in Mrs. Sherman's 5th-grade class are to have 30 minutes a night of Khan Academy and Prodigy. Our other families are encouraged to have their children participate in these programs to bridge the home-school-connection.


The City of Akron continues to host local jazz concerts outdoors at Lock 4 Wednesdays, now through August 29. Also, Live at Lock 4 will take place Thursday, September 27, when you may enjoy after-work local entertainment, food trucks, games, drinks and more. Admission is free to all Lock 4 events. The Lock 4 entrance is located on Bowery Street between Lock 3 and the Akron Civic Theatre. Keep up with Lock 4 events here >>.


Now through September 30, contemporary art enthusiasts from around the world will flock to Northeast Ohio for the inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Curated Storefront, a public art entity, will debut a new series of window installations (the work of more than 30 artists in more than 40 street-level windows) in Akron as part of the Knight Foundations’ Arts Challenge. Visit to learn more about the project, view a map of the storefronts and their locations, and learn more about the artists. Special events, such as guided tours and artists talks, will be held and posted on the Facebook page @CuratedStorefront. Events are free with an RSVP.


Wandering Aesthetics, Gum-Dip Theatre and Dunamis Theatre will hold the grand re-opening of The Akron Center for Art, Music & Performance (The Center) at 118 W. Market St. September 1. The event includes an open house (noon-6 p.m.) and the 37th edition of the Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret (an open mic-style cabaret) beginning at 8 p.m. The open house is free, but the Electric Pressure Cooker is asking audience members for a $5 cover charge or pay what you can at the door. Pay your cover ahead of time or pre-register for your 12-minute slot as a performer at 330.612.3090 or All varieties of acts and all levels of experience are welcome. The venue offers an emcee, house drum kit, keyboard, stage, lighting and sound system. Coffee, tea, water, wine and beer will be available; and outside food is permitted. For more information, email The Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret will occur regularly on the first Saturday of every month at The Center.


South Korean pianist Joyce Yang will present a MainStage concert at E.J. Thomas Hall (198 Hill St.) September 11 at 7:30 p.m. (concert conversation takes place at 6:30 p.m.). Single ticket prices are $25, $40 and $45; and student tickets are free for all Tuesday Musical concerts. Season subscriptions are also available. Call 330.761.3460, or visit


The Les Violons Du Roy concert (with Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor) takes place at E.J. Thomas Hall (198 Hill St.) October 16 at 7:30 p.m. (concert conversation at 6:30 p.m.). This MainStage string concert specialized in music for chamber orchestra and spans works from Handel to Glass. For tickets or more information, call 330.761.3460, or visit


Visit Derby Downs for Family Day September 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for food, entertainment, rides down the track (helmets provided) and visits to the Hall of Fame Museum. Free tickets are available at Legacy Motors of Akron (1277 Home Ave.). For more information, visit


The University of Akron’s Kulas Concert Series kicks off its 2018-19 season with a keyboard tribute to Claude Debussy on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. in the School of Music’s Guzzetta Recital Hall, 157 University Ave. Guest pianists Mark Nixon and Caroline Oltmanns join UA faculty pianists Philip Thomson, Mayumi Kikuchi, James Wilding, faculty saxophonist Todd Gaffke, and faculty bass-baritone Frank Ward.

With “a great spirit and nimble fingers,” (Pretoria News), Nixon is a sought-after concerto performer and soloist throughout Europe and South Africa. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, University of South Africa (UNISA), the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

An International Steinway Artist, Steinway Spirio Recording Artist, Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Stipendium der deutschen Wirtschaft, Oltmanns is Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University and holds degrees from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Tickets are $12 general, $6 for non-UA students and free for UA students with Zip Cards. For more information, contact 330.972.8301 or

The Kulas Concert Series is the UA School of Music's signature series, supported by the Cleveland-based Kulas Foundation, showcasing stellar guest, faculty and student artists.