The Mills Messenger

Every scholar matters and every moment counts!

Tonya S. Clark, Principal

Gerardo Hernandez, Assistant Principal

Sharri C. Zachary, Assistant Principal

Mission Statement

The mission of Roger Q. Mills Elementary School is to provide a quality education for ALL students that supports academic achievement, promotes integrity, builds healthy self-esteem, embraces intrinsic motivation, and encourages successful study habits. Our goal is to develop college-ready students who will be contributing successors in our communities and beyond.

Principal's Message:

As we continue to work each day to ensure students are successful at Mills, regardless of the circumstances; I found this poem and thought it offered a great perspective and reminder for our work.

Cause I Ain't Got a Pencil

by Joshua T. Dickerson

I woke myself up

Because we ain't got an alarm clock

Dug in the dirty clothes basket,

Cause ain't nobody washed my uniform

Brushed my hair and teeth in the dark,

Cause the lights ain't on

Even got my baby sister ready,

Cause my mama wasn't home

Got us both to school on time,

To eat us a good breakfast.

Then when I got to class the teacher fussed

Cause I ain't got a pencil.

Thank you again for all that you do to support our students each and every day both academically and socioemotionally.

Grades 3 - 5 Reading & Writing

K-2 Reading Language Arts Teachers

Ace K-2 Literacy Training! This week’s session is schooled for Monday, November 16th at Pease ES from 4:15- 5:45 PM. Class coverage will be provided for teachers attending this training. See you there!

4th Grade Writing Academy on Thursday, December 3rd at the Haskell Building from 3p -5p.

In addition to bringing the Writing Academy folders/binders, please bring an example of an essay scored a 1, 2 and 3 for review during our training. They also are welcome to bring any other essays that they would like a second opinion about.

ALL Teachers of Science

City of Dallas Environment Education Initiative (EEI) Lessons

Please mark your calendars for when the City of Dallas EEI team will be coming to your classroom for fun-filled and engaging science lessons:



November 23rd -Recycling

November 24th -Water Conservation

  • KB - 9:00 - 9:45a
  • KC -11:15a - 12:00p
  • KE -1:15 - 2:00p

Grade 5

November 20th -Water Conservation

  • 5A –9:00 – 9:45a
  • 5C –9::45 – 10:30a
  • 5D – 11:00 – 11:45a

November 30th - Recycling

  • 5A –9:00 – 9:45a
  • 5C –9:45 – 10:30a
  • 5D – 11:00 – 11:45a

Science Fair "Remix"

After review of the school calendar, a final date for project submission has been set for November 23rd. Please support Ms. Garcia, Ms. Garmon, Mr. Rotibi, Mr. Oliver, and Ms. Wallace-McMillian as they work with our students to resubmit their projects in the upcoming weeks.

  • Science Fair "Remix" set for November 23rd.
  • Mandatory for Fifth grade students. Optional for the other grades.
  • Pre-K through Second grade students can make a class project or team projects.
  • Third and Fourth grade students can make team or individual projects.
  • Fifth grade students can only make individual projects.

Library Spotlight

Accelerated Reader Highlights!

The grade level trophy goes to . . . . . . (last week's winner please pass to this week's winner)

1C--Mrs. Bailey-Lard

2A--Mr. Munoz

3B--Mr. Mendoza

4th-no quizzes (please return trophy to library)

5th an extremely competitive week, winner: 5D Mrs. Shannon

Please continue to encourage students to return their signed blue forms.


Accelerated Reader (FAQ's)

Need to know if a book has a quiz? Check out

How do I log in, how do I delete a quiz, where do I get my reports?

Username: (first initial, last name): fname, Password: mills1 at first log-in, will be prompted to change password. Look for Record Books and Goals or Reports under Accelerated Reader to pull most commonly used data. See Ms. Vlach for assistance.


Brainpop is getting a new look!

Reminder that Mills login information is as follows-

Username: Millsdisd

Password: Dallasisd

Remedy Force

No login servers available? Printer not printing? Laptop not connecting to wifi? Please submit a ticket in remedy force to get your issue resolved.

Counselor's Corner

National Anti-Bullying Week is November 16th-20th. We will celebrate with activities throughout the week.

On Tuesday, November 17th, there will be two Anti-Bullying assemblies.

  • 9:00a Grades 1 & 2
  • 10:00a Grades 3 - 5

Our guest will be officers from the Dallas Police Department.

Dress up attire for the week:

Monday -Twin Day: Friends don't let friends bully

Tuesday -Blue Shirt Day: Take a stand against bullies

Wednesday -Pajamas Day: Follow your dreams to the NO bully zone

Thursday -Jersey Day: Team up against bullies!

Friday -Western Day: Jaguars give bullying the boot!


Monday, November 16, 2015

  • Anti-bullying: Twin Day-Friends don't let friends bully
  • 9:00a A-Team Meeting in the Conference Room
  • 1:30 - 2:30p Instructional Content Meeting in the Conference Room
  • 4:15 - 5:45p ACE K-2 Literacy Cadre @ Pease ES
  • 4:15 - 5:30p RLA PD, Grades 3 - 5, Rm. 310
  • 4:15 - 5:30p Math PD, Grades 2 - 5, Rm. 318
  • Garza OOO at training

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

  • Report Cards go home in Tuesday folders
  • Anti-bullying: Blue Shirt Day -Take a stand against bullies
  • Campus learning walks
  • Anti-bullying Assemblies: 9:00a -Grades 1 & 2, 10:00a -Grades 3 -5
  • 2:00p ARD (Zachary & Deamer)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

  • Anti-bullying: Pajamas Day -Follow your dreams to the NO bullying zone!
  • Clark OOO 1p - 4p

Thursday, November 19, 2015

  • Anti-bullying: Jersey Day -Team up against bullies
  • SST meetings per schedule sent last week during planning periods
  • Campus learning walks
  • 4p - 6p Health Fair/Family Fun Night
  • 6p - 7p PTA MEETING
  • Christenson OOO all day

Friday, November 20, 2015

  • Anti-bullying: Western Day -Jaguars give bullying the boot
  • Six weeks awards held during Specials; Teachers are welcomed to attend
  • 3:00p VIP Jaguar Party: Ice Cream Social in the Cafeteria