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 in our work to strengthen our academic goals around high quality instruction and in an effort to address our areas for growth identified from our learning walks, let us focus our attention to TEI indicator 2.3, Clearly Presents Instructional Content. While there is some direct teaching involved, the students still have an active and primary role other than listening.

Below are the "Look-Fors" that yield proficient or exemplary as outlined in the TEI performance rubric.

Teacher behaviors:

  • Engages students in activities that help them link what they already know to the new content (e.g., preview questions before reading, asking or reminding students what they already know about the topic, providing an advanced organizer)
  • Having students brainstorm
  • Using motivational hook/launching activity (e.g., anecdote, short selection from video)
  • Using a word splash activity to connect vocabulary to upcoming content
  • Verbal or nonverbal techniques such as changing the tone of voice, body position, level of excitement, pacing, saying “this is important” or “write this down”
  • Effective use of technology

Student behaviors:

  • Ask relatively few clarifying questions because they understand the explanations. However, they may ask a number of extension questions because they are engaged in the content and eager to learn more about it
  • Ask higher-order questions and make connections independently

Even though the focus is on the teacher, we can extend this understanding to say that the focus is on the teacher as it relates to the level of student involvement. My challenge to you this week is to employ one of these strategies to implement during lesson delivery.

Thank you for your commitment to Mills and please continue to chase the sparkle.

Parent Conferences, Oct. 13th - Oct. 15th

Teachers may schedule parent conferences during the following times:

- after school Tuesday, October 13th - Thursday, October 15th

- during regularly planning period with the exception of Wednesday, October 14th.

Teachers will be provided a sign in sheet to submit to Ms. Ramirez at the conclusion of the night Thursday. When all of your conferences are complete, you may bring your sign in sheet to the main office and check out for the evening. Teachers are required to be on campus until all conferences are held.

Encourage your parents to sign up early!

Grades 2-5 Math

3 - 5 Math Teachers

ACE Carnegie Learning Mathematics Academy! The next session is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at the Haskell Building from 8:30a - 12:30p. Register in SchoolNet using course #1000002256. Participants will be compensated for their attendance.

2 -4 Math Teachers

The ESTAR Universal Screener will be administered this week. Please adjust your schedules accordingly. You will receive student logins prior to administration.

ALL Teachers of Science

Science Fair

Our Science Fair will be on October 28th. Ms. Garcia is our lead for the Science Fair this year. Please review your email regarding the parameters around projects submission.

  • Projects are due Monday, October 26th to be evaluated and set up for display on Wednesday.
  • 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


Mills' online Scholastic Bookfair has begun! More Selection! More time to shop! No lines! Use your credit card! (All purchases ship to you at school after the fair closes.)

In school book fair will be held October 12-16. I will be sharing the videos and passing out flyers throughout the week to students. Thank you in advance for your support!

"Open a World of Possible" at our Scholastic Book Fair (October 12-16). Check out the book fair videos (and share with your students.) AND shop our online fair

A more detailed schedule will be forthcoming along with student fliers. Thank you in advance for your support as we get our kids excited about reading and help them add books to their personal libraries!

Dear Mills Staff,

I would like to ask everyone to please save your empty coke bottles along with the tops for an upcycle project I’m attempting. There will be a box in the clinic to drop them in at your convenience.

Thank you,

Ms. Pridgen, School Nurse

Mills Munch-a-Lunch Potluck

Friday, Oct. 16th, 10:30am-1pm

1515 Lynn Haven Avenue

Dallas, TX

Room 206, Parent Center is at 10:30 – 1:00 pm

Come eat lunch together at Mills Munch a Lunch! We will use this time to eat, relax and “hang out” together.

We would love to celebrate our time and successes at Roger Q. Mills with a Potluck on October 16 during teachers' lunches.

Please sign up and share your favorite dishes or sides with our Mills mates.

The sign up sheet will be in the Parent Center

Please let us know if you are coming!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Mills Beautification Project

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 9am

1515 Lynn Haven Avenue

Dallas, TX

We are inviting all of our staff to join us for a day of campus beautification. We will also have volunteers on-site to assist.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Vision Clinic

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 8am

1515 Lynn Haven Avenue

Dallas, TX

Forwarded from Health Services:

Your school has been selected to be served by Kid’s Vision for Life (Essilor). This is a highly regarded resource that is being offered to your students. Essilor will provide free exams and glasses (if needed) to your students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS--No After School Program this week. PYA starts next week.

Monday, October 12, 2015

  • 9:00a A-Team Meeting in the Conference Room
  • 1:30 - 2:30p Instructional Content Meeting in the Conference Room
  • Nurse Pridgen OOO all day
  • 4:15p Faculty Meeting in the Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

  • Parent Conferences
  • Principal for a Day--Welcome Mr. Michael Davis of Davis Business Services
  • Christenson OOO all day

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

  • Parent Conferences
  • Grade level meetings in Room 310 during planning periods. Topic: Accommodations and Modifications for Grades 1 -5. Presenter: Christopher Owen, DISD Special Education Department
  • 3-4p Nurse Pridgen OOO

Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • PAYDAY!!
  • Parent Conferences

Friday, October 16, 2015

  • Grade level honor roll assemblies held during Specials
  • VIP Jaguar Party
  • 10:30a - 1p Mills Munch-a-Lunch Potluck in Room 206