newsletter from the office

Dear families,

It was great to see so many of you yesterday at Orientation. The lazy days of summer are just about over. I hope that you have been able to spend time together as a family making memories and celebrating our beautiful weather. We at Miller South are looking forward to a great start to the school year in just a few days.

Please participate in the parent survey below. The results will be shared with you and used in collaboration with our PTA to help guide our parent priorities for this school year.

I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families. Together we will make this school year one of growth, achievement, and creativity for all of our students.

Maria Meeker


Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts

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





The entrance doors are opened at 7:30 AM. Arriving students should report directly to their assigned homeroom seats in the auditorium or to the dining room to enjoy a free breakfast. Please do not bring any food or drink (including gum and candy) into the auditorium. To avoid traffic jams on East Ave., please be aware there are two building entrances open in the morning:

1. Door #3 is located at the back of the building on the East side. To get to Door #3, enter the driveway from East Avenue and continue around the building to the back side. At the door, please pull up as far as you can so that three cars can unload at once. After dropping off your child, the traffic pattern continues around the building to Howe Street. From there, jog left onto Celina, then right onto Thornton.

2. Door #12 is located by the gym. To get to the Door #12 from Thornton Ave., turn left onto Celina. The school is one block ahead.

To ensure the safety of our students and to prevent accidents, there are two important safety precautions:

1. Cars are not permitted to stop at Door #1 to drop off students. Only students who ride Metro or who walk to school may enter the building at the elevator doors.

2. At no time should a student be dropped off in front of the school on either side of East Avenue.


Students are dismissed from school at 3:00 PM. and are expected to wait for parental pickup outside of the school. It is expected that parents will pick-up their children promptly. If you cannot be at school by 3:20 PM, please make arrangements for after-school care for your child. At 3:20 PM any remaining students will be waiting in the office, and parents must come to the office to sign-out their child. If students are staying after school for rehearsals, sponsoring teachers will notify families in advance of the dismissal time and the pick-up location.

Students are assigned exit doors as follows: fourth and fifth graders exit through the Door #1 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and carpools with mixed ages exit through the Door #12. Drivers, please help us keep our children safe: drive slowly, and watch out for students crossing in front of and behind your vehicle.

Any students walking to the Summit County Library after school are to exit from Door #1


Dress Expectations

Miller South School will follow the Akron Public Schools Student Dress Code.

Tops: Any solid color polo or button-up shirts; small logo

Bottoms: Solid Black, Navy or Beige Pants (Modest fit, no tight clothing), Shorts, Skorts and Skirts (young women). Length of skirts, shorts or skorts must be closer to the knee than to the mid-thigh.

Leggings or Jeggings can be only be worn underneath shorts, skorts, skirts, or dresses of the appropriate length.

Footwear: Students must wear a shoe that fully covers the foot, to ensure safety. NO open-toed shoes.

Wednesday T-shirt day: Students will be allowed to wear a Miller South T-shirt from a sponsored club, interest area or Miller South event (i.e., field day, class trip) every Wednesday in lieu of uniform shirts. Students who do not wear approved T-shirts on Wednesday are to wear school uniforms.

Black Miller South T-Shirts are to be worn for any curricular activity outing (field trip.) The school does not provide a t-shirt on loan for days students are on field trips. Students must be responsible to remember to wear their assigned clothing for curricular activities and trips.

Jeans Days: The Miller South team will approve a day or days for student to wear jeans to school. This will be in alignment with school-sponsored activities and Positive Behavior Incentives. Uniform shirts should be worn unless directed/permitted to wear non-uniform shirts. Jeans may not be torn, ripped or have holes. Skin should not been seen through jeans. Jeggings are not permitted on “jeans days”

Sleepwear and sweatpants are not permitted to be worn to school.

Hair and hair accessories must not create a distraction to education.

Students shall not have visible body piercings other than earrings

This is the school supply list for the 2018-2019 school year. Please review it, and make sure your child is prepared with supplies for his or her classes.



August 18, 2018

PorchRockr' Festival

August 18, 2018

Summit for Kids

11:00 a.m. Show Choir Performance

John S Knight Center

August 20, 2018

Theater Picnic

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

6:00 P.M.

August 23, 2018

First Day of School


Please make sure your child is prepared for success by completing the summer work assignments. These assignments were emailed out to families at the end of the school year.

*There is no summer work assigned to incoming 4th-grade students.

Please contact the teacher below if you have questions regarding the assignments.

Grade 5 Reading - Mrs. Hazlett-

Grade 5 Math- Mrs. Sherman- lsherman@apslearns

Grade 6 Math- Mr. Marxen-

Grade 6, 7, 8 Language Arts - Mrs. Skidmore-

Grade 7 & 8 Math- Mrs. Lattimer-

*There is no summer work assigned to incoming 4th-grade students.

  • Upcoming 5th-grade math:

Upcoming 5th Grade Summer Math Assignment

  • Upcoming 5th-grade reading:

Upcoming 5th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

  • Upcoming 7th and 8th-grade summer math:

7th and 8th Grade Summer Math Assignment

  • Upcoming 6,7,8th-grade summer reading:

The code for the Google Classroom for summer reading is ln00e6 (Lower case L, Lower case n, zero, zero, Lower case e, six.) You need to go into your APS portal and go to “join class” to join this class.)


Steel Drum Band Auditions are open to all 7th and 8th graders who are available during the 9th period. The audition will be both days and students should attend both days. They should check in with their study hall teachers and then come down to the panyard (which is near the gym). Some students, like show choir and jazz band members, would be unable to participate, as it is a conflict.

Monday, Aug 27 - 9th period

Tuesday, Aug 28 - 9th period


Come run with Miller South. Join the 2018 Cross Country Team. Call (330) 604-6554 or email
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Miller South Dance Ensemble performed at the American Dance Festival in Cleveland on Saturday, July 28th! Miller South was 1 of only 9 schools from the Northeast Ohio Area who were chosen to perform at their Student Showcase.