The Miller Minute
The Parent Newsletter of Bob Miller Middle School
December 8, 2023
From the Principal's Desk...
As we approach the holiday break, I am filled with gratitude for our incredible school community. The dedication and collaboration among students, parents, teachers, and staff have made this year truly special.
Your support and engagement have contributed to a positive and nurturing learning environment. The resilience and spirit displayed by each member of our community have been inspiring. Together, we have faced challenges, celebrated achievements, and created lasting memories.
As we embark on the holiday season, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your continued commitment to the success and well-being of our students. Your involvement is the heartbeat of our school, and I am proud to be a part of such an exceptional community.
Wishing you all a joyful holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished moments with loved ones. Thank you for making Miller Middle School a place where learning flourishes and community thrives.
As Winter Break begins at the end of the week, this will be our last parent newsletter of 2023. We will send our next edition in January. Additionally, the campus will be closed to parents and students during Winter Break and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
Yours in Learning,
Miller Middle School
Students in high school credit bearing classes will participate in semester exams during the week of December 11, 2023. Your student's teacher(s) will communicate with them as to the specific dates and times of their exams. High school credit bearing classes include Algebra, Geometry, French I, Spanish I, and Spanish II on the Miller campus.
Lost and Found Items
CCSD Districtwide Survey
The annual Districtwide Survey for parents/guardians through Friday, December 15, 2023. The survey is intended to provide information for Clark County School District (CCSD) and schools regarding progress toward CCSD priorities and to comply with the requirements of the Board of School Trustees and the Nevada Department of Education. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is a vital part of CCSD’s annual self-assessment.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to submit their 2023–2024 Districtwide Parent/Guardian Survey online using a computer, laptop, or other mobile device at https://www.ccsd.net/survey. Any parent/guardian with children in the school is eligible to take the survey. Parents will need their child's student ID number, which can be obtained on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
Parent Information Meetings
The Miller Administrative Team hosts Parent Information Meetings each month via Google Meet. Our most recent meeting was on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. If you missed that meeting, the agenda from it is linked. Our next parent information meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 via Google Meet.
SOL T-Shirt & Hoodie Sales
Students and parents can pre-order T-shirts from the new Student Organization of Latinos (SOL). Those wishing to purchase a shirt can do so in the banker's office by December 8, 2023. T-shirts cost $20.00 and hoodies will be sold for $30.00. For more information and to view the shirt design, CLICK HERE.
Student Academic Plans
Each year, secondary students, parents/guardians, and counselors work together to develop and/or update a student’s Academic Plan. The plan should reflect the student’s interests, abilities, and goals and should include rigorous and relevant coursework/experiences. In addition, each year the plan must be approved by the parent/guardian, the student, and the school counselor. Our counselors have met with each student to develop and/or update the plan.
CLICK HERE for directions on how to approve your child's Academic Plan using your parent portal in Infinite Campus.
Please remember, this is not the exact class schedule for the student, only a road map. Students will get the opportunity to register for their exact classes in the spring of 2023.
If you have questions, please contact the appropriate grade level counselor:
Lauren Argier-6th grade counselor @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Patti Edwards - 7th grade counselor @ email@example.com
Lori Florian-8th grade counselor @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Miller's Zen Den
The Counseling Department is excited to open the Zen Den during the school day for additional support for our students with friendship concerns, handling stress, conflict resolution, attendance, and coping skills just to name a few areas. See below for more details.
This will be informal discussions facilitated by the counseling team based on a daily topic and held during all three lunches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Students can sign up via Canvas and QR codes posted around campus. Groups are limited to 15 participants per lunch.
These groups will be customized to student needs and will require parent consent. Please remember that lessons are designed as mini social skills lessons not therapeutic services. If you are interested in your child participating in a small group please click on the link below to fill out the attached Google Form and Mrs. Johnson will contact you as soon as possible.
CCSD magnet school applications are now open and the deadline for the 2024-2025 school is January 9, 2024. This begs the question....WHAT IS A MAGNET SCHOOL?
CCSD magnet schools offer learning opportunities focused on thematic instruction such as science, performing arts, and career and technical education, preparing students for postsecondary education and the workforce. The purpose of magnet programs are to improve student achievement, promote diversity, and create an awareness of career opportunities relative to the fields of study in which students may be interested.
For more information on the offerings in CCSD, access this MENU OF MAGNET SCHOOLS.
The Recognize A Valued Employee (RAVE) Review Program is back! This program recognizes employees who go above and beyond and have demonstrated excellence in character, performance, and service. Fellow employees, parents/guardians, students, and community members are all eligible to nominate an employee.
Miller Activities and Athletics
Club and Activity Changes
The Miller Family encourages students to get involved in extra-curricular activities. The lineup of clubs, activities, and sports is frequently changing and being updated. Many updates have occurred in the past week. Please consult the links below before making plans for your son or daughter to attend an after-school activity so that you are certain the activity is meeting that day.
Click the links below to view offerings on campus.
Boys and girls basketball season is around the corner! The teams will play 14 regular season contests each, not including an in-season tournament. The teams will open their season on Wednesday, January 3 at Gunderson Middle School before hosting Hughes Middle School on Friday, January 5 in their home opener. More the complete schedule. click the link below.
Every Day Matters Campaign
During the previous academic year, the Clark County School District (CCSD) experienced a chronic absenteeism rate of 36 percent. That means one out of every three students was absent from school 10 percent or more of enrolled days for any reason.
Why it matters: It’s an issue we must address head-on and with urgency. When students miss classroom instruction, it hurts their student success, affecting their grades and social development.
But there is encouraging news we would like to share. CCSD has launched a campaign, Every Day Matters, that will use a strategic approach to improve student attendance.
This campaign will be a communitywide effort, involving nonprofit organizations, businesses, and local governments that partner with CCSD. For us to get students to regularly attend school, however, the fact is it will depend on you and your child.
In the weeks and months ahead, our school and CCSD will be offering tips and strategies that you can use to get your child excited about going to school. If you are concerned about your child’s attendance, request a meeting with school counselors or an administrator so we can work on making progress.